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December 10, 1993
|Latest release||Doom 3 BFG Edition
October 16, 2012
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 four sequels, numerous expansions and a film.
Since its debut, over 10 million copies of Doom games have been sold.
- Doom (1993)
- Doom II: Hell on Earth
- Final Doom
- Doom 64
- Doom 3
- Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil
- DOOM (TBA)
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The Doom videogames consist soly of first-person shooters in which the player character goes up against demonic monsters.
Development and history
The development of the original Doom started in 1992, when John D. Carmack developed a new 3D game engine, the Doom engine, while the rest of the id Software team finished the Wolfenstein 3D prequel, Spear of Destiny.
Doom II: Hell on Earth was released in 1994.
The Doom series remained dormant between 1996 and 2000, when Doom 3 was announced. A retelling of the original Doom using entirely new graphics technology, Doom 3 was hyped to provide as large a leap in realism and interactivity as the original game and helped renew interest in the franchise when it was released in 2004. Doom 3 had its own expansion pack released in 2005, titled Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil.
After the Doom 4 project development was scrapped in 2013, id's Tim Willits said that the next game in the Doom series was still the team's focus, but it has not been confirmed to be titled Doom 4. It was renamed to simply Doom in 2014. This game is supposed to become a full reboot of the series, rather than a continuation or origin story of earlier games.
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" or "Fly", 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.[according to whom?]
An eponymous film based loosely on Doom was released in 2005.
In early 2008, a new series of Doom novels by Matthew J. Costello were published, an author who had worked on the story and scripts for Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil. The series of books aim to novelize the story of Doom 3, with the first installment, Worlds on Fire, published on February 26, 2008. The second book in the series, Maelstrom, was released in March 2009.
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
For the 20th Anniversary of the Series, the Game-Art-HQ community created an art tribute with 20 illustrations of the characters of the game.
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