Boss Fight Books brings the video game nostalgia in paperback form
By Matthew O’Mara
Video game books are something of a double edged laser sword.
While gaming books are often fascinating to read and the history of the medium is often rich and colourful, video game literature is often dense in both size and complexity.
Gabe Durham, co-founder of Boss Fight Books, wants to change all that by creating his own series of books that feature in depth examinations of classic video game titles.
“I was reading a book on the history of Nintendo and it was fun, but it was covering so much history,” Mr. Durham said in an interview from Los Angeles.
“There were some parts I just wanted it to slow down and tell me more.”
Inspired by the 33⅓ series of books that tell the history of classic music albums — for example Radiohead’s Ok Computer – in splendid detail, with each tome designed to focus on specific themes and analysis.
The same will hold true for Boss Fight Books, Mr. Durham said.
“I got on Google and searched for thirty three and a third of video games and I fully expected there to be something because it just made so much sense,” Mr. Durham said.