Twenty Boss Fight Books for $15 ⊟
Not only is the $15-plus tier on this Boss Fight Books Humble Bundle a basically irresistible eBook deal – it’s almost every book ever published by the company – but even the $1 tier includes ZZT by Anna Anthropy, one of my favorites in the series.
In 1991, long before Epic Games was putting out blockbusters like Unreal, Infinity Blade, and Gears of War, Tim Sweeney released a strange little MS-DOS shareware game called ZZT. The simplicity of its text graphics masked the complexity of its World Editor: players could use ZZT to design their own games.
This feature was a revelation to thousands of gamers, including Anna Anthropy, author of Rise of the Videogame Zinesters . ZZT is an exploration of a submerged continent, a personal history of the shareware movement, ascii art, messy teen identity struggle, cybersex, transition, outsider art, the thousand deaths of Barney the Dinosaur, and what happens when a ten-year-old gets her hands on a programming language she can understand. It’s been said that the first Velvet Underground album sold only a few thousand copies, but that everyone who heard it formed a band. Well not everyone has played ZZT, but everyone who played it became a game designer.
One of the strengths of Boss Fight (as exemplified in this book) is its synthesis of historical overviews of each game with personal experiences. I know the games I know better, and by reading, I feel like I know the games I haven’t even played.
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