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

Category: Industries
Author: David Kushner
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by afty   2019-11-17

The book this is based on is truly excellent. I highly recommend it.

by wurpyvert   2019-11-17

If yall haven't read the book it's fucking stellar. Should be required reading for anyone remotely interested in gaming history.

(It's about development and history of Doom and the legendary partnership of the two johns. If you want to understand the birth of first person shooters and multiplayer games as we know them today- read it. It's a breeze to read and it's really fascinating).

by Semi-Hemi-Demigod   2019-11-17

I just finished Masters of Doom which talks about the various panics over games in the context of the video game violence panics of the 90s. The ones spearheading that were all Boomers, especially after Columbine when their precious children were "traumatized" by "murder simulators."

BTW, Wil Wheaton narrates it and his Lieberman impersonation is spot on.

by doomlaser   2019-07-05
Patrick Collison, co-founder of Stripe, keeps a cool reading list with tons of books, color coded by the impact they had on him. He's clearly a voracious reader on a wide range of topics. I happened to find it yesterday and found tons of books and authors to add to my Amazon wishlists: https://www.amazon.com/Masters-Doom-Created-Transformed-Cult... - It's also in the news that USA has ordered a pilot for a TV adaptation. Here's hoping it's good!
by freyr   2018-08-29
Making Prince of Persia is terrific. I'd also recommend Masters of Doom, a book about the heyday of id Software.

https://www.amazon.com/Masters-Doom-Created-Transformed-Cult...

by mxstbr   2017-10-23
If you liked this and haven't read it yet definitely check out Masters of Doom![0]

It's about the two John's (Carmack and Romero) and how they created Doom, Quake et al. and why id Software broke up eventually. Very fascinating, highly recommended book!

[0]: https://www.amazon.com/Masters-Doom-Created-Transformed-Cult...

by rubayeet   2017-09-29
Master of Doom[0] chronicles the rise of Id, how partnerships formed, how the games were designed and developed, how the founders took the company to become multimillion dollar behemoth, and the unfortunate split between them. Excellent read if you are into video games and startups.

[0] https://www.amazon.ca/Masters-Doom-Created-Transformed-Cultu...

by MichaelTieso   2017-08-19
This is very fitting since I started reading "Masters of DOOM" book just a couple days ago. Haven't been able to put it down. Great read about the two Johns and the story of id Software.

http://www.amazon.com/Masters-Doom-Created-Transformed-Cultu...

by jere   2017-08-19
There has, is, and will continue to be. Seeing that Carmack practically invented the FPS genre over 20 years ago and he's still writing games today, I view him as a mythical figure.

http://www.amazon.com/Masters-Doom-Created-Transformed-Cultu...