Masters of Doom

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Hardcover, 1st edition.

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture is a non-fiction biography written by David Kushner and published on 2003-05-06. It is about the lives of John Romero and John Carmack, two game developers who co-founded id Software, and created the video game Doom. The book describes their lives from childhood into adulthood as they expanded their video game hobby into a career, and into stardom.

I bought this book as part of a Humblie Indie Bundle for audio books.


I own the audio book read by Wil Wheaton and am currently listening to it.



  • The book goes into a lot of detail about the lives of each programmer, where they obtained their skills, the challenges they faced growing up, and their rise to stardom in the video game community.
  • Kushner had direct interviews with both programmers, so a lot of the information is first-hand.


  • The way the author romanticizes earlier computer platforms, describing them in a not-entirely-accurate way.


  • Nothing.


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