Id Software co-founder John Romero has an autobiography released in January. It’s called Doom Guy: Life in First Person and, according to the official synopsis, it will cover everything from Romero’s youth, the creation of id Software and its formative games, as well as his “big fight with his id Software co- founder John Carmack”.
In other words, Doom Guy will run the gamut of Romero’s life, and while he described on twitter as “a positive story of gratitude for a life in gaming”, it looks like it will touch on some more confrontational aspects of the developer’s life.
“His story is really that of a self-made man, founding several companies after a childhood filled with violence and abuse led him to video game design, where he could create new worlds and places to escape to,” says the newspaper. editor description. “An alcoholic father, a racist grandfather who did not approve of the mixed-race marriage of Romero’s parents, and a grandmother who once ran a brothel in Mexico combine for an illuminating story of her youth – a story that has never before been revealed.”
The details of Romero’s personal life will no doubt be interesting, but so will the details about Romero’s departure from id Software in 1996. The bitter departure was described in detail in David Kushner’s Masters of Doom, but presumably we’ll get more details from perspective. de Romero in his own book. Masters of Doom, by the way, would win a TV adaptation from 2019but no details have been released since.
Doom Guy is published by Abrams Books and will be released January 10th in hardcover and e-book editions. Here’s the cover: