Curated by Simon Carless

In a special holiday 'rewind' to one of its most popular "pay what you want" ebook bundles, StoryBundle is proud to present The Video Game Bundle 1.0 Rewind. First made available in May 2013, and being offered again for one week only, the specially curated set of ten full-length game culture & history books/magazines spans such notables as Prince Of Persia's Jordan Mechner, Kill Screen Magazine, "father of games" Ralph Baer, Generation Xbox and acclaimed game-related fiction from Leonard Richardson. In total the bundle features nearly $100 worth of books for a fraction of that price.

The Video Game Bundle, curated by game industry veteran Simon Carless, includes multiple titles that are making their ebook debut, plus a host of other rare and sought-after titles.

Highlights from the set of ten books and magazines include Jordan Mechner's extensive diaries on the making of seminal '80s platform game Karateka ("Jordan's journals are remarkable...a great inspiration" – Will Wright, SimCity/The Sims creator), as well as Jamie Russell's painstakingly researched "Hollywood and games" non-fiction book Generation Xbox, which spans the Super Mario Bros movie through Spielberg's LMNO and beyond.

Other notables include two full electronic issues (Back To School and Change) of literate, acclaimed game magazine Kill Screen—spanning almost 200 pages of writing from a who's who of video game critics, Killing Is Harmless, a surprising book-length journey by critic Brendan Keogh through the surprising narrative twists and turns of 2K and Yager's thought-provoking game Spec Ops: The Line, and Confessions Of the Game Doctor by the late Bill Kunkel, a borderline gonzo memoir of the '80s Electronic Games Magazine editor. Game Informer magazine notes of Kunkel's Game Doctor that it "details the slings, arrows, sex and drugs of outrageous fortune... as a warts-and-all autobiography, it's unmatched."

Must-have bonus books include the world ebook premiere of Ralph Baer's In The Beginning - a vital autobiography on the Odyssey creator's role in the creation of video games - plus Jordan Mechner's acclaimed Prince Of Persia diaries ("A fantastic read.” – D.B. Weiss, co-creator; HBO’s Game of Thrones), and Leonard Richardson's fictional novel about "space aliens and video games and love and computer programming", Constellation Games ("AN AMAZING BOOK... one of the smartest, most passionate, most principled science fiction novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading." – Cory Doctorow, New York Times best-selling author & BoingBoing co-editor.) – Simon Carless

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

  • Kill Screen Issue 2: Back to School by Kill Screen Magazine
  • Confessions of the Game Doctor by Bill Kunkel
  • The Making of Karateka by Jordan Mechner
  • Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson
  • Killing is Harmless by Brendan Keogh

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you'll get another five books:

  • Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of Videogames by Leonard Herman
  • Kill Screen Issue 6: The Change Issue by Kill Screen Magazine
  • Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood by Jamie Russell
  • The Making of Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner
  • Videogames: In the Beginning by Ralph H. Baer

Note: Due to licensing restrictions, we are unable to feature 250 Indie Games You Must Play from the original run again in this bundle.

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, and .mobi and, special for this bundle, .pdf!) for all books!

It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We've chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that's fine! You'll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there's nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We're currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you're not just getting five books, you're getting ten!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for and

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