Doom (series)

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The series logo, as of 2004
The official logo of the series
Genres First-person shooter, Survival horror
Developers id Software
Midway Games
Nerve Software
Publishers GT Interactive
Bethesda Softworks
Creators John Carmack
Tom Hall
John Romero
Platforms MS-DOS
Microsoft Windows
Various consoles
First release Doom
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.


Main series[edit]


Other media[edit]

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?]

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

An eponymous film based loosely on Doom was released in 2005.

Id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead has stated in an interview that another Doom movie, possibly based on Doom 4, might be made.[2]

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.


In 1996, Next Generation ranked the series as the 19th top game of all time, for how "despite the hundreds of copycat titles, no one has ever been able to equal id's original, pulsing classic."[3]


  1. ^ "Doom". Fantasy Flight Games. Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  2. ^ Crecente, Brian (2008-08-02). "id Would Like Another Doom Movie". Kotaku (Allure Media). Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  3. ^ Next Generation 21 (September 1996), p.68.