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

Readable bio piece on the creators of Doom, John Carmack and John Romero, the unstoppable Two Johns whose working styles complemented each others’ strengths. Carmack was the force behind the technical engine that drove the games, Romero visualized the possibilities that the new technology could exploit. Eventually they fall out, Carmack wanting to just focus on making good programs, Romero wanting to build an empire. Video games pushing the envelope for computing, driving innovation forward because of the consumer appetite for paying for the latest tech to play these whizbang games on.
Hilarious to stumble on a PF Chang reference in the book, the location Romero’s team took him to break the news that one of his teams was about to walk out the next day. Cannot see PF Chang without reading as “PDF”.
Fun fact, Doom named after a line in The Color of Money, before Tom Cruise was evil.
Easy read, somewhat eye-rolling writing (“the egos at id software”)
Reco’d by Mr. M. Murray