Masters of Doom
I learned about this book from Aadil. I initially thought it was a more technical book, describing the innovations that made Doom so impressive for its time. Wanted to learn more about
Rather it was an inspiring tale of two young gamers sharing a first name went on to change the world. And no, I’m not talking about Apple.
John Romero and John Carmack were the founders of id Software, the company which created Wolfenstein-3D, Doom and Quake, forever changing video games for the better. Masters of Doom is about their life stories — how they grew up, met each other and how they found their way to success and failure.
It glorifies the gamer culture, spending hours and days on end playing games, drinking Diet Coke, eating pizza and "fucking shit up”. It speaks admirably of their two extremely contrasting personalities and how they blended so well together... until they didn't.
I really felt the nostalgic for the time I spent back in secondary school just sitting around with my friends building stuff. Those were good times.
Overall, it was a really enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to sit back and revel in gamer and hacker culture.