From Retrospective Deep Dives to the History of Beloved Video Game Publishers, ‘Press Run’ Aims to Offer Good Reads to Gamers
Limited Run Games, pioneers dedicated to the preservation of classic, current, and influential games in the physical format, announced today the launch of the company’s new book publishing imprint, Press Run. Led by former games journalists Jeremy Parish (1Up Network, USgamer, IGN, Retronauts) and Jared Petty (IGN, Kinda Funny, Electronic Arts), Press Run will publish new, high quality books on video games and game-adjacent topics on a monthly basis, starting today. Designed from the ground up as an exclusive print label for both original publications from the Limited Run Games team and talented authors around the world, Press Run aims to publish good reads for gamers looking for more than the usual latest-release discourse.
“Our long-term goal with Press Run is to create an ever-growing library of great books covering a wide array of topics, across a variety of formats and styles by a diverse lineup of authors,” said Press Run Media Curator Jeremy Parish. “Press Run will exist to keep great books in circulation for as long as people want to have them.”
“Readers searching for meaningful, informed, and entertaining stories by great writers will find a lot to love in Press Run books,” said Press Run Senior Editor and Project Manager Jared Petty. “We’re helping authors share their passion for games with larger audiences… it’s a thrill to get up every day and be a small part of that process.”
Press Run will offer its new books for sale once they have finished production and are ready to ship to customers. Press Run books will uphold the gold standard that Limited Run Games is known for with their products. Additionally, some books will be produced and made available as limited collector’s editions, while the basic editions of every published book will continue to circulate for as long as demand exists, providing the treatment, legacy, and preservation Press Run editors and Limited Run Games staff feel these works deserve.
Press Run Books Available Now and Coming Soon Include:
Limited Run: The Complete Run Vol. I – 2015-16
Paperback ($24.99) and Hardcover ($54.99) – Available now
The first volume in an ongoing series that will be an essential companion for game collectors and Limited Run Games fans alike. The Complete Run offers a comprehensive overview of the company’s growing catalog from the very beginning, with full-color packaging photography and scans, extensive text overviews, screenshots, and checklists of everything produced and sold by Limited Run Games.
NES Works 1987
Collector’s Edition, Paperback ($34.99), Hardcover ($39.99) – Available Nov. 2022
A massive look at every game that shipped for Nintendo’s 8-bit console in its breakout year, 1987. Everything you could ever want to know about timeless masterpieces like The Legend of Zelda, Punch-Out!!, and Castlevania, as well as more esoteric titles like Arkanoid and Sqoon. The definitive book on this essential slice of video game history!
Virtual Boy Works
Paperback ($29.99) and Hardcover ($34.99) – Available Sept. 29
A revised second edition of our comprehensive Virtual Boy retrospective. Contains in-depth timelines, retrospectives, and photography of every game published in the U.S. and Japan for Nintendo’s least popular (but arguably most fascinating!) system.
The History of Sunsoft Vol. I by Stefan Gancer
Paperback ($19.99) and Hardcover ($34.99) – Available Sept. 29
An exhaustively researched exploration of the history of one of gaming’s true creative powerhouses, Japanese publisher Sunsoft. From its origins as a textile company to its breakout titles for arcades and NES, The History of Sunsoft is supported by extensive interviews and first-hand accounts by the people behind the company!
PlayStation: A Retrospective
Paperback ($24.99) – Available Oct. 2022
Back in print! This massive 400-plus book is packed with essays, commentary, and history, all centered on Sony’s first-ever console: The original PlayStation. Previously available only as a print-on-demand title and long out of circulation, this edition combines high-quality full-color printing with a budget-friendly price for the first time.
These books will be joined each month by a variety of new books, including works by authors Kurt Kalata, Chris Kohler, and more.
Fans can join Jeremy Parish for a meet and greet at Portland Retro Expo – Booth #267 followed by a signing event at Limited Run Retail store in Apex, NC on Nov. 5th. More details will be available on the blog at LimitedRunGames.com.
Press Run books will be available to order and purchase on the official LimitedRunGames.com website.
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