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Dec. 10th, 2013 | 11:09 pm

Happy DOOMsday — today's actually the 20th anniversary of the original game's release. Hard to believe it's been two decades, and even harder to believe it's still going strong.

But it is! So here's to the next twenty years of blasting demons, gibbing zombies and smashing pumpkins into small piles of putrid debris.

Also: Chocolate Doom released version 2.0 today; DOOM RETRO, a new port based on Chocolate Doom released its first version. Furthermore, here's an interview with John Carmack for the 20th anniversary, and IGN played Knee-Deep In The Dead with John Romero (90 minute video!). And finally, Doomworld's got the 10th annual Cacowards honoring various worthy WADs and mappers of the past year.

EDIT, 2013-12-26: here's a massive list of links for the occasion, compiled by Chris Hansen.

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Supergremlin777

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from: vadertime
date: Dec. 11th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
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Wow, I can't believe it's been 20 years since Doom first came out. The first ever Doom I played was the one for the Nintendo 64, which would eventually become my favorite.

I've also been making a few maps for DoomBuilder64. I still have much to learn though.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Dec. 11th, 2013 10:26 am (UTC)
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Cool, I never played the N64 version; in fact, I think the PC version (well, versions) is all I ever had. But that one was great fun.

I still remember playing E3 on a friend's 386SX-16 laptop (with 4 MiB of SIPP memory, heh), too. The framerate was incredibly low, the (grayscale) screen's viewing angle was very narrow (and the colors would invert if you looked at it from an angle), but it was fun.

I even made some maps back in the day, but they're lost in the mists of time.

BTW, Carmack's assertion that DOOM was the first significant game to use a DOS extender's wrong, at least depending on what you consider "significant". Links 386 Pro, for instance, was a golf game that came out in 1992 and used the Phar Labs DOS extender (DOOM used DOS4GW instead); and golf simulations were fairly popular back in those days, and Links was the gold standard of golf games. The original 1990 game was more popular than Links 386 Pro, despite the latter's SVGA graphics etc., but I think Links 386 Pro was definitely still a significant game.

Very different from DOOM of course, though. :)

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Supergremlin777

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from: vadertime
date: Dec. 11th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Doom 64 is actually WAY different from Doom on the PC. Here's a download link for Doom 64 for the PC called The Absolution:

http://www.doom2.net/~doomdepot/abs-download.html

You'll need the Doom2.wad, which you might be able to find online.

Give it a try whenever you get a chance, but I gotta tell you, it's a lot creepier and more "hell"ish than the original Doom.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Dec. 11th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to check it out. I like hellish levels, anyway, although for me that usually means reddish caves filled with lava and molten rock (and ungodly amounts of demons), and quite possibly grandiose gothic architecture as well.

And come on, do you really think I haven't purchased DOOM 2? :P

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Supergremlin777

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from: vadertime
date: Dec. 12th, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
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... Mmmmmaybe. :p

Anywho, sorry but this is the site that has the Doom 64 remake for PC.

http://doom64ex.wordpress.com/

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Dec. 12th, 2013 10:47 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

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Supergremlin777

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from: vadertime
date: Dec. 12th, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC)
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No problemo, have fun. :)

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