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This book manages, for the most part, to keep clear of the breathless techno-hagiography style that characterizes many books with similar subjects. He tells the story of Carmack, Romero, and id--which includes far more than Doom and its successors--in novel style, and he's done a good job of keeping the action flowing and the characters' motivations clear. Some of the quoted passages of dialog sound like idealized reconstructions that probably never came from the lips of real people, but this is an entertaining and informative book, of interest to anyone who's let rip with a nail gun. --David Wall
Topics covered: The biographies of John Carmack and John Romero, and of their company, id Software. The development and marketing of all major id games (including Wolfenstein, Doom, Doom II, and Quake) get lavish attention.
I would highly recommend this book to any video game fanatic.
In this book, David Kushner documents the lives of two influential game programmers, John Romero and John Carmack - the guys who created Doom and id Software.
This will be a short review and I must start off by saying that I DONT READ BOOKS.
I still have fond memories of seeing Wolfenstein for the first time as well as Doom, both were revelations of what could be done at that time on a computer. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Juri
I was around for all of this and I recall some if my younger cohorts being enthralled and obsessed with Doom as former BBS operator I remember the plethora of shareware available... Read morePublished 21 days ago by CHARLES V
If you're an id software fan or you love their games then pick this up pronto. I enjoy reading and learning about the gaming industry and this was a great addition to my... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Trey J
Very interesting history of ID games, especially the early years were interesting. I ended up sympathizing with all the characters, doing research to check up on what happened... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lars Knudsen
It would have been great if it went into a tiny bit more detail. At times, I couldn't work out who the author was writing this book for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Floyd
A story of ID and two Johns from Commander Keen to Doom 3 and Ion Storm. If you still don't know a full story of creating a revolutionary games and genre you absolutely need to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eugene Metlyaev