Prepare to Meet Thy Doom

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The original audiobook cover.

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:

Chapter Topics
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

Personal

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.

Status

I own the audio book read by Wil Wheaton and have listened to it.

Review

Good

  • 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.

Bad

  • 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.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Media

Covers

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