Masters of Doom

How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

Paperback, 368 pages

English language

Published May 11, 2004 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

ISBN:
9780812972153

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4 stars (12 reviews)

"To my taste, the greatest American myth of cosmogenesis features the maladjusted, antisocial, genius teenage boy who, in the insular laboratory of his own bedroom, invents the universe from scratch. Masters of Doom is a particularly inspired rendition. Dave Kushner chronicles the saga of video game virtuosi Carmack and Romero with terrific brio. This is a page-turning, mythopoeic cyber-soap opera about two glamorous geek geniuses--and it should be read while scarfing down pepperoni pizza and swilling Diet Coke, with Queens of the Stone Age cranked up all the way." --Mark Leyner, author of I Smell Esther WilliamsMasters 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 …

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1) ''Romero's eyes widened. The Daikatana was a mighty sword, one of the most powerful weapons in the game. Despite the pleas of the others, he told Carmack he wanted to give the demon the book. It didn't take long to find out the consequences. As the rules of the game dictated, Carmack rolled the die to randomly determine the strength of the demon's response. The demon was using the book to conjure more demons, he told the group. A battle of epic proportions ensued until Carmack declared the outcome. 'The material plane is overrun with demons,' he said, flatly. 'Everyone is dead. That's it. We're done. Mmm.'

No one spoke. The guys couldn't believe it. After all those games, all the late nights around the table in Shreveport, the adventures here that cured all the cold nights of Madison, it was over. A sadness filled the room. Romero finally …

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Subjects

  • Romero, John,
  • Biography/Autobiography
  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Biography / Autobiography
  • Video & Electronic - General
  • General
  • Biography & Autobiography / General
  • 1967-
  • Carmack, John