Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2016
Title: Masters of Doom by David Kushner
Genre: Nonfiction – Biography/Video Games
Year of Publication: 2003
Approximate Page Count: 300 pages
Summary: Video games have been a rapidly evolving form of entertainment since the 1970s, while, in some cases, also generating concerns about their portrayal of violence, particularly since the early 1990s. One of the most groundbreaking games ushered in the new era of explicit video game violence while launching a whole new gaming genre: the 1993 first-person shooter game Doom. Masters of Doom tells the story of John Carmack and John Romero, the creators of Doom whose intense rebellious pioneering spirit led to great success as well as notoriety. The book covers the Two Johns’ turbulent childhoods, early computer game successes, the explosive public reaction to Doom, the national controversy over video game violence, and the rift that grew between Carmack and Romero. This is a story about achieving the American Dream, as well as friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry—a powerful and compassionate account of what it’s like to be young, driven, and wildly creative.
Suggested by: Anthony
Anthony will present additional author biographical info and facts of interest about the book, then lead the discussion (with questions, if needed).
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