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:
The DOOM series has a history of giving shout-outs to members of its team within its games.
Since the original DOOM became a sensation in 1993, id Software has grown from just a dozen or so staffers to hundreds today. But even with as big as the studio’s become, id has a track record of shouting out the folks who helped make it all happen.
One of the more famous examples is DOOM II, where the secret final boss turned out to be id co-founder John Romero’s head on a pike informing the player that, “To win the game, you must kill me, John Romero."
This fourth wall shattering kicked into high gear in DOOM 3, where no fewer than six of the human characters are named after employees of id and then-publisher Activision. DOOM 3 also includes a hidden PDA featuring e-mails from many of the actual folks who worked on the game, thanking their friends, family and even you, the player.
DOOM (2016) doesn’t break the streak. There’s Gulami’s Pizza – seemingly an Italian eatery popular in the UAC with a mascot eerily similar to DOOM (2016)’s creative director, Hugo Martin. There’s also “Demon Destruction” minigame – a Bejeweled-like gem-swapper hidden in Olivia Pearce’s office – features a High Score screen brimming with references to current and past id employees.