It’s a couple of weeks late, but the second print volume of collected GameSpite articles is now up online for sale at Blurb. It’s available in both paperback and hardcover formats. Unlike with the Quarterlies, though, the only difference between the two editions is that the hardcover edition has a much nicer cover and a dust jacket. Otherwise, they’re the exact same 352 of compiled writings. Technically this makes it two pages shorter than Year One, Vol. 1, but the fact is that the new book has far more content since I’ve switched over to PDF format, allowing me to work with much denser text and use the full expanse of the page (Blurb’s BookSmart program forces ridiculously huge page margins and needlessly expansive leading on users, presumably to pad page count).
In addition to the other half of the GameSpite articles form 2007-2008 which weren’t collected in the first book, this volume also includes a ton of older archived articles on Mega Man and Metroid, culled from more than a decade of site archives, as part of fairly expansive sections on those two series. Many of the older articles aren’t readily available online, and in dredging them from my hard drive I’ve taken this opportunity to do some surgery on them so they’re better reads than they were ten years ago. I ended up scrapping one article altogether at the last moment, because it was irredeemably annoying. So, now I can say with confidence that this book is brimming with Good Stuff.
The paperback edition is $21 (more than the Quarterlies, but $2 less than Year One, Vol. 1) while the hardcover is $40 (a whole lot less than the limited run of Year One, Vol. 1 hardcovers sold for). This is in stark defiance of the upward trends of costs in modern America. I plan to offset this with extensive paid DLC, including three new maps and a set of horse armor. I’m not sure how those will work with a book, exactly, but I’ll figure something out.
Anyway, it looks like Blurb will be down for part of this morning, which is awesome timing. And I’m sure this will be completely lost in the E3 hubbub. But hey, it’s a book. Yup.