Masters of Doom

Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero.

Author: David Kushner

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588362896

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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“To my taste, the greatest American myth of cosmogenesis features the maladjusted, antisocial, genius teenage boy who, in the insular laboratory of his own bedroom, invents the universe from scratch. Masters of Doom is a particularly inspired rendition. Dave Kushner chronicles the saga of video game virtuosi Carmack and Romero with terrific brio. This is a page-turning, mythopoeic cyber-soap opera about two glamorous geek geniuses—and it should be read while scarfing down pepperoni pizza and swilling Diet Coke, with Queens of the Stone Age cranked up all the way.” —Mark Leyner, author of I Smell Esther Williams 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. Americans spend more money on video games than on movie tickets. Masters of Doom is the first book to chronicle this industry’s greatest story, written by one of the medium’s leading observers. David Kushner takes readers inside the rags-to-riches adventure of two rebellious entrepreneurs who came of age to shape a generation. The vivid portrait reveals why their games are so violent and why their immersion in their brilliantly designed fantasy worlds offered them solace. And it shows how they channeled their fury and imagination into products that are a formative influence on our culture, from MTV to the Internet to Columbine. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry—a powerful and compassionate account of what it’s like to be young, driven, and wildly creative. From the Hardcover edition.

Contemporary Authors

Other reviewers, however, while praising the writing in Masters of Doom, had
questions about its limited scope. Jeff Jensen, for example, writing in
Entertainment Weekly, commented that “Kushner doesn't grill Carmack and
Romero nearly ...

Author: Thomson Gale

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780787667047

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 452

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Your students and users will find biographical information on approximately 300 modern writers in this volume of Contemporary Authors® .

Computer Games and Technical Communication

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop
Culture. New York: Random House Digital, Inc., 2003. eBook. Martz, Nathan. “
Pitching Perfect Prototypes.” Game Developer Conference 2012, 8 March 2012.
Web.

Author: Asst Prof Jennifer deWinter

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472426401

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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Taking as its point of departure the fundamental observation that games are both technical and symbolic, this collection investigates the multiple intersections between the study of computer games and the discipline of technical and professional writing. Contributors engage with questions related to workplace communities and gamic simulations; industry documentation; manuals, gameplay, and ethics; training, testing, and number crunching; and the work of games and gamifying work.

Gaming

David Sheff, Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the W/orld (1993, reissued
1999); and David Kushner, Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire
and Transformed Pop Culture (20 04) pro— vide detailed business histories of ...

Author: Britannica Educational Publishing

Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing

ISBN: 1615307362

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 850

Boasting vivid graphics, rapid pacing, and complex narratives, electronic games have evolved both visually and substantially since the early days of Spacewar! and Pong. By allowing users to explore fictional universes, engage in stealth missions, play like their favorite athletes or musicians, and imagine realities both similar to and far-removed from their own, electronic games appeal to a variety of individuals and interests. This absorbing volume details the development of electronic gaming including arcade and early home video consoles through massive multiplayer online games, and examines some of the most popular games of all time.

Hunting Season

... off the Dungeon Masters of Doom bulletin board. Leave the fucking thing alone
. You want to put the campus cops' report and this Site R stuff into that file, fine.
But if Farnsworth finds out you're still messing with this thing, he'll have you doing
 ...

Author: P. T. Deutermann

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429903589

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 397

Edward Kreiss is a retired FBI agent--a manhunter whose specialty is making rogue operatives disappear. When Kreiss's daughter vanishes in the backwoods of rural West Virginia, and the FBI has no leads to follow, Kreiss follows his own--with a vengeance. Exercising the lethal maneuvers that made him the best "sweeper" in the business, Kreiss plunges back into action--this time as the dangerous loner he was once trained to kill. Unknown to Kreiss, corrupt agency brass have their own reasons for keeping the kidnapping low-profile--and making the job of eliminating Kreiss high priority. Called in to take him down is a deadly female assassin with a killer instinct that surpasses that of her prey. Now, as hunter becomes hunted, Kreiss finds himself and his daughter trapped in an elaborate game of political scandal and personal revenge. And whatever secret has been buried by Kreiss's elusive enemies is sure to trigger open season on anyone who discovers it.

New Media

Sage, 1998 Kushner, David Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire
and Transformed Pop Culture, London: Piatkus, 2003. Kvasny, L. and Keil, M. '
The challenges of redressing the digital divide: a tale of two US cities',
Information ...

Author: Martin Lister

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134083823

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

View: 765

New Media: A Critical Introduction is a comprehensive introduction to the culture, history, technologies and theories of new media. Written especially for students, the book considers the ways in which 'new media' really are new, assesses the claims that a media and technological revolution has taken place and formulates new ways for media studies to respond to new technologies. The authors introduce a wide variety of topics including: how to define the characteristics of new media; social and political uses of new media and new communications; new media technologies, politics and globalization; everyday life and new media; theories of interactivity, simulation, the new media economy; cybernetics, cyberculture, the history of automata and artificial life. Substantially updated from the first edition to cover recent theoretical developments, approaches and significant technological developments, this is the best and by far the most comprehensive textbook available on this exciting and expanding subject. At www.newmediaintro.com you will find: additional international case studies with online references specially created You Tube videos on machines and digital photography a new ‘Virtual Camera’ case study, with links to short film examples useful links to related websites, resources and research sites further online reading links to specific arguments or discussion topics in the book links to key scholars in the field of new media.

Doctor Doom and the Masters of Evil

Doctor Doom teams with the Masters of Evil, Magneto, and the Sinister Six to seek out a legendary source of power he plans to use for himself.

Author:

Publisher: Marvel

ISBN: 9780785138440

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 120

View: 364

Doctor Doom teams with the Masters of Evil, Magneto, and the Sinister Six to seek out a legendary source of power he plans to use for himself.

