Summer Smash Game eBook Storybundle smashes into town!

[Well, the Game eBook Storybundle series, which I very much enjoy curating, returns – again benefiting the Video Game History Foundation as optional charity – & this one is special since it has a bunch of ‘first time in eBook’ or even ‘first time published anywhere’ books in it! Hope you enjoy…]

Picture, if you will, a secret bookshelf. Three times a year, behind a special oak panel, it’s refreshed with a ton of fascinating books about video games, as if by magic. Those books span gamuts, from fascinating anthologies to wonderful cultural histories, all the way to single-book drill downs on some of the best video games in history. But how – you may ask – would you get access to this wonderful magic bookshelf?

Well, it turns out that if you just log on to the Internet and go to the StoryBundle website, these so-called ‘Video Game StoryBundles’ run thrice in a calendar year, and the latest one, available at a ‘pay what you want’ prices and including exclusive tomes on Undertale & ROM hacking, & the first-ever eBook version of the acclaimed Indie By Design interview/profile book, is available… when? When? Right now, good Sir!

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Why (and how!) I’m backing No More Robots

By now, you may have noticed that Mike Rose – former IndieGames & Gamasutra editor, more recently at indie publisher Tinybuild where he worked with rather good games like Punch Club, Party Hard and Clustertruck – has announced a brand new independent video game publisher, No More Robots.

I’m delighted to say that I’m an initial investor in No More Robots, and also am advising Mike & team (which also includes supersmart UK lawyer/biz guy Jas Purewal as another advisor/investor) on strategy/A&R. Continue reading

‘Video Game Deep Cuts’ – weekly newsletter goodness!

Just because I never actually blogged about it here, wanted to alert y’all to Video Game Deep Cuts, the weekly newsletter I started up a few months ago.

As described in the overview, it’s “the best longread & standout articles about video games, every weekend”, and it started because, as I noted in the inaugural newsletter, “Inspired by REDEF in particular, & other recommendation newsletters like Level Up Report in general, I’ve found there’s a lot of value in compiling good/interesting content in one focused place.”

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Introducing The Rogue Souls Game Storybundle

[Totally delighted that we’re debuting the first Game eBook Storybundle of 2017 that I’ve once again curated! Some of the highlights of this one are an excellent Dark Souls book, an exclusive book on classic video game bugs, a tome on the launch of the NES, & lots more – with the Video Game History Foundation – of which I’m a board member – the designated bundle charity.] 

“Continuing its popular “pay what you want” ebook bundles, StoryBundle is very proud to present the Rogue Souls Game StoryBundle. This very special bundle includes 10 standout game-centric ebooks headed by Dark Souls tribute ‘You Died’ & Rogue genre history ‘Dungeon Hacks’ – with the newly launched Video Game History Foundation non-profit designated as the charity for this bundle.

The basic purchase tier ($5 or above) for the Rogue Souls Game StoryBundle includes ‘Beep – The Complete Interviews’ from Karen Collins & Chris Greening, conducted for the acclaimed game audio documentary of the same name and featuring a ton of amazing interviews with notable Western and Japanese game audio greats. Also included is ‘Boss Fight Books – Mega Man 3’ by Salvatore Pane, an affecting personal history that’s also a deep look into Capcom’s all-time NES classic Mega Man 3, one of the trickiest but most rewarding platformers ever to grace Nintendo platforms.

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Game Developers Conference – seven new things you’ll love in 2017!

As we’re getting ready to put on Game Developers Conference once more (it’s Feb. 27th to March 3rd in San Francisco!), thought it might be a good opportunity, as a co-organizer, to point out some of the new things we’re doing this year – many of which i’m QUITE EXCITED about.

And yes, although we’d love you to get a full GDC 2017 conference pass, a number of these new things can be viewed/played with by Expo Pass holders. More neat things for more neat people! Here’s the highlights: Continue reading

GDC 2017 teams up with iam8bit to debut Art Boss game art showcase!

