Boss Fight Books

In an approach that mirrors the 33 1/3 book series–which devotes entire books to significant albums of the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries–Boss Fight Books, begun in June 2013, has started releasing entire books on important and/or interesting videogames. Begun by Gabe Durham and Ken Baumann, they have released books on EarthBound (1994) and just published a book on the classic Chrono Trigger (1995). They have books forthcoming on ZZT (1991), Galaga (1981), Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988), and Jagged Alliance 2 (1999) (all the links are to the books). I haven’t had a chance to read Ken Bauman’s take on EarthBound or Michael P. Williams on Chrono Trigger yet, but perhaps good for some summer reading.

Also, my friend Salvatore Pane, who got his MFA in Fiction from the University of Pittsburgh, and is now currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Indianapolis, has a pretty interesting interview on Buzzfeed with the series’ founders where they discuss the book series and EarthBound at length. Check it out.


About Bradley J. Fest

Bradley J. Fest is assistant professor of English at Hartwick College. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015) and The Shape of Things (Salò, 2017), along with a number of essays on contemporary literature and culture. He blogs at The Hyperarchival Parallax.
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1 Response to Boss Fight Books

  1. bwg8 says:

    EarthBound is one of my favorite games! 🙂 I love the way they try to set up the game with some quirky, silly humor and the kid-like “One-Two-Three-Four” city naming combined with the absolute tonal shift toward the end of it. I could talk at length about this game and the little stuff, like the poppy seeds in the desert or the house with no back wall, as well as the larger themes, such as the final boss conspiracy. It’s all so interesting! Seriously considering buying the paperback you linked, and I’ve read a whole lot about this game already.

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