John Romero, the man who is largely consider to be one of the forefathers of first-person shooters, is writing a book about his achievements, struggles and career in the video game industry, titled “DOOM Guy: Life in First Person by John Romero.”
Romero announced via Twitter that the memoir is now available for pre-orders. “To sum it up, it’s a positive story of gratitude for a life in games. Code and games changed the trajectory of my life. I cover everything in detail, including lessons learned.”
The book blurb states that the autobiography of John Romero will cover his troubled youth, the creation of id software and his time as it’s co-founder and co-creator of some of the studio’s most influential games as well as his “high-profile falling out with his id Software cofounder John Carmack.”
“His story is truly one of a self-made man, founding multiple companies after a childhood filled with violence and abuse drove him to video game design, where he could create new worlds and places to escape to. An alcoholic father, a racist grandfather who did not approve of Romero’s parents’ mixed-race coupling, and a grandmother who once ran a brothel in Mexico combine for an illuminating story his youth—a story that has never before been revealed. After years in the gaming spotlight, Romero is now telling his story—THE WHOLE STORY—in his own words.”
The id Software co-founder takes advantage of his hyperthymesia, a condition that gives a person an almost autobiographical memory of their life, as he pens down each event in his life into a fascinating memoir. John Romero’s journey into the world of coding and gaming as well as the challenges and achievements he’s faced will be available for us to explore for the first time in extreme detail through his book.
We might even see some insight regarding the Zenimax buyout of id software about 12 years ago in 2009. While John Romero was no longer with the studio at the time, his initial reaction was shock, and would later admit that it was a positive move for the company. It was ultimately true, the 2016 Doom reboot published by Bethesda was an amazing soft-reboot of the franchise and went on to spawn a sequel in 2020, Doom Eternal, which expanded upon many of the brash ideas in Doom 2016.
In more recent news about John Romero, he raised money for the humanitarian efforts for those whose lives have been decimated by the war in Ukraine by creating a completely new map in Doom 2, titled “One Humanity”. Romero raised around $27,000 worth of revenue for the cause.
Romero’s most recent work as a developer was on Empire of Sin, the turn-based strategy game and criminal empire management sim directed by his wife Brenda Romero at Romero Games. The game is currently available on Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.