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Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories

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From "Masters of Doom" author, David Kushner, comes "Prepare to Meet Thy Doom”, a compilation of true gaming stories covering many facets of America’s biggest entertainment business: the video game industry. In addition to more than a dozen fascinating tales of game creation, play, business, and controversy, “Prepare to Meet Thy Doom” follows up on Kushner’s previous bests ...more
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Published October 1st 2015 by Publishing
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Sep 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book reads like it was written for my Grandma by an editor of late 90's Gamepro (When they largely based review scores on how much advertising dollars the publisher spent with them). There's an entire chapter about how revolutionary Spore will be. At the time of writing, Spore had not been released, yet the writer felt "confident" (aka - some extra cash in the pocket) to declare it a masterpiece.
In another chapter the author exclaims that Doom 3 got best in show at E3, EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT
Murilo Queiroz
Apr 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Kushner's first book, "Masters of Doom", is amazing, I really loved it. But this one is completely different, and sub-par. Masters of Doom is about real hackers and game designers in the late 1980s and early 1990s doing something really innovative and fun. But "Prepare to Meet Thy Doom" is about corporate executives, lawyers and marketers exploring boring video games. The book is just a bunch of old articles about old and irrelevant games (Guitar Hero and Rock Band were nice back then, but nobod ...more
Jonathan S. Harbour
This book is comprised of a dozen or so stories about game developers and players which have nothing to do with each other and there is no common thread linking the stories. Thus, it's just a collection of blog posts or articles strung together. Tell me, why would I care to read a book that throws Nolan Bushnell in with the Flappy Bird kid and a smack-talking chess player? I WOULDN'T!

The "Doom" part of it--the part described on the back cover--lasted about 10 pages, a summary of Carmack and Rom
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a nice light collection of articles published by David Kushner about various events and games in the gaming industry. Each would probably make a good book, but here they are presented as overview articles. This isn't bad, but I want more depth on all of these, from the article on Jack Thompson, to GTA's development and SPORE. The article on SPORE was written before it was released and it reminded me how much we were all looking forward to it. In a similar way to No Man's Sky which was an ...more
Cullen Haynes
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Would agree with most of the reviews, Kushner’s follow up is not at the same level as Masters of Doom; perhaps not due to any fault of the author, but the nature of John Carmack and John Romero and how their story is one of grit, drive and ambition and thus their story is naturally very engrossing.

Kushner’s latest work is a collection of short articles/essays from over the years that capture the essence of each subject matter being focussed on.

Yes, not Masters of Doom caliber, however Kushner is
Eric Mesa
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This book is a collection of essays by the guy who wrote Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture. It starts off with what could be an epilogue to a new edition of that book. It then proceeds through various video game stories.

The biggest takeaway of this book is how big fads can just as quickly disappear. For example his stories about Neopets and Second Life. The last chunk of the book is mostly about Rockstar - it's so funny how worked up people got about th
Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed "Masters of Doom" but this book is just a rag-tag of small stories with little to connect them other than "these people play games".

The first chapters are still very interesting, chronicling the stories of Atari and Second Life, but after those are told it's basically scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a great read for anyone interested in video games and gaming culture. It's kind of all over the place, covering Atari, Grand Theft Auto, Doom/Quake, Pong, Dungeons and Dragons and a few others, in semi-random seeming order. All that said, there's a lot of good meaty behind the scenes that even non-gamers would probably find interesting.
Andrew Delaney
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This has not aged well. You have big glowing positive pieces about Neopets, Second Life and All Points Bulletin and it finishes with a doom and gloom story about Rockstar and Take Two Interactive which would make you wonder if they were still around.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting collection of short stories on video games. It is by no means comprehensive, but it was interesting to read nevertheless. It's a good, short, read for people interested in video games and how they impact (and are impacted by) society.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had such high expectations, since I LOVED the author's story of Doom. Maybe it was this books short stories, and total short length. I loved the depth of the original. Wish I had read that again instead...
Richard Eyres
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook_2017
A collection of gaming stories. While some were very good (Vile Rat) some were not good (Dont call be Bobby Fisher). The writing was good, but this is not a patch on Master of Doom. Worth the listen, but if i had to pick, it would be Masters of Doom.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed listening to Wil Wheaton narrate this, but many of the stories (articles from various magazines) overlapped in content. As such, this collection of stories felt very redundant at times. And the transitions between stories were very abrupt. I often found myself saying, "Wait, that was it?" with regard to Wil Wheaton suddently talking about a completely different subject.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting historical perspective and analysis of some of the most popular games and their eccentric creators.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting collection of stories that bring back a lot of fond memories of games from the past couple of decades+ .
Merritt Krakowitzer
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was an OK sequel to masters of doom
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Kushner's follow-up to his fascinating Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture fails to approach that high water mark.

Instead what we have is Wil Wheaton narrating seventeen of Kushner's magazine articles from 2002-2014. Kushner researches events and interviews subjects in pop culture, mostly revolving around video games. Three of these are fantastic (starred below) because they cover interesting people. Those that focus on the software haven't aged well, or c
Chris Neumann
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
A collection of several entertaining non-fiction tales of video game history. Kushner is light years ahead of other game journalists.
Jessica Friday
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Great read for the chapter on Gygax alone.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Not as good as Master's of Doom. I would have liked to see more of a direct sequel to where John Carmack and John Romero are up to these days along with the other founders of Id and what the company has been doing. This book touches on that but then jumps around to talk about other little game things here and there. Also the later portion of the book is kind of an overview of the book Jacked which was about the founders of Rockstar Games and the controversy around the Grand Theft Auto Series.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
No es para nada tan bueno como Masters of Doom, pero en realidad solo son un compilado de anécdotas e historias a manera de comentario de varias cosas relacionadas con el mundo de los videojuegos desde Atari & Chuck E. Cheese hasta F4t4l1ty pasando por Flappy bird y NeoPets.

Vamos, nada de cosas por las que uno moriría saber.

Si se lo encuentran, léanlo, pero no vale la pena comprarlo.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is a bundle of magazine articles about games (mostly video games, but also e.g. chess and poker). So, we go from Guitar Hero to the the connection between games and street violence, from young chess masters to Second Life to Eve Online. Etc.
Edelhart Kempeneers
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Een verzameling van korte verhalen eigenlijk. Was best ok.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I realize this is just a collection of articles, but they were all new to me.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
A nice collection of essays and articles from the history of gaming. Not really a status update or sequel to Masters of Doom, as half the articles are from 10+ years ago.
Ian Hanschen
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Nick Armstrong
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, geek-reads
Not as good as Masters of Doom, but a LOT of really good anecdotes about the gaming community.
Evan Clark
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Nowhere near as good as the original Masters of Doom. Had some interesting chapters - but was pretty bland reading mostly
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David Kushner is an award-winning journalist and author. He is a contributing editor of Wired, Rolling Stone, and Spectrum and is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University.