two johns

John Carmack
What I finished reading last night is by far the best book on computergames I had my hands on so far. To be precise, it is the best book on those aspects of computergames I am interested in the most: history and culture, meaning and relevance. David Kushner‘s “Masters of Doom: How two guys created an empire and transformed pop culture” (Kushner 2004 [2003]) tells the biographies of the ‘Two Johns’, Carmack and Romero and thereby not only the history of Doom and Quake, of the invention and rise of first-person-shooter-games in general, but makes the reader understand gaming-culture, the business, the politics, its implications and impact.
John Romero

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