Crowdfunded book project: Shareware Heroes

  • So this book project was brought to my attention the other day, and I figured I'd give it a mention over here: Shareware Heroes: Independent Games at the Dawn of the Internet

    I'm not in love with the industry-centric framing of the pitch video, but I'm extremely excited to see others take shareware history seriously. The author promises to conduct lots of first-hand interviews with various people involved in shareware, which, you won't be surprised to hear, I think is absurdly valuable work. I can't be the only one out there interviewing folks about this stuff, I'm far too slow!

  • Thanks for signal boosting this! I'm really excited to see more of this stuff. Anything that contributes to decentralizing the narrative of games is very valuable! (I like the look of the design, too.)

  • Shareware Heroes is now on Kickstarter for one final big push to raise the rest of the money and get the work going in earnest. Seems to be off to a strong start already! Hopefully the funding will finally come through and Richard is finally able to really dig in - since hearing about this project, I've been listening to his podcasts Ludiphilia and The Life And Times of Videogames, and he does good work.

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