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.
5. Sampling Pumpkins
Before we talk about the cameo proper, some back story: In the ancient days of the internet, some wise guy made a joke about the need to make the name of id Software’s next game longer than “DOOM” to discourage people flooding Usenet (look it up) with identical posts asking about the game. The poster then suggested the next game be called “Smashing Pumpkins into Small Piles of Putrid Debris.”
This became a thing. The odd phrase proved so memorable, in fact, that the cheat code “idspispopd” was later added to the game. Meanwhile, a little band called Smashing Pumpkins was gaining popularity and, having caught wind of this in-joke and fans of the game to begin with, decided to offer their own homage.
This brings us to their 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, specifically the song “Where Boys Fear to Tread,” which features the distinctive sound of DOOM’s rocket launcher firing into an exploding barrel. It’s not our imagination - the band even thanked id Software in the liner notes.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness went on to receive critical acclaim and sell millions of copies since, helping the American alt rock band rocket their way to superstardom. (Sorry, not sorry.)