It’s DOOM’s 29th Anniversary. What’s Your Favorite Story?

It was 29 years ago today that DOOM was first released — and we’re still using it! Here in 2022, the latest mod reportedly converts its demons into the zombies and creepers from Minecraft. This week Hackaday wrote about a simple emulated RISC-V processor that runs DOOM. Last month someone even got DOOM running in Notepad. And recently WebTV enthusiasts not only jerry-rigged a contemporary TV to a WebTV unit, but then actually got it to play a 1990s-era WebTV version of DOOM on their TV screen.

The last 29 years have been a long, strange trip. A hidden Doom level appeared in Microsoft Excel. A Doom video was also used to promote Windows 95. And then there was that weird Doom movie starring The Rock and Karl Urban… By 2015 Doom was inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. In 2016 John Romero created a new level. Later that year a new release of Doom even featured a mod with one of the the original Doom II levels from 1994.

In 2016 we’d asked Slashdot readers to share their own favorite stories about Doom — and the best thing about that post is those 351 comments. (“I went to the door, confused why the police were banging on my door…. They said they had reports of shots being fired.” )

Is anyone still playing Doom today? Share your own thoughts and memories in the comments.

And what’s your own favorite story about Doom?

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Trailers Released for 2023 First-Person Shooter ‘Starship Troopers: Extermination’

You can read the news in Military Times magazine. “Coming just after the 25th anniversary of the release of the cult classic Starship Troopers (November 1997), Offworld Industries and Sony Pictures Consumer Projects are bringing the fight against the Arachnids to a computer near you.”

An official announcement and gameplay teaser were released for the upcoming game this week. “Starship Troopers: Extermination is a co-op FPS that puts you on the far-off front lines of an all-out battle against the Bugs!” explains its page on Steam. “Squad up, grab your rifle, and do your part as an elite Deep Space Vanguard Trooper set to take back planets claimed by the Arachnid threat!”

The page says an “Early Access” launch is planned for 2023:
In Starship Troopers: Extermination, our vision is to show a galactic war between the Federation and the Arachnid Empire. After our initial launch and throughout the course of Early Access development, players will get to engage with exciting new updates that expand upon the in-game universe, and provide feedback through the Steam Community Hub that our developers can take into consideration…. [W]e will be sharing an exciting and robust roadmap with content already planned for 2023. Throughout Early Access we will provide players with more weapons, an updated class leveling system as well as progression achievements and unlockable skins for both weapons and armor. Additionally we will be adding vehicles special call in attacks including massive Orbital Strikes to help during missions. On the enemy side we will be adding more bugs, flying enemies, and boss battles that require complex player coordination to accomplish.

As we progress in development, our goal is to then begin ongoing planetary battles where the player can explore new items and enemies introduced in previous updates as an epic war breaks out. This transition adds a new world as we head to the completion of Early Access. The intent throughout Early Access is to convey that this part of our development cycle is the beginning of the war and the battle will only increase in complexity and ferocity as we move to full release.
Starship Troopers: Extermination is expected to be in Early Access for approximately 1 year. The full version of Starship Troopers: Extermination will span multiple worlds to liberate them from the Arachnid Threat. This will include additional weapons, enemies types, class progression upgrades, community events, and encounters. The player will have a more diverse roster of customization options allowing them to tailor their Troopers to fit their playstyle and experience.” Starship Troopers: Extermination will launch with a massive map on Planet Valaka. Up to twelve players can team up to complete side and main missions before escaping to the extraction zone. We’ll have more to share closer to the Early Access launch in 2023!
We plan to work closely with the community on Steam’s Community Hub and in the official Starship Troopers: Extermination Discord as we add features, tune gameplay, and develop new content.

“Starship Troopers is in a league of its own when it comes to 90s science fiction films,” writes Boing Boing’s Devin Nealy. “Despite serving as an adaptation of the Robert A. Heinlein book, Starship Troopers forges a unique identity through its striking visuals and deft use of satire.”

Noting the two “pretty weak” straight-to-video sequels (and two more CGI-animated films), Nealy argues that “Until the franchise finds a creative team that can properly capture the essence of the first film, a video game might be the best option for the series.”

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