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    Default The Story Bundle: Shiny Pile of Nifty Video Game History E-Books

    http://www.storybundle.com apparently brings up different combinations of eBooks every now and then, and at the moment they've got quite the shiny collection of video game books:

    The Making of Karateka by Jordan Mechner
    Kill Screen Issues 2 and 6
    Confessions of the Game Doctor by Bill Kunkel
    Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson
    Killing is Harmless by Brendan Keogh
    Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood by Jamie Russell

    Pay at least $10 for:
    Videogames: In the Beginning by Ralph H. Baer
    The Making of Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner
    250 Indie Games You Must Play by Mike Rose
    Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of Videogames by Leonard Herman

    Constellation Games is actually a work of science fiction; there is a gushing BoingBoing review here:
    http://boingboing.net/2013/02/20/con...-debut-sf.html
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    Thanks for posting this, Mr. Pho. I've been meaning to read about five of the books offered for sale in this bundle and this is a good way to get them on the cheap! Plus the other six books/magazines look like they might be interesting reads too. Well worth $10.

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    It's back! Maybe not quite as good this time, but still pretty good.

    Dreamcast Worlds by Zoya Street
    Kill Screen Issue 1 by Kill Screen Magazine
    Blue Wizard Is About To Die by Seth Barkan
    Kill Screen Issue 7 by Kill Screen Magazine
    The Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures by Kurt Kalata

    Pay $10 for:
    Vaporware by Richard Dansky
    Rise of the Videogame Zinesters by Anna Anthropy
    A Slow Year by Ian Bogost
    Replay: The History of Video Games by Tristan Donovan

    I am astonished to see Blue Wizard Is About To Die resurrected after ten years. For a book of poetry it was well regarded in that bygone era.
    http://www.digitpress.com/forum/show...t-To-Die!-quot

    And I made a small contribution to The Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures . It is a hefty, comprehensive tome.
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    Books ($5+)
    • HG101 Presents: Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2 (Includes Vol. 1!) by Kurt Kalata
    • Critical Hits by Zoe Jellicoe
    • Once Upon a Point & Click by David L. Craddock

    Additional books ($15+)
    • Fallen Down - Heartache & Compassion in Undertale by Joel Couture
    • The Offworld Collection by Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson
    • Independent by Design by Stace Harman and John Robertson
    • Boss Fight Books: Kingdom Hearts II by Alexa Ray Corriea
    • Somebody Set Us Up the ROM, Part One by John Harris

    The short of it: Pay what you want ($5 or more) for books about computer and video games. At $15+, you'll get a few more books included.

    Time left at the time of this post: only about 12 hours.

    Link: https://storybundle.com/games

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    The Winter Wonderland Game Bundle, curated Simon Carless:
    This year's winter game bundle has massive standout books (Chris Kohler's Boss Fight Books tome on Final Fantasy V, bundled for the first time!), StoryBundle ONLY exclusives (the second in John Harris' tremendously fun ROM hacking books, plus a great David Craddock interview compilation), unexpected books from big publishers (Roland Li's excellent eSports tome) and loads more.

    So whether you want wacky translation hijinks (Retro Game Super Translation Section), smartly written prose from an early don of video game columnists (Trigger Happy 2.0), or several other standout books, this bundle may just be for you!
    The Books ($5+)
    • Verb/ose by Duncan R. Piasecki
    • The KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding by Wolfgang Baur
    • Trigger Happy 2.0 by Steven Poole

    The Extra Books ($15+)
    • Making Fun: Stories of Game Development Vol. 1 by David L. Craddock
    • GameDev Stories: Interviews About Game Development and Culture by David L. Craddock
    • Boss Fight Books: Final Fantasy V by Chris Kohler
    • Retro Game Super Translation Selection by Kurt Kalata and Hanenashi Error
    • Good Luck Have Fun: The Rise of eSports by Roland Li
    • Somebody Set Up Us the ROM, Part One by John Harris
    • Somebody Set Up Us the ROM, Part Two by John Harris

    Pay what you want ($5 or more) for DRM-free eBooks about computer games and video games. At $15+, you'll get a extra eBooks included. They are in ePub and Mobi formats and can be easily read on any computer using the free Calibre eReader software for Linux, Mac, or Windows as well as being viewable on tablets, smartphones, and dedicated eBook readers.

    The sale runs until December 21st at StoryBundle.

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