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Tue Oct 16 18 06:57pm
Rating: 1

You can tell it's Shovel Knight because of the tiny plain black words against a white background that says "Shovel Knight" on it. The complete lack of color is a nice touch, really reminds me of the game, as does the 600 B.C. warrior helmet picture they bought off Shutterstock.

I love Shovel Knight. A book on it's development sounds wonderful but I'd never buy this based on the cover alone. This is a book about a game featuring a whale-apple hybrid that sings to you. I'm not sure how this cover is supposed to represent that in the slightest. Quit with these hideous art house covers and get with the spirit of the medium you're writing about, dude. They did the same thing to Mega Man, leading me to think Boss Fight Books struggles with the concept that they write for gamers rather than pretentious star bucks baristas convinced that their hobby isn't "fine art" until it's something their great grandparents would pick up and read.

Gaming has it's own unique identity, especially Shovel Knight. That's all been thrown away and replaced with nothing of value. What was so wrong with Shovel Knight that despite writing an entire book about it you won't put it on your cover? This reminds me of when Square Enix was parading around a horrible Florence and the Machine cover song in Final Fantasy XV and saying nothing of the game's actual composer who worked on it for ten years. Square was hiding their actual content, and their actual talent, to appeal to people who don't play.

Sorry for the negativity, this sort of thing just really gets under my skin. You write about video games. That's not a demeaning statement. Video games are amazing for being exactly what they are so quit pretending this is something that it's not, because what it is is nothing that needs to be hidden behind some avant-garde book cover.