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Ion Storm Inc. (sometimes spelled ION Storm) was a Texas based developer of computer games founded by John Romero (a co-creator of the Doom franchise), Tom Hall, Todd Porter, and Jerry O'Flaherty, under the slogan "Design is Law". At the time it was founded, long before releasing a single title, it was an instant fan and industry darling for its collection of talent and promise of blockbuster games.
Ultimately, despite having produced several critically-acclaimed video games, Ion Storm never truly lived up to its hype, creating instead several famous missteps, late releases, and internal political turmoil. The rise and fall of the company is documented in great detail in the book Masters of Doom.