The USA Network has ordered a pilot based on author David Kushner’s entertaining book, Masters of Doom, with James and Dave Franco helming as executive producers.
Kushner’s Masters of Doom is one of the finer examples of video game non-fiction, telling the story John Romero and John Carmack and how the changed the video game industry forever by creating Doom.
According to Variety if the series gets picked up, the rise of Doom would be the first installment of multiple integral moments in video game history. So perhaps the rise and fall of Atari, rivalry between Sega and Nintendo, the making of PlayStation, etc… could be future topics covered.
Let’s hope that this is treat with a certain amount of seriousness. Having read multiple books about the history of games, the subject is filled to the brim with fascinating stories.
When the latest Doom was released back in May, Bethesda didn’t give any early copies to the media for reviews. This is usually as red flag, since in the past, that means that a game is crap. So imagine how surprised we were when Doom wasn’t crap, but far from it. Doom is actually a Game of the Year contender.
Bethesda took a calculated risk when it released Doom. I’m sure they were aware that they had a good game on their hands. These companies focus test, and they know what they are doing. With that said, it looks like Bethesda will continue this trend.
In a brief blog post, Gary Steinman, the Global Content Lead at Bethesda lays out what to expect from the company in the future.
“With the upcoming launches of Skyrim Special Edition and Dishonored 2, we will continue our policy of sending media review copies one day before release. While we will continue to work with media, streamers, and YouTubers to support their coverage – both before and after release – we want everyone, including those in the media, to experience our games at the same time.
We also understand that some of you want to read reviews before you make your decision, and if that’s the case we encourage you to wait for your favorite reviewers to share their thoughts.”
Good on Bethesda for showing some intestinal fortitude on this. If this continues to be a success for them, expect other publisher to follow suit.