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Doom Is Twenty Years Old 225

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from the burning-flesh-of-hate dept.
alancronin writes with a quick bite from the Dallas News about everyone's favorite FPS: "Few video games have had the impact that Doom has on the medium as a whole. While it wasn't the first first-person shooter out there, it was certainly one of the earliest hits of the genre, due in no small part to its revolutionary multiplayer. Today, that game is 20 years old. Made in Mesquite by a bunch of young developers including legends John Carmack and John Romero, Doom went on to 'transform pop culture,' as noted by the sub-title of the book Masters of Doom." Yesterday, but who's counting. Fire up your favorite source port and slay some hellspawn to celebrate (or processes). I'm partial to Doomsday (helps that it's in Debian).
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Doom Is Twenty Years Old

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  • Maze War (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 11, 2013 @11:20AM (#45660285)

    Maze War, 1973 []

  • by BanHammor (2587175) on Wednesday December 11, 2013 @11:22AM (#45660301)
    They made their best games together. After that...well, the engines were good, I'd give them that.
  • by Martz (861209) on Wednesday December 11, 2013 @11:30AM (#45660363)

    Doom always reminds me of my first first person shooter multiplayer experience.

    My friend got his first 1x CDROM/Soundcard package for his 486 SX 25, and it came with a bunch of free games. We haggled and traded these crappy games at our local computer shop for a Null Model Cable, after discovering the Intersrv.exe and Interlnk.exe files and reading the help /? and realising that we could get 2 computers to "talk" to each other.

    After enormous amounts of trial and error, tweaking config.sys and auto exec.bat, we were able to copy the doom.exe using a null model transfer to another computer, and have player vs player games. We had a lot of fun and felt like this was the cutting edge of gaming, or at least in our world.

    Doom for me is the foundation of all modern multiplayer games, regardless of it was the first - i still have fond memories of where it all started for me. It's mind blowing to think about the games industry these days and how it's evolved.

    We didn't have search engines or ways to connect with other people of similar minds to solve the problems that we encounter. From these early gaming experiences I learnt enough about DOS and the PC to make it my hobby and later my career.

    I owe Doom more than just many hours of entertainment, in a round-about way.

  • by LoRdTAW (99712) on Wednesday December 11, 2013 @11:30AM (#45660365)

    If you read the wikipedia article on the FPS genre, Wolfenstein 3D was not the first FPS. Turns out that FPS games started in the 70's but were not released to the public (one was a US Army tank simulator). the first publicly released FPS was Battlezone released in 1980.

    Wold 3D did however put the genre on the map. Doom had the privilege of being the first FPS with true modem and networked multiplayer.

  • Re:Ah the memories (Score:5, Informative)

    by BattleApple (956701) on Wednesday December 11, 2013 @11:59AM (#45660667)

    Did you know that cold fjord liked Doom before you read his/her post? I believe we have all been informed.

  • by geek (5680) on Wednesday December 11, 2013 @12:39PM (#45661025)

    Although John Carmack's engine opened up a lot of possibilities, John Romero's level designs were also a big part of Doom's success. The key difference is that Romero hasn't done much since Daikatana landed with a thud.

    Carmack hasn't done much either.

  • by para_droid (92566) on Wednesday December 11, 2013 @01:06PM (#45661233) Journal

    This is the opposoite of how Carmack tells it in his recent interview []:

    That was a decade-long fight inside id, really, about how open we should be with the technology and with the modifiability. The two things people were concerned about were, as you say: won’t people be able to make levels and sell them in competition to us? And there were certainly some specific cases, like the whole D-Zone game that came out with the package of a million or whatever different levels somebody could find scraped off the BBSes and put out there. We know some of those things sold really large numbers. So there was definitely an element of bitterness inside some corners of the company about that. I don’t think that they ever took anything from us; it’s not like we had a competing package.

    But then the other side of it was the technological evolution question, where people said, aren’t we giving away some of our secrets? When we released our source code to the builder and those different aspects. And certainly tons of people learned from that, and did go on to build things, and you know, there’s an argument to be made that the company could have perhaps held onto a lead and an edge in the market better without doing that. But I think we came out net positive.

    I was really happy a decade later when Kevin Cloud, one of my partners, said that I had been right to be pushing for doing that. Because he had been looking at it not so much from the community and technological openness standpoint, but as a business risk. Coolly looked back at over the years, I think we benefited more than it might have hurt us. But in truth, I was just doing that at the time because it was something that felt really right to me.

    I still remember, at the time I was commenting about how I remembered being a teenager sector-editing Ultima II on my Apple II, to go ahead and hack things in to turn trees into chests or modify my gold or whatever, and I loved that. The ability to go several steps further and release actual source code, make it easy to modify things, to let future generations get what I wished I had had a decade earlier—I think that’s been a really good thing.

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