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

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Random House, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 339 pages
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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User Review  - quinton.baran - LibraryThing

This book was a big nostalgic trip for me, as I grew up in the same generation as both subjects, and was familiar with most of the games and topics that are discussed. The book is profane (uses quite ... Read full review

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User Review  - mrgan - LibraryThing

Fast, energetic, full of attitude; yet the speed, energy, and 'tude are wholly those of the subjects at hand, John Romero and John Cormack, as they go from nobodies to the biggest rock stars of the PC ... Read full review

Contents

The Rock Star
84
Deathmatch
262
sEve N Spear of Destiny
314
Epilogue
319
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DAVID KUSHNER has written for numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Wired, New York, Worth, Electronic Gaming Monthly, The Village Voice, Details, Mondo 2000, and Salon. He is the digital-music columnist for Rolling Stone online, and a contributing editor for Spin and IEEE Spectrum. He has also worked as a senior producer and writer for the music website SonicNet. He received a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s in creative writing from City University of New York. He can be reached at www.davidkushner.com.

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