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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.
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 16 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book! Easy to read yet full of detail. This is a must have for anyone who considered themselves a "gamer" back in the 1990s, and even those who just have in interest... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven Kraft
Halfway through the book I went back to my old disks and replayed through the first Doom shareware levels. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Taylor Caton
One of the most entertaining and engaging books I have ever read about anything computer related. Extremely well balanced in it's telling of how the events occurred, and it never... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Asad A.
As an avid gamer this one of my favorite non-fiction books. This book was nostalgic for me because it brought back memories of late 1993/early 1994 when Doom was making it's mark... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael H. Markowski