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Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture is a 2003 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 through the new heights the company reached with Doom, 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.


  • Hardcover: released on May 6, 2003 - 352 pages
  • Paperback: released on May 11, 2004 - 368 pages
  • Audiobook: released on May 15, 2012 - 12h 45m - Available through


A television movie adaptation of the book for Showtime was first conceived in 2005.[1] However, the movie never materialized beyond the initial announcement.

In June 2019, USA Network greenlit a pilot episode of a potential series based on the book, to be written and produced by Tom Bissell under James and Dave Franco's Ramona Films label.[2]

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  1. Martin, Denise (April 13, 2005). "Showtime's 'Doom' day". Variety.
  2. Andreeva, Nellia (June 27, 2019). "USA Network Orders 'Masters Of Doom' Pilot Produced By James & Dave Franco". Deadline Hollywood.

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