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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It reads more like a big article than a book per se. Nevertheless, David is a good writer and he does well to make his characters feel natural and lively - not everyone can do... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Menschenfracht
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 21 days 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 28 days ago by Eugene Metlyaev
Here are my big take-aways from reading this book.
1) This should be turned into an HBO mini-series, stat. We need to do a casting call. Read more
It was a journey back in time as a game player and just realizing when you love something, nothing else matters. Fantastic read.Published 1 month ago by PackMaster
Hewlett and Packard. Jobs and Wozniak. Gates and Ballmer. High-tech success stories often revolve around a notable duo, and in the computer game industry, there is no more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by technicat
Enjoyed it, but it was dragging by the end. The story of two Johns sometimes focuses a bit too much on the story going on inside Id while glossing over the greater gaming world for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer