A Godfather Of The First-Person Shooter Video Game

John Romero, the guy behind DOOM Wolfenstein and Quake:

Wolfenstein and DOOM are so badass.  I still remember playing those for the first time, how blown away I was.  Both were very creepy for their time too, with the ominous music, sound effects, and maps.  John uses the word “visceral”, which is definitely accurate.

4:12 – Interesting distribution strategy.  It’s basically the “FIRE MIXTAPE” type strategy where you give it away for free and it’s so amazing everyone of course takes it.  Then you get famous, then rich off later releases.

5:00 – I had that box.  Definitely sold it to some little shit at my parent’s garage sale back in the day though.

Doom-Video-Game5:10 – That sculpture is intense haha.

Damn, John’s game squad really did him dirty over some Quake beef.  Seems like that type of thing happens a lot. :/

Thoughts?

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Rootbeer Joe May 29, 2015 at 03:58 am

He is still a fuckhole for Daikatana.

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ST4 May 29, 2015 at 09:56 am
ENDO-Mike May 29, 2015 at 10:10 am

Thanks for the link. Just finished reading it!

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derpmaster May 29, 2015 at 10:47 am

At least Ion Storm went on to make Deus Ex, although it was another branch of the company.

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Kestrelbike May 29, 2015 at 04:55 am

From what I remember, Romero was a HUGE primadonna who was just as much a dick to iD as everyone else was to him. His Ion Storm company pissed away huge money because they were all play and no work.

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FarmerJoe May 29, 2015 at 07:59 am

I miss Redneck Rampage. While not nearly as cool as some of the other first person shooters, I felt akin to the main characters.

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bob May 29, 2015 at 03:59 pm

Like it said in the CD jacket: “So many pedestrians, so little time” ;)

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Disco May 29, 2015 at 08:05 am

Man….Doom was quite the game in the 90s.
Stayed up many a night on it.

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Confusias May 29, 2015 at 08:56 am

I don’t think there has been a game since, that I played as much as Quake. I remember doing LAN parties just about every weekend, it was a blast. I’ve half a mind to make a pub server again and waste a weekend away… that game was good times.

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Tantal74 May 29, 2015 at 02:20 pm

In case you wonderful folks didn’t know, Doom is still being updated. Download Brutal Doom. Play it. It’ll change your life.

Also yes, this is the actual replacement soundtrack for it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn2J4Loe57g

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bob May 29, 2015 at 04:10 pm

My fav part is at 8:02 when he FINALY leaves id software, what happens?
HE claims the company shrivvels? lol
Nope, John Carmack and the rest of the team Make Q2 and Q3 Arena which win game of the year and double their stock price:)

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ENDO-Mike May 29, 2015 at 10:26 pm

haha that’s a burn

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KestrelBike May 30, 2015 at 07:48 am

God, remember Action Quake 2? Those were the f’in DAYS!! Doom III also had amazing single player and graphics.

Watching that video though, the single-barrel shotgun for Doom I still looks gorgeous. Probably the best looking weapon in a game, ever.

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Jon Ferguson May 30, 2015 at 08:37 am

Agreed, though ironically it was a digitised image of a kid’s toy!

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