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Doom
The franchise logo, as of 2004
The official logo of the franchise
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Developer(s) id Software
Publisher(s) GT Interactive
Activision
Creator(s) John Carmack
Tom Hall
Platform(s) DOS
Microsoft Windows
Various consoles
First release Doom
1993

Doom is a series of first-person shooter video games developed by id Software. The series focuses on the exploits of an unnamed space marine operating under the UAC (Union Aerospace Corp.), who fights hordes of undead and demons in order to survive. The series was widely considered as one of the pioneering first-person shooter series in the video game industry, introducing features such as 3D graphics, true third dimension spatiality, networked multiplayer gameplay, and support for player-created expansions with the Doom WAD format. Since Doom, which was released in 1993, the series has spawned three sequels, numerous expansions and a film.

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The cover of the comic
A panel from the comic

A set of four novels based on Doom were written with permission of id Software by Dafydd Ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver. The books, listed in order, are titled Knee Deep in the Dead, Hell on Earth, Infernal Sky and Endgame. All were published between June 1995 and January 1996 by Pocket Books. Some in the Doom community started calling the unnamed marine in the games "Flynn Taggart", after the main character of the novels, at least for a time. The first two books featured recognizable locations and situations from the first two games.

Additionally, a comic book was issued in May 1996, produced by Tom Grindberg of Marvel Comics as a giveaway for a video game convention, and original art from that project was put up for auction on eBay in April 2004. It was criticized for ridiculous dialogue and a poor story, as well as erroneous representations of some weapons from the game. In September 2005, a member of the Doom community released an unofficial "dramatic rendition" of the lines from the comic, with music and sound effects, for comedic effect. Notable lines include "Now I'm radioactive! That can't be good!", "Sweet Christmas! Big-mouthed floating thingies! It's always something!", and (pictured below) the infamous "Rip and tear your guts! You are huge! That means you have huge guts!".

On January 31 of 2005, a board game resembling the classic Space Hulk was released, entitled Doom: The Board Game[1]

There is also a movie based on Doom.

Strategy guides released in printed editions include:

  • Robert Waring: Doom: Totally Unauthorized Tips & Secrets, Brady Publishing
  • Jonathan Mao Mendoza: The Official Doom Survival Guide, ISBN 0-7821-1546-2
  • Rick Barba: Doom Battlebook: Secrets of the Games series, Prima Publishing, ISBN 1-55958-651-6

Popular culture

The series has been parodied in The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield, which features a minigame in which Apu fights off squishee-throwing bullies in his shop with a broom, shotgun, and a weapon similar to the BFG, causing them to explode in a bloody mess, and Muppets Inside, which features a minigame in which the Swedish Chef takes on giant killer vegetables with various kitchenware. The Doomguy appears as a playable character in the PC release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. Doom is shown to be played in the film Congo, episodes of Friends and ER, and a commercial for Mystery Science Theatre 3000. The game was also refereneced in the movie Wild Hogs.

The game is shown briefly during an episode of Family Guy, where Stewie Griffin drives his Big Wheel through various pop culture references, which includes going through the fifth level of Doom running over an Imp. The Simpsons shows a career consultant playing Doom at his desk.

The sound effects are heard in a number of songs. "Where Boys Fear to Tread" from the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins features a rocket launcher to point to the relationship between Doom and The Smashing Pumpkins in the SPISPOPD joke. Rotten Sound's album Murderworks has a song called "Doom", in which one of the beginnings it is possible to hear some Doom sound effects, like monsters yelling and weapons firing. MF Doom, under alias Metal Fingers, sampled sound effects from Doom 64 gameplay on the song "Styrax Gum" off the album Special Herbs, Vol. 4. The song ends with the player's death. Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flamen Sehen by Rammstein uses the player death sound from the original series several times.

Doom is often noted for its connection to satanism and unholy symbolism: the imagery, hard sound themes, and game plot. For example, when exiting the shareware version of the game, you will see a screen with more info about what is in the full registered version. Here's what a section of it says:

"… Sure, don't order DOOM. Sit back with your milk and cookies and let the universe go to Hell. Don't face the onslaught of demons and spectres that await you on The Shores of Hell. Avoid the terrifying confrontations with cacodemons and lost souls that infest Inferno. Or, act like a man! Slap a few shells into your shotgun and let's kick some demonic butt. Order the entire DOOM trilogy now! After all, you'll probably end up in Hell eventually. Shouldn't you know your way around before you make the extended visit? …"

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The popularity of the first-person shooter video game Doom has resulted in a large number of spin-offs and homages.

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Spin-offs


A set of four novels based on Doom were written with permission of id Software by Dafydd Ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver. The books, listed in order, are titled Knee Deep in the Dead, Hell on Earth, Infernal Sky and Endgame. All were published between June 1995 and January 1996 by Pocket Books. Some in the Doom community started calling the unnamed marine in the games "Flynn Taggart", after the main character of the novels, at least for a time. The first two books featured recognizable locations and situations from the first two games.

Additionally, a comic book was issued in May 1996, produced by Tom Grindberg of Marvel Comics as a giveaway for a video game convention, and original art from that project was put up for auction on eBay in April 2004. It was criticized for ridiculous dialogue and a poor story, as well as erroneous representations of some weapons from the game. In September 2005, a member of the Doom community released an unofficial "dramatic rendition" of the lines from the comic, with music and sound effects, for comedic effect. Notable lines include "Now I'm radioactive! That can't be good!", "Sweet Christmas! Big-mouthed floating thingies! It's always something!", and (pictured below) the infamous "Rip and tear your guts! You are huge! That means you have huge guts!".