Peterson s Magazine

decree , without an effort at resistance , had not “ Mist's Dolores very pious ,
always , ” replied the devil put it into that master's heart to seal Brom , while a thrill
of joy shot through his his own doom . heart , for he doubted not that Dolores , too
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Category: American literature

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Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids

Taking Vegas for millions, Finkel’s squad of brainy gamers became the biggest players in town. Then they took on the town’s biggest game, the World Series of Poker, and walked away with more than $3.5 million.

Author: David Kushner

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588364941

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 240

View: 776

If you think a gang of real-life geeks can’t take on the world and win big . . . think again. And whatever you do, don’t sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards–and turned it into a fortune. The ultimate bully-magnet, Finkel grew up heckled and hazed until destiny came in the form of a trading-card game called Magic: The Gathering. Magic exploded from nerdy obsession to mainstream mania and made the teenage Finkel an ultracool world champion. Once transformed, this young shark stormed poker rooms from the underground clubs of New York City to the high-stakes tables online, until he landed on the largest card-counting blackjack team in the country. Taking Vegas for millions, Finkel’s squad of brainy gamers became the biggest players in town. Then they took on the town’s biggest game, the World Series of Poker, and walked away with more than $3.5 million. Thrilling, edgy, and ferociously feel-good, the odyssey of these underdogs-turned-overlords is the stuff of pop-culture legend. And David Kushner, acclaimed author of Masters of Doom, masterfully deals out the outrageous details while bringing to life a cast of characters rife with aces, kings, knaves . . . and more than a few jokers. If you secretly believe every player has his day, you’re right. Here’s the proof.

Heaven in the American Imagination

Simply owning slaves, some argued, was sufficient to damn “even the most
benevolent master's soul.” Slave owners ... Mac informed his fellow slaves of their
master's impending doom: “there's only two places to go after you die ... Heaven
or ...

Author: Gary Scott Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199831971

Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 766

Does heaven exist? If so, what is it like? And how does one get in? Throughout history, painters, poets, philosophers, pastors, and many ordinary people have pondered these questions. Perhaps no other topic captures the popular imagination quite like heaven. Gary Scott Smith examines how Americans from the Puritans to the present have imagined heaven. He argues that whether Americans have perceived heaven as reality or fantasy, as God's home or a human invention, as a source of inspiration and comfort or an opiate that distracts from earthly life, or as a place of worship or a perpetual playground has varied largely according to the spirit of the age. In the colonial era, conceptions of heaven focused primarily on the glory of God. For the Victorians, heaven was a warm, comfortable home where people would live forever with their family and friends. Today, heaven is often less distinctively Christian and more of a celestial entertainment center or a paradise where everyone can reach his full potential. Drawing on an astounding array of sources, including works of art, music, sociology, psychology, folklore, liturgy, sermons, poetry, fiction, jokes, and devotional books, Smith paints a sweeping, provocative portrait of what Americans-from Jonathan Edwards to Mitch Albom-have thought about heaven.

The Peterson magazine

decree , without an effort at resistance , had not “ Mist's Dolores very pious ,
always , ” replied the devil put it into that master's heart to seal Brom , while a thrill
of joy shot through his his own doom . heart , for he doubted not that Dolores , too
 ...

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The Peterson Magazine

decree , without an effort at resistance , had not “ Mist's Dolores very pious ,
always , " replied the devil put it into that master's heart to seal { Brom , while a
thrill of joy shot through his his own doom . heart , for ho doubted not that Dolóres
, too ...

Author: Charles Jacobs Peterson

Publisher:

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A Story of Doom

All Then Quoth the great Master : ' Wherefore sought ye not , Woman , these
many days , nor tired at all , Till ye had found , a maiden for my son ? In this ye
have done ill . ' Niloiya said : · Let not my lord be angry . my soul Is sad : my lord
hath ...

Author: Jean Ingelow

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: English poetry

Page: 290

View: 938


Tracked to Doom

Perhaps this was not true ; but if it was , the master's friend , although a young
man , seemed too dazed to appreciate her efforts to attract his attention . One
evening the master and his friend were seated together after dinner . The friend
had ...

Author: Joyce Emmerson Preston Muddock

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 250

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The Doom of Slavery in the Union

A CRIME AGAINST THE SLAVE AS WELL AS THE MASTER . What , then , can
we expect from the emancipation of the slaves at the South , with not one of these
advantages ; and with all the natural imbecility of the race still inherent in them ?

Author: John Townsend

Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning

ISBN:

Category: Campaign literature

Page: 39

View: 300


King Henry VI

Hume . Come , my masters ; the duchess , I tell you , expects performance of your
promises . ... I have heard her reported to be a woman of an invincible spirit : but
it shall be convenient , master Doom ] Judgment . ? Exorcisms ] The term here ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher:

ISBN:

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Shakespeare s King Henry VI

Hume . Come , my masters ; the duchess , I tell you , expects performance of your
promises . Boling . ... I have heard her reported to be a woman of an invincible
spirit : but it shall be convenient , master Doom ] Judgment . ? Exorcisms ] The ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 124

View: 945


Italy and the War for Italian Independence

His slaves, elated at their master's doom, commenced pillaging his property. One
alone followed his master; and strange to relate, that one had been cruelly
branded in the face by his master, and had been loaded with chains, from which
his ...

Author: John Stevens Cabot Abbott

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Bookbinding

Page: 638

View: 358


Nations of the World Abbott J S C Italy

His slaves , elated at their master's doom , commenced pillaging his property .
One alone followed his master ; and strange to relate , that one had been cruelly
branded in the face by his master , and had been loaded with chains , from which
 ...

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Category: World history

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