It doesn’t take much for a major pop culture franchise like DOOM to spread its influence. Let’s take a look at some of the series’ more interesting (or just flat-out odd) cameos, both within and outside the sphere of video games.
2. Windows (95) to Another World
In the heady days of the early ‘90s, no one was really sure how gaming on a PC should work. Up until this point DOS was king, meaning games needed to be run from the command line and necessitated a somewhat arcane knowledge of DOS commands and syntax.
Microsoft was hoping to change all that with Windows 95. Thanks to a fancy new framework they called DirectX, the company was looking to make Windows “the game platform” for the foreseeable future. At least, that’s what founder and then-CEO Bill Gates claimed in a promotional video prepared for “Judgment Day,” a developer event Microsoft held in 1995 to convince game makers to develop for Windows.
That promo video, of course, prominently featured DOOM. But it wasn’t just shown running on-screen, oh no. After a bit of gameplay footage, the ostensible player steps out from behind the shotgun and into the game itself, revealing himself to be none other than Bill Gates.
Standing over the corpses of slain demons in a duster, shotgun in hand, Gates went on to explain how he was “getting an inside look” at DOOM running on Windows. In his trademark, understated style, the software magnate talked up the benefits of the platform in detail until a Zombieman walks in from the side of the screen to mock him.
Gates, of course, turned and blasted him with the shotgun. “Don’t interrupt me!”
Look, the ‘90s were a strange time.