After 25 years, a series like DOOM is guaranteed to collect its share of fun facts and interesting trivia. Thankfully, you don’t have to be the world’s most dedicated fan or a development insider to learn some of the coolest stuff about this franchise – you have us!
DID YOU KNOW:
A certain fantasy tabletop RPG was an influence on DOOM.
Dungeons & Dragons is basically a household name these days but in the ancient times, before widespread internet access, it was a lesser-known pastime. As one could imagine, however, it’s a game that the original creators of DOOM were well-versed in.
See, the development of DOOM began with the creation of its engine and other underlying technology; the concept of fighting demons and such came later. As id Software pushed themselves to discover what new things could be done with the nascent first-person shooter genre (that they’d essentially created), they went through a number of ideas about a central concept. But it took an office game of D&D to lock down the final iteration.
John Carmack played the role of the dungeon master while fellow id co-founder John Romero was one of the player characters. Romero recalled that he “got greedy trying to procure a magic sword,” and Carmack was quick to craft a fearsome vengeance: The entire world became overrun with demons.
“Something just clicked,” Romero said, and DOOM was born.