7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About DOOM
DOOM was one of the most iconic games of the 1990’s. It was huge! The game was so popular it was banned in many Colleges and Universities not because of its depiction of Hellspawn and ultra-violence but because the ability to play the game online had crashed all the servers and soaked up all the bandwidth on campuses. It was released in 1993 and had three nine level stages. It was installed on more PCs than Windows 95. But you knew all of that. So for all the fanatics out there here are 8 things you might not know about DOOM.Colleges and Universities not because of its depiction of Hellspawn and ultra-violence but because the ability to play the game online had crashed all the servers and soaked up all the bandwidth on campuses. It was released in 1993 and had three nine level stages. It was installed on more PCs than Windows 95. But you knew all of that. So for all the fanatics out there here are 7 things you might not know about DOOM.
It was a rip off of Evil Dead and Aliens.
Well, a rip off isn’t strictly true. John Carmack one of the game’s original programmers said that the game drew influence from a lot of films but especially Alien and Evil Dead. Doom originally started its life off as an officially licensed Alien game. The Id team even went as far to start negotiations with 20th Century Fox for the license but during the proceeding, they realised that their hands would pretty much be tied and their create freedoms diminished. You don’t need to look too deep to see the Evil Dead influence. The cover art of Army of Darkness bears a strikingly close resemblance to the Doom art. The chainsaw is a playable weapon and mmmm I don’t know the invasion of demons seems quite similar.
The name came from the film The Colour of Money.
The Colour of Money is a film about pool hustling. Released in 1986 starring Tom Cruise and Paul Newman you would be hard pushed to find any Cacodemon’s in the film but you will see Tom Cruise doing some of his best Kung Fu moves with a pool cue. The name of came from a line of dialogue.
Moselle: What you got in there?
Vincent Lauria: In here?
Vincent Lauria: Doom.
In 1996 Chex Cereal made a total conversion of DOOM. They overhauled the nite game and removed every single lovely bit of violence and replaced it with family-friendly fun. The game is set on a far-off planet called Bazoik and revolves around the Chex Warrior. The Chex Warrior is a human soldier who has decided that the best armour he could use when battle space aliens is a giant bit of Chex cereal.The imps have been renamed “flemoids” and instead of sending them back to fiery pits of hell from which they came the Chex warrior uses a device called a “zorcher” to teleport the “flemoids” back home. I really am struggling to get my head around this one. AOL actually paid for the entire production of these CD Roms which were free with every box of Chex Cereal so they could include a free trial of AOL Online.So let me get this straight. DOOM was blamed for brainwashing an entire generation of young people then it was modded to brainwash an entire generation and turning them into cereal consumers. Just goes to show you if you have the cash you can do whatever the hell you want.
On April 20th, 1999, two teenagers entered Columbine High School in Colorado and shot and killed their classmates. Tragically they killed 13 people and injured 21 before turning the guns on themselves.
This ensured a media frenzy with people looking for the reason something so horrible could take place. Media and politicians pointed their finger at artists such as Eminem and Marilyn Manson and games like Duke Nukem and DOOM. One of the killers played DOOM regularly and even designed some of his own levels. This is where this myth came from. A rumour spread that one of the killers at Columbine High School used DOOM to make a replica of his school in which to practice killing his classmates. This is completely untrue and no links have ever been found between this tragedy and any video games.
You Can Play Doom on a Calculator
That's right! You can play the first DOOM on a TI-83 calculator. Remember the big calculators with the sliding cover you used to use in Maths? Well if I had known you could play DOOM on one of they bad boys not only would I still be rubbish at maths I would never have typed 5318008 into one of them.
The TI-83 has a function which allows you to plug your computer into a computer and install your own programs. Id software spent a lot of time refining the game so that it would run really smoothly and without bugs. They have done such a good job that the code can be altered slightly so the game can run on the processing power of a calculator. That’s 32kb of RAM. The laptop I’m using to write this has 16Gb! The time taken to refine and develop the game is why DOOM was so important to the progression and evolution of video games and still iconic today.