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[One of a few new things we’re doing for GDC 2017, I wanted to highlight this collaboration with the wonderful folks at iam8bit, because I think it’s a great example of a community-centric ‘thing’ that we can help to provide.

A free-to-enter art showcase which’ll have spectacular art from _all_ parts of the game dev process and a physical gallery at GDC itself is a super-cool thing, and we’re very excited to work on it. More GDC announcements soon…]

The Game Developers Conference is partnering with creative production company iam8bit to present the first annual Art Boss, a new art showcase taking place during the GDC 2017 conference February 27 through March 3rd at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Art Boss aims to be the definitive annual showcase for artists working in the games industry and highlights all forms of artwork created during the production of a game, from concept to release.

All videogame art, including, but not limited to, pre-production concept art, production art, and in-game assets can be submitted online with no entry fee required. Artists can submit their work for consideration via the official website. Continue reading

Pico Game Storybundle adds PICO-8, zines, much more!

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[So it’s time for the latest Game Storybundle, and I’m particularly happy with this latest one. It features the super-cute ‘fantasy console’ creation software PICO-8 & some related zines – newly converted to Kindle format – plus a LOAD of other great eBooks, from Dungeons & Dreamers to a ‘Worlds Of Power’ Dark Souls pastiche to a Super Mario Bros 3 book & much more. And the PICO-8 & zine bundle shares plus my curator share AND the optional charity cut go to Pixelles – infinite thanks to Lexaloffle and SectorDub for their kind generosity here! Miss it at your peril.]

Continuing its popular “pay what you want” eBook bundles, StoryBundle is very proud to present the Pico Game StoryBundle. This very special bundle includes the full version of PICO-8, the acclaimed ‘fantasy console’ 8-bit game creation software allowing creators to make their own ‘stories’, plus the PICO-8 Zine eBook & 8 other standout game-centric eBooks – with a major share of the bundle benefiting women in games non-profit Pixelles.

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Latest Storybundle goes deep with Spelunky, Go & more

bundle_105_cover[So excited to be debuting the latest Game Storybundle – this one took some compiling, and had me commissioning exclusive eBooks, finding some supercool hidden gems like Jon Peterson’s tome, and even researching books on Go! My comments on each book are below the announce, and I hope you enjoy.]

Continuing its popular “pay what you want” ebook bundles, StoryBundle is very proud to present the Giga Game StoryBundle – the latest in the series of its acclaimed eBook bundles. This specially picked set of 8 fascinating game culture & history books once again features a multitude of great titles – including exclusive eBooks – for a fraction of their retail price. Continue reading

Welcoming our (standalone) VR Developers Conference

[Vvrdcirtual reality still has a (long?) way to come before becoming a truly mainstream technology. But there’s a lot of fascinating innovations – and problems to solve.

Which is why I’m delighted that myself and my colleagues are starting a standalone VRDC – spanning all types of VR, beyond just games & entertainment in SF this Nov. Info below!]

Great news, VR enthusiasts: GDC organizers are proud to announce that the first ever standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference, the premier event for creators of immersive VR (and AR) experiences, will be held this November 2-3 in San Francisco.

This will be the second edition of VRDC, following the strikingly successful debut of VRDC as a sibling conference to GDC 2016 earlier this year.

Bringing an expanded focus overseen by a new advisory board, the two‐day event will bring together VR/AR experts from multiple industries to share best practices, demo new technology, create new business partnerships, and exchange ideas with innovators shaping the industry. Continue reading

Six Key Takeaways On Where E3 Is Headed

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I had a chance to check out the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) trade show – http://www.e3expo.com – in Los Angeles this week, alongside some of its related press events.

I thought it might be useful to write something up for those who didn’t attend – or are intrigued about where the show, which is the dominant ‘consumer-centric video game show’ in North America, is going.

And actually, I don’t think ‘E3 week’ is going anywhere right now – but some of the physical constituent parts of it may be shifting around.

Here’s the six key takeaways, from my view: Continue reading