What are the gaming references in these book titles in Doom: Eternal?

I saw this screenshot of a bookcase from the upcoming DOOM Eternal being passed around on a Discord I frequent recently (numbers added by me):

A bookshelf stacked with many books.

  1. My Buddy Superfly
  2. Why I’m so Great Pt. II by Dork Norkem
  3. Devilish Daggers
  4. LIANDRI – A Brief History of Interplanetary Industry
  5. Von Braun – Onboard AI System Technical Manual
  6. Mesa Science Monthly: Predicting Unforeseen Consequences
  7. U-NAT-CO Training Manual: Bomb Defusal
  8. The Spear of Destiny: A Post-War Deconstruction
  9. Living With Rage – and Other Common Emotions in the Apocalyptic Wasteland
  10. The Strogg: A Transdimensional Field Study
  11. RET-CONNED: The Life and Times of Flynn Taggart
  12. From Nopefish to Dopefish: The Dope Tale
  13. Tei Tenga – Offworld Travel Guide
  14. Cooking from Hell’s Kitchen – They Flesh Consumed
  15. 2 Prey or Not 2 Prey
  16. Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide – Preparing Yourself and Your Loved Ones For the Inevitable Nuclear Apocalypse
  17. Nuka Cola – A History from the Atomic Age of Flavor

Clearly, each book is a shout-out to another video game – I can recognize several of the references, but eight that I’m not certain about and it’s left me curious what video games the books I don’t recognize are referencing.

So far I have:

  1. ?
  2. Duke Nukem
  3. ?
  4. ?
  5. System Shock 2
  6. Half Life/Half Life 2
  7. Deus Ex
  8. ?
  9. Rage
  10. ?
  11. DOOM, original flavor
  12. ?
  13. ?
  14. ?
  15. Prey
  16. Fallout
  17. Fallout


The book titles refer to other games that came out during the 1990’s as well as franchises that are owned by Bethesda.

  1. DaikatanaSuperfly Johnson is a sidekick to Daikatana’s protagonist, Hiro Miyamoto, and accompanies you throughout much of the game. Daikatana was directed by John Romero, one of the major figures in the development of the early id software games including DOOM I & II.
  2. Duke Nukem – The name “Dork Norkem” is a play on words of Duke Nukem. The unflattering name of the author may refer to the rivalry between id Software and 3D Realms (the developers of Duke Nukem).
  3. Devil Daggersan indie game insipired by Doom/Quake.
  4. Unreal – the Liandri Mining Corporation is the organiser of the Tournaments in the Unreal setting and acts as an antagonist in many of the games.
  5. System Shock 2 – the Von Braun is the spaceship in which SS2 is set, and the primary antagonist of the series is the rogue AI SHODAN.
  6. Half-LifeUnforeseen Consequences is the third chapter of the game, the location where these consequences originate is the Black Mesa Research Facility.
  7. Deus ExUNATCO (United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition) is the agency that the protagonist, JC Denton, initially works for. In dialogue the name is always pronounced “u-nat-co” as a word rather than initialised. The game also has a scene which became a minor meme involving the discovery of a bomb.
  8. Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny – A prequel to the game Wolfenstein 3D, both of which were developed by Id Software, who also developed the original DOOM.
  9. Rage – A game by id Software in the similar vein to the Fallout series.
  10. Quake seriesStroggs are alien invaders that are bad guys in Quake 2 and Quake 4 and are playable characters in multiplayer games (e.g. in Q3 Arena). Their logo is also present in original Quake on so called Strogg Crates.
  11. DOOM, original flavor – Flynn Taggart is a known alias of the original Doom Guy, primarily in the novelizations of the original games which… deviate from the game canon, to put it mildly, hence the mention of retconning.
  12. Commander KeenDopefish is a large green cartoony fish featured in the game.
  13. DOOMTei Tenga is a planet or a moon which is mentioned as off-world mining place in original Doom and in 2016 Doom reboot.
  14. The Ultimate DoomThy Flesh Consumed is the final episode in the game.
  15. Prey – The title here refers to the on/off nature of the cancelled sequel to the original Prey. It might also refer to the minor controvesy about if the 2017 game is a reboot or a sequel.
  16. Fallout – The protagonists in the Fallout series are called Vault Dwellers, and an item in various Fallout games is the ‘Wasteland Survival Guide’. This guide would be useful to them to survive the nuclear wasteland.
  17. Fallout – Nuka-Cola is a beverage in the Fallout universe.

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