Masters of Doom is 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 produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. 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.
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"Compelling . . . Masters of Doom succeeds on several levels. It's just great storytelling, with perfect pacing, drama and characterization. It's also an excellent business book, a cautionary tale with the kind of insider detail that other writers working in the genre should envy." (Houston Chronicle)
“Kushner’s mesmerizing tale of the Two Johns moves at a rapid clip . . . describing the twists and turns of fate that led them to team up in creating the most powerful video games of their generation. . . . An exciting combination of biography and technology.” (USA Today)
“Meticulously researched . . . as a ticktock of the creative process and as insight into a powerful medium too often dismissed as kids’ stuff, Masters of Doom blasts its way to a high score.” (Entertainment Weekly)
I grow up at time of home computers and game culture revolution, although I don't consider myself a gamer I loved this book, amazing story of the boom of the game industry, today one of the most popular and profit.
Amazing job from Wil Wheaton making you dive into the book.
Strongly recommend, you will have a great time... Guaranteed!
Fantastic story that really brings to light the evolution of gaming culture. I really enjoyed listening to this book, and Will Wheaton made an excellent narrator (with a decent Jay Leno impression to boot). I highly recommend this to anyone interested in gaming or technology.
Masters of Doom took ma back all to my good old days playing Doom at work with my coworkers! It was so much fun and laughter. I enjoyed this game and Quake for a number of years. Book was very intriguing and very fascinating to hear the stories of two masterminds behind Doom. I recommend it to everybody!
Incredible book. Makes me wish I could go back in time and try to follow in the footsteps of these two John's.
As always, Wil Wheaton's narration far exceeds expectations. I've reached a point where I don't think I can listen to another book unless it's read by Wil!
excellent performance. interesting sliver of history that is only going to be more and more interesting as decades go by. very worthwhile read
It's a classic story of talented but wounded kids rising to fame, letting it get to their heads, and then blowing it. But the real hook is all the technical and cultural detail of the late 80's to mid 90's PC era. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator as usual. My only complaint is that the author rushed through the later part of the story.
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