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Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

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By (author) David Kushner

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  • Publisher: PIATKUS BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 28mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 27 May 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749924896
  • ISBN 13: 9780749924898
  • Sales rank: 34,679

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Masters of Doom is the true inside story of the Lennon and McCartney of the video game industry: John Carmack and John Romero. Together they created an empire, ruled a multibillion-dollar industry, and provoked a national controversy. They lived a unique American dream, escaping their broken homes to co-create the most innovative and notoriously successful video games in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. David Kushner has been covering the video game industry for ten years and knows all the angles. Even those with no interest in video games will be fascinated by this vastly entertaining tale of friendship, betrayal and the genesis of a multibillion-dollar popular art form.

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David Kushner has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone (where he writes a digital music column) and Spin (where he is a contributing editor). He has also worked as a senior producer for the music website SonicNet.

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Masters of Doom is an impressive and adroit social history. New York Times Book Review Hot book! The Behind the Music - like story of video gaming's Nineties bad boys...a tale of guts, geeks and their 140mpd-clocking Ferraris - as well as the backlash against gaming after Columbine. Rolling Stone