Consider all these features that ZDoom has that are not found in the standard Doom originally released by id:

  • It runs well under all modern versions of Windows, from Windows 95 to the new Windows Vista. If you have Linux, it works with that too.
  • Can play all Doom engine games, including Ultimate Doom, Doom 2, Heretic, Hexen, and Strife.
  • Supports all the editing features of Hexen. (ACS, hubs, new map format, etc.)
  • Supports most of the BOOM editing features.
  • Many more all-new editing features such as:
    • Colored sector lighting.
    • Custom monsters, weapons, and items.
    • High resolution textures.
    • Many, many extensions to ACS that were not present in Hexen.
    • More music formats: Ogg Vorbis, MOD, XM, IT, S3M, MIDI, and MP3 as well as old-fashioned MUS all work.
    • More sound formats: FLAC and WAVE can both be used for sound effects.
    • More texture formats: PNG and JPEG are both useable for artwork.
  • The vast majority of Doom limits are gone.
  • An OPL softsynth is provided that can play the standard MUS music for an authentic "oldschool" flavor.
  • Free look (look up/down).
  • High resolutions.
  • Translucency (regular and additive).
  • A console.
  • Full-featured joystick/gamepad support under Windows.
  • Up to 8 player network games using UDP/IP, including team-based gameplay.
  • Support for the Bloodbath announcer from the classic Monolith game Blood.
  • Quake-style key bindings.
  • Jumping.
  • Crosshairs.
  • Walk over/under monsters and other things.

With thanks to...
id Software / John Carmack These are the people who developed Doom and later released the source code for the Linux port. Without them, there would be no ZDoom. I have also used some of the functions from their Quake2 game DLL source.
Bernd Kreimeier Packaged up id's Linux code for the initial source release.Raven SoftwarePortions of Heretic and Hexen were used in ZDoom.
Christoph Oelckers Most of the DECORATE support as well as numerous bug fixes.Chi Hoang / Team TNT Responsible in one way or another for BOOM, which provided a significant codebase for ZDoom. Information about BOOM can be found at the Team TNT website: Teamtnt.com
Lee Killough For all his brilliant work on both BOOM and later MBF. Portions of MBF were used in ZDoom, primarily to fix BOOM bugs.
Martin Collberg Creator of the Cajun Bot.Sebastien BacquetCreated qmus2mid which I used to determine the structure of DOOM's MUS lumps so that the game would have music.
Greg Lewis Released his DeHackEd source, without which adding DeHackEd support would have been much harder.

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An Update on 8.0

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Hey y'all.

Got an update for ya concerning ZX v8.0's development. It's coming along nicely, though I have discovered one thing that honestly took me by surprise, though I doubt it'll affect anybody who actually plays the mod.


First: what'll be changed


I'm nicknaming ZX's 8.0 release "Spring Cleaning, Half a Year Late" because most of what I've done this release is cleanup. In terms of new content, there honestly won't be too much outside of a few new monsters in the mix. One weapon has a new spriteset, and the camera-tilting system has been upgraded from the old (and kinda hack-y) QTilt system to the newer, better Tilt++ system, thus bringing in the mod's first-ever use of the new ZScript programming language, something which I've been trying to avoid because its documentation is bloody awful compared to the existing ActionCode Script (ACS) and DECORATE languages, what the mod's used since day one.

The heads-up displays will all bring improvements-- the "Modern" HUD option will have more elements that can be independently toggled if you like the arrangement but don't want such dense information. Plus, the non-fullscreen "Modern" HUD has been rearranged to much more closely match its fullscreen brother, thus greatly decluttering the screen (and enabling the HUD's use in non-widescreen aspect rations without having to resort to forcing anything in the engine menus). Plus, there's now an air meter common to all the HUDs that appears if you're in deep enough water.

The "ZX Options" mod menu has been GREATLY improved, being cleanly seperated into multiple submenus. Should you have the Bolognese Gore or Weapon Wheel addons loaded, their configuration menus have been scooted to their own submenu in the ZX Options for consistency and ease-of-use.There's also been some spring cleaning in the scripting department. The scripting related to the flashlight has been streamlined, with multiple unneeded scripts being completely culled-- this might confer an infantesimal performance increase. Also, the double-jump script has been fixed to work correctly in deep water-- when it comes to standard Doom water, which is little more than an animated floor texture, your movement is unaffected.


Next: what'll be new


A few new zombies, including the mod's first female zombies (an overdue inclusion, I know), which I haven't coded or implemented at the time of writing. I would have started work on them earlier, if it weren't for my computer being stupid and being in the technological equivalent of an ICU for most of a day, eventually needing a re-imaging of the main drive. It's (mostly) fine now though, just a couple of little issues here and there that are part of normal operation.


Lastly: what's been...removed.


Sadly, for anyone who plays deathmatch, team DM or AltDeath modes in ZX, I'm sad to say that, retroactive to v7.3, ZX no longer supports deathmatch mode, and, accordingly, frag counters will no longer appear in the HUD in that mode as of v8.0. The mod really was never well-balanced for DM in the first place, and I left it in mostly to keep the mod's horizons as broad as possible. The sticking point is the double-tap dodge scripts going absolutely bonkers in DM, though not in co-op, so, there still IS a multiplayer option in ZX. The mod is primarily still singleplayer, of course.

To my recollection, this is the first time *ever* that something's been outright removed from ZX. Over its entire development, I've done nothing but add and modify elements of the mod. It...kinda feels alien to straight-up take something out.


Bah, I've rambled enough. Y'all get the idea.

I hope that everyone who's downloaded v7.3 thus far has enjoyed it-- I'd appreciate feedback and ratings so I know how well I'm doing, everybody.

V8.0 is coming out fairly soon, though there's no definite release date-- it's coming out When It's Done™.

See y'all later!

-Xterra

Version 8.0 is in the works.

Version 8.0 is in the works.

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ZX's next version, v8.0, is in development right now.

ZX 7.3 is LIVE!

ZX 7.3 is LIVE!

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As promised, here's ZX v7.3, live and ready to go!

ZX Comes to ModDB

ZX Comes to ModDB

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The preliminary info-drop about ZX and its coming to ModDB (WARNING: IT'S A LONG'UN)

v1.6 release and official Discord server

v1.6 release and official Discord server

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Version 1.6 of the mod has already been released. And now you can talk about the mod in the new official Discord server for it!

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