DOOM under Virtual PC

DOOM under Virtual PC

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The one, the only, the infamous DOOM.  I distinctly remember when this game first came out (1993).  It took me 6 days to download it from my local BBS (it was in a 6 part archive and I could only download one part a day before I exceeded my daily time limit) and when I finally got it up and running I was *scared*.  I do not think any game has had the initial impact on me that DOOM did.

DOOM had many firsts for a 3D shooting game.  It had different leveled floors, non-perpendicular walls and a myriad of other new features.  My personal favorite feature would be the fact that if one of the monsters in the game accidentally gets hit by 'friendly fire' from another monster - it will turn and attack the offender, and they will fight until one of them is dead (this is very handy at times).

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Unsurprisingly, DOOM runs quite well under Virtual PC.  The reason why I say 'unsurprisingly' is because DOOM is one of the standard programs we use to 'bring up' a virtual machine.  Which is to say, whenever we make a major architectural change - one of the first things we do is check if DOOM still works.

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  • I remember playing DOOM at a friend's house when it came out (lucky for me, he did all the hard work of downloading it!). I'm man enough to admit that it scared me, too. More than a movie has ever scared me, and more than any game since has scared me (there's been some "shock" moments in movies and games, but never that feeling of terror when just running around a (seemingly) empty room)
  • ben,

    ive been reading your blog daily about a year now, and may i say... that i am beyond envious of your staggering collection of classic games.


  • Do you get time to do any work in your job! ;-)
  • This brings back some memories for me.... playing late into the night on my old 486 DX2/66 with 12Mb RAM....although I have to say that I was more into Doom II than the original.

    At one point, after several hours a night playing in a darkened room, I even had Doom dreams..... now *that* was scary.....

  • How old were you when Doom came out? 5? Already programming on Dads OS/2 boxes?
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