Masters of Doom

Masters of Doom

How Two Guys Created An Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

Book - 2003
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"To my taste, the greatest American myth of cosmogenesis features the maladjusted, antisocial, genius teenage boy who, in the insular laboratory of his own bedroom, invents the universe from scratch.Mastersof Doomis a particularly inspired rendition. Dave Kushner chronicles the saga of video game virtuosi Carmack and Romero with terrific brio. This is a page-turning, mythopoeic cyber-soap opera about two glamorous geek geniuses--and it should be read while scarfing down pepperoni pizza and swilling Diet Coke, with Queens of the Stone Age cranked up all the way." --MarkLeyner, author ofI Smell Esther Williams Masters of Doomis the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to co-create the most notoriously successful game franchises in history--Doom and Quake--until the games they made tore them apart. Americans spend more money on video games than on movie tickets.Masters of Doomis the first book to chronicle this industry's greatest story, written by one of the medium's leading observers. David Kushner takes readers inside the rags-to-riches adventure of two rebellious entrepreneurs who came of age to shape a generation. The vivid portrait reveals why their games are so violent and why their immersion in their brilliantly designed fantasy worlds offered them solace. And it shows how they channeled their fury and imagination into products that are a formative influence on our culture, from MTV to the Internet to Columbine. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry--a powerful and compassionate account of what it's like to be young, driven, and wildly creative.
Publisher: New York, NY : Random House : 2003
ISBN: 9780375505249
0375505245
Branch Call Number: 794.8 K968m
Characteristics: 335p

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kwsmith
Jun 25, 2017

This biography tells the true story of two very intelligent young men who overcame troubled pasts and founded a world-famous software company known as id Software. One of the first games that id Software created was called "Doom" and it became a landmark of technical innovations (binary space partitioning) and overall game design (the template for all first person shooter games). The two young founders became very wealthy but their personal lives suffered as they struggled with demons from their pasts. Maybe none of us can really leave our pasts behind?

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StarGladiator
Feb 12, 2015

After Homo Sapiens, came Homo Ludens: I think, therefore I play [Cogito ergo ludo]! The penultimate book on the real birth of the gaming industry. The author focuses on the two Super-Johns: John Carmack and John Romero, and how they created and developed Doom, Quake, et al. A great accomplishment in the telling of tech history! [Just don't understand how Carmack, who says he believes in the Hackers Ethic/Creed, could marry an Ayn Rand fiend?????]

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