I hope that you find this news exciting.
The usual index page for such books has been posted, and from there you may order either a paperback ($12) or hardcover ($36) edition of this issue. This will allow you to hold our articles in the form of a physical object, lending tangibility and heft to the written word. Especially the hardcover version, which has pointy corners and could probably be used, Jason Bourne-style, to kill a man. (Disclaimer: Please use our books only in self-defense.)
The index page will also lead you to the first batch of online postings for this issue’s content, a series of biographies for the following villains of gaming’s 8-bit era:
- Double Dragon‘s Abobo
- Adventure‘s three dragons and black bat
- Asteroids‘ eponymous hazards
- Baramos from Dragon Quest (née Warrior) III
- Big Boss from Metal Gear; and
- Gradius‘ Big Core fighters.
Also online is the first of this issue’s standard video game critiques, a look back at the sadly underappreciated Super Punch-Out!! by retired GameSpite contributor Bob Mackey. More content to come in the following months! With luck we’ll have everything from this issue, GSQ6, and GS3 online by the time we’re ready to go live with issue 8, which is going to be an issue 5-like monstrosity.
Anyway! Please enjoy! Please tell your friends! Please do not feel obligated to pay money for this content as it will all be posted for free sooner or later! (But please feel free to support us if you’re so inclined.)
Edit: Looks like Blurb has some coupon codes that are valid through the end of the month (which unfortunately is tomorrow): NEWBLURB is good for 20% off (possibly only for U.S. buyers?) and you can get free flat-rate shipping by using SHARE (U.S. dollars), SHAREEU (Euro), SHARECAN (Canadian dollars), SHAREAUD (Australian dollars), and SHAREUK (pounds sterling). Flat-rate shipping is $7, so SHARE is the better deal if you’re spending less than $35 on books (which is to say, buying a paperback or two).