Prepare to Meet Thy Doom
Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories is a non-fiction audiobook by David Kushner and read by Wil Wheaton released on 2015-10-15. The book is a compilation of various articles Kushner has written about the gaming industry spanning several years. The chapters are:
|Prepare to Meet Thy Doom||John Carmack, Doom 3, id Software|
|The Dungeon Master||Gary Gygax, TSR, Dungeons & Dragons|
|The Flight of the Birdmen||Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen|
|Sex Drugs and Video Games||Atari, Nolan Bushnell|
|Inside Second Life||Second Life, Philip Rosedale|
|I'm Not Bobby Fischer||Chess, Hikaru Nakamura|
|The Neopets Addiction||Neopets|
|Vile Rat||Eve Online|
|Kid Rock||Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock|
|On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a Bot||Online poker|
|Engineering Spore||Spore, Will Wright|
|The Making of the Beatles||The Beatles: Rock Band|
|Vice City||Grand Theft Auto games|
|Grand Death Auto||Teen shooting lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto III|
|Gaming's Worst Bully||Jack Thompson, Bully|
|Creating His Living World in a Box||Dave Jones, APB: All Points Bulletin|
|The Road to Ruin||Rockstar Games|
I got this audio book in a Humble Bundle. It sat on my hard drive for a few years but, after enjoying one of Kushner's previous books, I gave this one a listen.
I own the audio book read by Wil Wheaton and have listened to it.
- Thanks to being a compilation, the book covers a lot of different stories in the gaming industry, so, even if you're not a fan of one game, there will probably be others you'll like.
- Kushner did a lot of research and interviews for the stories, so there is plenty of new information to learn.
- Each of the articles tells a story, so they do a pretty good job of keeping your interest, even when you don't know anything about the topic.
- There isn't any new material in this book. It's just a compilation of Kushners articles that are all available online for free. At least they hired a competent reader.
- The book focuses too much on Rockstar Games and their titles.
The audiobook cover uses a Space Invaders ship.
Alternate cover. My guess is they altered the ship to avoid a copyright lawsuit with Taito.