The Exclusive Retro Game Bundle - Curated by David L. Craddock: Whether rain or shine, this summer's Exclusive Retro Game Bundle at StoryBundle offers nearly a dozen eBooks about video game development and culture to keep your mind busy and make your thumbs itch—including six exclusives and two books in .epub and .mobi formats for the first time—you won't find anywhere else. A portion of this DRM-free bundle will be donated to the World Health Organization (WHO) Covid-19 Response Fund as it continues to bring relief to people around the world affected by Covid-19.

Read more about the 11 books in the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book!



  • Authors Support awesome authors by paying however much you think their work is worth!
  • Bonus_big Pay at least $15 to unlock another EIGHT books, which makes six exclusives and two books only found here in .epub and. mobi!
  • Computers Read all our books on just about any tablet, ereader, laptop or
    even your smartphone.


Dungeons & Desktops by Matt Barton

"Dungeons & Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing games is an incredible tour-de-force of a recreational industry."

– The Midwest Book Review, April 2008

Honoring the Code by Matt Barton

"Fans of classic games will appreciate the insider stories and explanations of the reasoning behind particular choices in game play and development. Students of game history will benefit from the detailed look at specific moments in the development of many significant games. The author is obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about games and communicates that clearly throughout the text. … Summing Up: Recommended. Students of all levels in game design programs; general readers."

– E. Bertozzi, Long Island University, in CHOICE

Retro Gaming - Volume 1 by Kieren Hawken

"Downloaded this to read on the train as doing a lot of travelling this week. Brought back so many memories of getting a 2600 for my birthday and playing classics like Moon Patrol, Jungle Hunt and Asteroids. This book as as unpretentious as they come, unlike so many out there it doesn't pretend to be authoritative, an "ultimate guide" or a "complete history". It's a just a trip back to a simpler time when we played the same game for hours without getting bored and then swapped them with our mates. I am glad it says Volume 1 because I can't wait for Volume 2, plenty more classics left to cover!"

– Amazon Review

Candid Conversations in Code by Ethan Johnson

"It is easy to forget the often humble origins of the video game industry, which has proven to be has impactful to modern culture as the radio and television. Candid Conversations of Code puts to page the lives and careers of several of its pioneers, providing engaging first-hand accounts from a wide array of programmers and developers from the industry's early infancy. It is essential reading for any enthusiast of the history of video games and electronics."

– Derek L of the Hellenistic Age Podcast

GameDev Stories: Volume 6 - How Games Are Made by David L. Craddock

"By giving bedroom hackers equal billing with company founders, Craddock successfully illustrates the tremendous breadth of voices behind the creation of video games. Taken as a whole, Craddock's interviews masterfully weave together the artistry, business, and humanity of game development into a work that explains what game development is far more successfully than any individual could ever hope to."

– Frank Cifaldi, game developer and founder of The Video Game History Foundation

Boss Fight Books: Postal by Brock Wilbur & Nathan Rabin

"Nathan Rabin and Brock Wilbur show that behind even the most forgettable trash culture footnote lies a fascinating, horrifying, weirdly poignant story."

– Elliott Kalan



Bonus activated!
70% for Authors 30% for StoryBundle
Learn More

You are purchasing The Exclusive Retro Game Bundle.



Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price is $15 or more, you get EIGHT more books: Dungeons & Desktops by Matt Barton (in .epub and .mobi for the first time!), Honoring the Code by Matt Barton (in .epub and .mobi for the first time!), HG101 Digest Vol. 6: Namco Arcade Classics by Kurt Kalata, Boss Fight Books: Postal by Brock Wilbur & Nathan Rabin, Retro Gaming - Volume 1 by Kieren Hawken (StoryBundle Exclusive!), Candid Conversations in Code by Ethan Johnson (StoryBundle Exclusive!), Bottomless Pit - Volume 1 by David L. Craddock (StoryBundle Exclusive!), The Black Book of Animal Crossing New Horizons by John Harris (StoryBundle Exclusive!)!

Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!

Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the "Learn More" link next the charities when you purchase.

Easy delivery. It's super convenient to get these ebooks onto your reader of choice—just download and sync. Better yet, if you have a Kindle or Kindle-enabled tablet or smartphone, we can send the books directly to your device. No computer required.

Missed our previous bundles? Check them out here.