On January 31 of 2005, a board game resembling the classic Space Hulk was released, entitled Doom: The Board Game. [1]

There is also a movie based on Doom.

Strategy guides released in printed editions include:

  • Robert Waring: Doom: Totally Unauthorized Tips & Secrets, Brady Publishing
  • Jonathan Mao Mendoza: The Official Doom Survival Guide, ISBN 0-7821-1546-2
  • Rick Barba: Doom Battlebook: Secrets of the Games series, Prima Publishing, ISBN 1-55958-651-6

Homages

In games

  • In Jazz Jackrabbit 2, in the episode-selection screen, the player is allowed to try the shareware demo of the game. The episode screen is a parody of the Doom II box-art and even the text "Shareware Demo" is written using the Doom font. The game was released by Epic, the creator of Unreal and the biggest competitor of id's Quake franchise.
  • Duke Nukem 3D contains a reference to Doom: a slaughtered "Doom Guy" that causes Duke to say "Hmmmm, that's one Doomed space marine".
  • Quake 3 features the Doomguy as a playable character - he is referred to simply as "Doom". The same model, with a different skin, is used for the character "Phobos". A female Doom Marine, "Crash", is also in the game.
  • Numerous unofficial maps have been made by players of newer games that recreate maps from Doom and Doom II.
  • In the game "Soldier of Fortune 2: Double Helix" when John Mullins is on the Seaward Star, and comes across a computer in one of the living quarters, the Doom intro screen is visible on the monitor.
  • The PC game Muppets Inside features a Doom parody starring the Swedish Chef taking on giant killer vegetables with various kitchenware.
  • In the Simpsons game Virtual Springfield there is a minigame with a parody of Doom in which Apu fights off squishee-throwing bullies in his shop with a broom, shotgun and a weapon similar the BFG, causing them to explode in a bloody mess (but, for some reason, ending the game and supposedly killing the in-game Apu).

In fiction

  • Doom, as well as Labyrinth of Death (Лабиринт Смерти), a fictional virtual reality multiplayer game inspired by Doom ideas and images, is extensively featured in the "Labyrinth of Reflections" trilogy by Russian author Sergey Lukyanenko.
  • In a Simpsons Comic, the nerds from Springfield University become rich after a computer game resembling Doom (but with Homer as the marine) is accidentally uploaded onto the Internet by Bart. The nerds reveal that the game was unfinished, and that they were going to add fantasy creatures, character progression and a plot.

In television

  • Friends: In an early episode, Chandler suggests playing Doom while using his laptop help Ross decide between Julie or Rachel.
  • The Simpsons: In an episode, Homer is in a career consultant's office and the consultant is playing Doom.
  • The game was shown briefly during an episode of Family Guy (Season 4B, Episode 4, "PTV"). The opening credits for this show were done in the style of Police Squad!, with Stewie Griffin driving his with Big Wheel through various pop culture references. During this sequence, Stewie drives through the fifth level of Doom and rams an Imp, killing it.
  • Mystery Science Theatre 3000: Mike explains that in his job all he did was play Doom. In a commercial for the episode "The Starfighters", Crow and Mike are playing Doom as Tom Servo introduces the next episode.
  • Various movies & TV shows (mostly ones produced in the early 90's) use sound effects that were used in Doom. This is because some of Doom's sounds were acquired from a public commercial sound library.
  • ER: In episode 7 of season 2, some characters are shown playing and discussing the second level of Doom 2. You can hear them mention the "red key," "rocket launcher," and the "BFG 9000."

In movies

  • Naqoyqatsi: One hour and eleven minutes into the film, a video clip from the game is shown.
  • Wild Hogs: When the police officer is describing how he acquired his badge over the internet, he says "for firearms training, they just told us to play Doom". After the large battle at the end of the film, he also says "wow, that was like, level twelve of Doom".
  • Grosse Point Blank: A fictional Doom 2 arcade machine is featured in the film.
  • Congo: Doom can be seen executing a replay in the shareware-version on a computer at the very beginning.
  • A Kid in Aladin's Palace: The main character trades his laptop for a cart so as to sneak into the palace. The person he traded with is seen playing Doom on it.

In music

  • The Classic Doom Mod for Doom 3 [2] includes a remake of the soundtrack of the first episode of Doom 1. [3] The remake, made by Sonic Clang and Thumpmonk, features live guitars and drums combined with synthesis.
  • Finnish grindcore band Rotten Sound's album Murderworks has a song called "Doom", in which on the beginning it's possible to hear some Doom sound effects, like monsters yelling and weapons shooting.
  • The song Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen? (English: Do you want to see the bed in flames?) by Rammstein samples the Doomguy's dying scream and shotgun reloading sounds.
  • Lemon Demon's song "Bad idea" features death sounds of zombies and demons in the song. Additionally, teleporting, rocket flying and super shotgun sounds are used.
  • Hip-hop artist MF Doom under alias Metal Fingers sampled sound effects from Doom 64 gameplay on the song "Styrax Gum" off the album Special Herbs, Vol. 4. The song ends with the player's death.

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