StoryBundle Video Game Bundle 7.0 includes 'Stay Awhile and Listen' (Plus, a Shack Giveaway)

The latest batch of eBooks from StoryBundle includes 'Stay Awhile and Listen,' a detailed history of Blizzard North written by author and Chatty poster David Craddock. Plus, learn how to win a copy of Craddock's latest book, 'Dungeaon Hacks.'


Today has been a pretty good day for the Shacknews community. Beyond poster eonix and his colleagues releasing their first trailer for Astroneer, we have author and regular poster David Craddock, who is still riding high after the recent release of his most recent tome, "Dungeon Hacks." But before that, he wrote a detailed history of Blizzard North called "Stay Awhile and Listen," a book that was covered at length here at Shacknews. Those looking to catch up with that book now have their chance to do so, courtesy of a new bundle from the folks at StoryBundle.

StoryBundle has offered up The Video Game Bundle 7.0, which features a number of books centered around video game culture and history. Authors include acclaimed writers like USgamer's Jeremy Parish, Offworld's Leigh Alexander, and of course, our own Mr. Craddock. So pay what you want for "Boss Fight Books: Baldur's Gate II" by Matt Bell, "Shooter" by Patrick Lindsey and Reid McCarter, "Video War" by Stephen Manes, and "Stay Awhile and Listen" by David Craddock. Pay $12 or more to also get "Game Boy World 1989" by Jeremy Parish, "HG101 Presents: The Unofficial Guide to Konami Shooter" by Kurt Kalata, "Boss Fight Books: Metal Gear Solid" by Ashly and Anthony Burch, and "Mona" by Leigh Alexander and Emily Carroll as both an e-Book and audiobook.

StoryBundle books are delivered across all supported devices, including eReaders and smartphones. Users split their proceeds between StoryBundle and the authors, but can also opt to give 10 percent of their money to charity.

As a bonus, Shacknews is giving away five copies of "Dungeon Hacks," courtesy of Mr. Craddock, as well as three copies of the StoryBundle collection. To enter this giveaway, simply join the conversation and leave a comment in this thread about your favorite video game-related book. We will draw winners at the end of the day today, Wednesday, October 7.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

From The Chatty
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      October 7, 2015 12:11 PM

      Currently listening to the Audiobook "Masters of Doom" written by David Kushner and narrated by Wil Wheaton. I'm about 60% done and it's been fantastic! It's very well put together story about the two Johns (Carmack and Romero) and the earliest days of id Software. From Commander Keen to Wolfenstein 3D to Doom. I'm at about the part when Doom 2 is nearing release and Quake is just a bunch of code. May very well be my favorite book so far.

      Excellent story and could make a fun miniseries on TV haha. I just wanna see someone cast as Carmack go "mmmm" after his lines. Could make stylistic scenes of what goes on in his mind or how he sees the code all A Beautiful Mind style. Plus strippers happened so it can be an HBO show haha.

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        October 7, 2015 12:42 PM

        Haven't tried the audio version of MoD. I might give that a listen since you're enjoying it.

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          October 7, 2015 3:36 PM

          Yeah. I've heard a lot of the stories in the book before in other sources and different friends. But this book really ties it all together and fills in the rest of the details I haven't heard in a visceral way.

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      October 7, 2015 1:51 PM


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      October 7, 2015 1:53 PM

      I actually haven't read any video game books. I keep meaning to get around to a few but just never have done so.

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      October 7, 2015 4:49 PM

      I remember liking The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon when I bought it years ago.

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      October 8, 2015 6:13 AM

      My favorite, dumb as it sounds, is the World's of Power Blaster Master book. Probably not what you guys are talking about, in which case it'd be this old book called "Behind the Scenes at Sega: The Making of a Video Game." Pretty nifty, detailed different methods they used in games like Earthworm Jim and Jurassic Park. Probably why I want to make games now.

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      October 8, 2015 7:36 AM

      Aw, man. I totally missed this.

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      October 9, 2015 2:44 PM


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