In what is a must have for collectors of video game memorabilia but missed the last auction, John Romero has announced that he is selling another personal copy of his floppy version of Doom II and the book Masters and Doom. However, this auction is for a charity to help two friends who have lost everything in the Paradise fires in Northern California.
Christy Marx along with Randy Littlejohn are respected game developers and friends of Romero who lost everything in the Paradise fires. To help them out, Romero is selling another copy of Masters of Doom and floppy disk copy of Doom II together.
Doom II: Hell on Earth was the follow up to the acclaimed game that popularized the shooter genre and was released for the PC in 1994. Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner examines how the team at iD Software created their ground breaking masterpiece and the impact it had on pop-culture.
Both items are being sold together on eBay with the current bid being $870 as of 11/20/2018 at 8:00am. All proceeds from the sale will go to helping Christy Marx and Randy Littlejohn. The auction was announced by Romero via Twitter with the following post:
Please help Christy Marx and Randy Littlejohn after the fire in Paradise, CA. I’m auctioning my DOOM II disks and Masters of DOOM book to help them out! https://t.co/xxxMCIYaKl #ebay pic.twitter.com/EYRSgZ9Anu
— 𝕵𝖔𝖍𝖓 𝕽𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖗𝖔 (@romero) November 20, 2018
Given past sales and the significance of the items, it could be estimated that the items could sell for $4,000 to $5,000. For a comparison based on past sales, the floppy disk copy of Doom II sold for $3,150 while Masters of Doom sold for $255.
John Romero is a pioneer in the gaming world having co-founded id Software in the 90’s alongside John Carmack and Tom Hall. His gaming credits include work on Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake just to name a few while also coining the multiplayer term “deathmatch”.
In 2015; he established Romero Games Ltd., an independent game studio located in Galway, Ireland. Their first title, Gunman Taco Truck was released in January 2017 and it was highly praised by critics along with gamers.
Update: The current bid for the set is $3,200 USD as of 8:25pm PST.