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Twenty-five games, thirty years, over eighty ports—whatever the number, there've been a heck of a lot of games based on The Simpsons. The story of the animated sitcom that tried to make it in video games is a long and sordid tale, now collected here in the unauthorized retrospective for your reading pleasure.

Originally written in 2019-2020, Bart vs. My Hopes & Dreams is the culmination of nearly two decades of fan obsession by a man who wouldn't let Simpsons video games fumble gently into that good night. With detailed critiques from a longtime writer and game industry veteran, as well as collected insights from the original creators, this is the most complete look at every Simpsons video game ever made.

An early version of the book was previously available online, but this ebook edition is the definitive story with numerous revisions and improvements. I cannot quantify the amount of time, research, and hardware that went into writing this book, but I hope the pay-what-you-want price feels fair. Thank you for your support!

Ebook details:

  • Coverage of 25 Simpsons video games from 1990 to 2012
  • EPUB, MOBI, and PDF
  • 389 pages (PDF)


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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Your passion and knowledge of the subject shines through. It's really well written and I particularly liked how you weaved the arc of the franchise's journey in video games with your own personal experiences, from playing the first game in a video arcade as a kid to writing walkthroughs, creating a fansite, and ultimately getting to actually work on the game at Electronic Arts. In fact, it's this personal background tied to the history of each game that makes this book such a compelling and worthwhile read. Highly recommended. Well done!

Hey there, thanks so much and I'm glad you liked it!