Doom

Doom

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Updated Feb 18, 2014 at 10:04PM EST by Brad.

Added Apr 19, 2013 at 02:33PM EDT by Triple Zed.

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About

Doom is a first person shooter game series created by id Software. In the game, you assume the role of a Space Marine (known as Doomguy) who fights against hordes of demons to avoid an invasion from Hell.

The game has become popular over the years, thanks to the release of mods and the creation of new levels.

History

The first title in the Doom series, Doom, was released on December 10, 1993.[1] A second installment, Doom II: Hell on Earth, was released on September 30, 1994.[1]Doom 3 was released on August 3, 2004, and takes place in a separate story arc from the previous titles.[1] A remake of Doom 3, entitled Doom 3: BFG Edition, was released on October 12, 2012, with two expansion packs for Doom 3, as well as the original copies of Doom and Doom II.[1]Doom 4 was announced in 2008, with no scheduled release date, and has faced numerous setbacks during its development; development was completely restarted in 2011. As of yet, Doom 4 has no release date.[1] In addition, there have been numerous expansions and custom mods released over the years. A motion picture, also titled Doom, was released on October 20, 2005. It was widely panned by critics and fans for not being true to the original series’ story.[2]

Internet Presence

Doom has a large fanbase on the internet, stretching back to the release of the first title in 1993. Because of the game’s easily modifiable nature (id Software deliberately designed the engine to facilitate user-created content), within a year of Doom‘s release, players had programmed level editors and created forums for sharing modified content. Custom content is downloaded and added into game files through PWADS, custom patch files that could be acquired through downloading from a ’bulletin board system’[3] and purchasing on CDs at game stores; later on, downloading from id Software’s FTP servers became the primary method of distribution. The idgames archive currently houses more than 14,500 PWADS created over the years.

IDDQD

IDDQD is the god-mode cheat code in the original Doom title. It has found a fair amount of use as an internet slang term, typically used when explaining how a seemingly impossible task was accomplished. It also finds use as a caption on images depicting people such as Chuck Norris, and others renowned online for their herculean abilities.



DOOM: Repercussions of Evil

DOOM: Reprecussions of Evil is a fanfiction set in the Doom universe. It has garnered cult status due to its abysmal grammar and style, much like My Immortal. As with My Immortal, Reprecussions of Evil has spawned a great deal of fanart, and several dramatic readings. There have even been a number of fan dramatizations of the fic. Arguably the best-known phrase from the fic is “The radio said “No, John. You are the demons” // And then John was a zombie.”; it has been used in a variety of image captions and macros relating to the fic.



Controversy

While Doom was widely praised for its innovation, its intense focus on Satanic imagery and graphic (for the time) depiction of violence drew strong criticism. Many religious organizations denounced its portrayal of Hell and related imagery, and was even referred to as a “mass murder simulator” by Killology research group founder David Grossman[4]. Doom kick-started the fears that video games could be used to simulate real-world violence.

Columbine High School Massacre

On April 20, 1999, two students attending Columbine High School in Jefferson Country, Colorado, preformed the deadliest high school school shooting to date. The students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, were avid players of the Doom eries. The two would spend long nights playing deathmatch together, and after the massacre, media often speculated that they were “training” for their slaughter. Eric designed several levels, sometimes placing messages in the text files of his PWADS asking for praise and recognition.[5][6] One particular rumor surrounding the shooting was that Eric had designed levels based off of his school’s floor plans, with enemies representing Columbine’s student body. This was discovered to be false.[6][7] Columbine ignited a new culture of first person shooter-related paranoia, and many Doom players found themselves under scrutiny for their enjoyment of the game.

Search Interest

Search queries for “doom” picked up in June of 2004, when “Doom 3” was released, and in October of 2005, when the movie was released.

External References

[1]Wikipedia – Doom (Series)

[2]Wikipedia – Doom (film)

[3]Wikipedia – Bulletin board system

[4]Wikipedia – Killology

[5]Wikipedia – Columbine High School massacre

[6]Wikipedia – The Harris Levels

[7]Snopes – The Harris Levels

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