Masters of Doom : How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture, Paperback Book

Masters of Doom : How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture Paperback

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Masters of Doom is the true inside story of the Lennon and McCartney of the video game industry: John Carmack and John Romero.

Together they created an empire, ruled a multibillion-dollar industry, and provoked a national controversy.

They lived a unique American dream, escaping their broken homes to co-create the most innovative and notoriously successful video games in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. David Kushner has been covering the video game industry for ten years and knows all the angles.

Even those with no interest in video games will be fascinated by this vastly entertaining tale of friendship, betrayal and the genesis of a multibillion-dollar popular art form.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Biography: business & industry
  • ISBN: 9780749924898



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Masters of Doom (2003) is a history of the invention of the First Person Shooter (FPS) as told through the story of "two Johns", Carmack and Romero, of iD Software, who created Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake. If you were born ca. 1962-1982 these games are probably part of your cultural lexicon when growing up but with the passage of time it might be easy to forgot how revolutionary they were when they first came out. Despite the book being 10 years old it has aged well as a history of the invention of modern PC gaming in the 1990s. The story is human and quite epic, there's more to it than just games, it's about people and how success can change a person and choices made, fame and failure. These are the "heroes" of our generation (X). This book is a tribute to the invention of a whole new culture, a story not widely known, and a better one than that of Facebook.The audiobook narrated by Wil Wheaton released in 2012 is excellent and adds a new dimension. There are rumors of a movie, we can hope.