Masters of Doom


Masters of Doom cover

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture is a book by David Kushner about id Software and its influence on popular culture, focusing chiefly on John Romero and John Carmack. Adopting a novel-like narrative, Kushner chronicles the lives of both men from childhood through the early successes of id Software, the new heights the company reached with Doom, on through to their separation as developers after Quake. Kushner was an early entrant into the field of video-game journalism, and recycled some of his own original reporting in the book.

A budget film based on this book was in production by Showtime at one time, but seems to have been abandoned.[1][2]


"Masters 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 to co-create the most notoriously successful game franchises in history—Doom and Quake—until the games they made tore them apart."
― Publisher's description


Edition Publisher Date Pages Dewey Decimal ISBN-10 ISBN-13 LOC Classification LCCN Open Library ID
Hardcover (1st Ed) Random House 6 May 2003 352 794.8/092/2, B ISBN 0375505245 ISBN 978-0375505249 GV1469.15 .K87 2003 2002026598 OL3561326M
Paperback Random House 24 Apr 2003 335 ISBN 1588362892 ISBN 978-1588362896 - - OL24264538M
Reprint, Paperback Piatkus Books 30 Oct 2003 352 ISBN 0749924756 ISBN 978-0749924751 - - OL7970019M
Reprint, Paperback Random House 11 May 2004 368 ISBN 0812972155 ISBN 978-0812972153 - - OL8021008M
Turtleback Demco 29 Sep 2004 ISBN 0606313451 ISBN 978-0606314352 - - OL10943886M

Foreign language editions[edit]

An authorized Hungarian translation was produced in two volumes, entitled A Doom legendája Hogyan változtatta meg John Carmack és John Romero a világot (English: Legend of Doom: How John Carmack and John Romero changed the world).

Audio books[edit]

A full unabridged audio book edition was produced in 2012 by Narrated by actor Wil Wheaton, the recording has a total duration of 12 hours and 43 minutes.


  • Romero mentioned in June of 2015 that a new extended edition of the book is underway.[2]

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  1. Gibson, Ellie (15 April 2005). "Masters of Doom movie confirmed." Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1