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DOOM

SCARYDARKFAST
Dan Pinchbeck
A close examination about what is considered the most important first-person video game ever made and its influence on how we play games today

Description

In December 1993, gaming changed forever. id Software's seminal shooter DOOM was released, and it shook the foundations of the medium. Daniel Pinchbeck brings together the complete story of DOOM for the first time.

This book takes a look at the early days of first-person gaming and the video game studio system. It discusses the prototypes and the groundbreaking technology that drove the game forward and offers a detailed analysis of gameplay and level design. Pinchbeck also examines DOOM's contributions to wider gaming culture, such as online multiplay and the modding community, and the first-person gaming genre, focusing on DOOM's status as a foundational title and the development of the genre since 1993. Pinchbeck draws extensively from primary data: from the game itself, from the massive fan culture surrounding the title, and from interviews with the developers who made it. This book is not only the definitive work on DOOM but a snapshot of a period of gaming history, a manifesto for a development ethos, and a celebration of game culture at its best.

Cover image: The player faces the Cyberdemon and a Lost Soul in DOOM.

Dan Pinchbeck is Creative Director of The Chinese Room, the BAFTA Award-winning independent, research-led game development studio behind Everybody's Gone to the Rapture.

Praise / Awards

  • "This book is a love letter to DOOM and its various creators, written by a highly educated and devoted scholar and player. The book offers a well-grounded sense of the game and does an excellent job working its way through a range of topics: from the software company to the graphics engine to the story to the sound to the final game."
    —Katherine Whitlock, California State University-Chico
  • "Hardcore DOOM fans will love Pinchbeck’s level-by-level breakdowns, and anyone with an interest in learning about the roots of the FPS genre should find something new in this book."
    Gamefront

News, Reviews, Interviews

Read: Dan Pinchbeck interviewed in Vice (Link) | 5/13/2016

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 200pp.
  • 22 B&W illustrations.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Hardcover
  • 2013
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-07191-3

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  • $75.00 U.S.

  • Paper
  • 2013
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-05191-5

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  • $33.95 U.S.

  • Open Access
  • 2013
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-90026-8

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