Let the Obsession begin. Again.

This time, the entire forces of the netherworld have overrun Earth. To save her, you must descend into the stygian depths of Hell itself!

Battle mightier, nastier, deadlier demons and monsters. Use more powerful weapons. Survive more mind-blowing explosions and more of the bloodiest, fiercest, most awesome blastfest ever!

Play DOOM II solo, with two people over a modem, or with up to four players over a LAN (supporting IPX protocol). No matter which way you choose, get ready for adrenaline-pumping, action-packed excitement that's sure to give your heart a real workout.

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10 comments by TheUnbeholden on Dec 11th, 2013

The WIRED interview with John Carmack
a snippet:

At the stroke of midnight on December 10, 1993, an executive at id Software uploaded a file to an FTP site on the University of Washington’s network. The filename was doom1_0.zip. Thus did one of the great revolutions in the world of gaming begin—not with a spectacular launch party and a multimillion-dollar ad campaign, but with a 2MB file transfer.

From there, gamers picked up the ball; they downloaded the shareware file and immediately uploaded it to other FTP sites and local bulletin board systems. Download by download, Doom started to make its way around the world. It would become nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, popularizing the first-person shooter genre of games and shifting the predominant aesthetic of games from “Saturday morning cartoon” to “Saturday night horror double feature.”

Id’s previous games like Commander Keen and Wolfenstein 3-D were technological marvels that were starting to make personal computers a viable alternative to game consoles for fast-paced action games. At the heart of these innovative games was the technology created by id’s programming genius and co-founder John Carmack, who in the years since Doom‘s release has continued to create increasingly stunning graphic engines for id’s games. On November 22 of this year, Carmack left id to become CTO of Oculus VR, a company developing a head-mounted gaming virtual reality display.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of his most momentous game release, WIRED spoke with Carmack about the creation of Doom, the game development world in 1993, and his thoughts on the future of the series. (Carmack’s responses have been edited for space and clarity.)

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Baphomet‪
Baphomet‪ Dec 10 2013, 5:53pm says:

Why the hell does it have a 9.6 rating? Doom 2 is worth having a complete 10! :/

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Cazksa
Cazksa Jan 20 2014, 11:22am replied:

I Agree

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.Shiki
.Shiki Jan 1 2013, 11:33pm says:

Not even most 20xx Games can Beat the Grandaddy of them all which is DOOM

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden Sep 6 2012, 9:17am says:

Just finished Master Levels, a bit disappointed. Most where easy, apart from 3. One of which was cheap with that monster spawner.

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juicytoot
juicytoot Jul 11 2012, 5:10pm buried:

(buried)

doom 2 stinks but the first is great.

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thonglover
thonglover Jul 14 2012, 8:07pm replied:

Get the **** out of here.

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Baphomet‪
Baphomet‪ Mar 5 2012, 3:34am says:

What do they mean "This time, the entire forces of the netherworld have overrun Earth." It's supposed to be the forces of hell not the netherworld. :|

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden Sep 6 2012, 7:59am replied:

Actually Doom never mentions hell, except when the Doom marine in one of the text boxes because thats the conclusion people naturally jump to. Thats what I like about the Doom series, they keep it ambiguous and never tell you whether its hell or not. It could just be a dimension, not necessarily the one you go to when you die. Think of Event Horizon, they accidentally opened a gateway to another dimension... existence there is a different to the one we know.

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TwinBeast
TwinBeast Nov 9 2012, 9:44pm replied:

Maybe you need to read the end/intermission stories better...

Most of them mention the word Hell, most of them mention Doomguy being in Hell, escaping from Hell, killing hellspawn, etc..

Also Inferno is more or less a synonym for Hell.

look down to see the awful truth.

Deimos floats above Hell itself!

The end/intermission stories in all classic Dooms mention the word hell 27 times. Including hellspawn.

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden Sep 6 2012, 8:13am replied:

Well I suppose one of the Episodes has the word Hell in it, and Thy Flesh Consumed and the maps in it are all references to the bible, but the character in the game doesn't know what the episode/map names are does he :P That seems more like a reference for us than "evidence".

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Aaah...Good ol' DooM:II one of the games that started the FPS craze, and made it into one of the best genres.
This game was released in 1994 and it's still good as new!
IT NEVER GETS OLD FOR FUCKS SAKE!!!
and best of all, if it gets old then i can inform you about 100000000000000 wad's
out there, everything from map packs to tc's.
RIP'n'TEAR!!!

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