Last Updated on July 28, 2023
John Romero’s long-awaited autobiography is now available to buy, but what might you learn from reading about the “Doom Guy?”
If nineties gaming has a rock star, John Romero is it.
You can now read about the man, his life and his accomplishments in his recently published autobiography Doom Guy: Life in First Person.
Long awaited, it’s a well-written memoir that seamlessly blends priceless game design history and leadership lessons into the story of John’s life. The laugh-out-loud moments and the failures, the personal moments and the trail that was blazed all come together to give you a unique glimpse of the POV of one of the fathers of modern video games.
Romero was the co-creator of some of the biggest video games of all time, including DOOM, Quake, and Wolfenstein 3-D. These first-person shooter games were the start of a genre that continues to dominate the market today.
No metoric-rise story is complete without a high-profile falling-out, his being with id co-founder John Carmack.
The story of Id Software has previously been covered in books such as Masters of Doom and Rocket Jump. Speaking of the autobiography, Romero says, “It’s kind of an Id Software history book, plus my autobiography. It’s a chronicle of early game development by a team that was trying to make the best games ever, and it goes all the way up to today and everything that’s happened.”
This self-made man has a continued role in the gaming industry today as the managing director of Romero Games Ltd. He also released a special level for DOOM II to support Ukraine in 2022.
If you buy direct from his website, you’ll even receive it autographed with your requested personalisation.
For anyone wishing to grab a sample can check out this excerpt…