Did You Know? – Name that Sound!

  • Sept 18, 2019
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  • By: Joe Rybicki
Did You Know? – Name that Sound!

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!


The sound of a dying Imp in DOOM (1993) and DOOM II comes from a camel’s mating call.

In the early days of computer gaming, the industry was…different. For one thing, games didn’t typically have teams of hundreds and multimillion-dollar budgets, so pretty much every game was roughly equivalent to what would many would call an indie game today.

Much like today’s indie developers, however, studios of the time would often turn to off-the-shelf assets to help keep time, money and manpower costs down. Of course, they didn’t have ready-made engine frameworks like Unity back then, but they did have things like sound effect libraries.

Enter Sound Ideas, a Canadian company established in 1978 that specializes in assembling a ridiculously large library of sound effects for use in films, TV, music and yes, videogames. For a relatively reasonable one-time fee, a studio can purchase a collection of effects and use them to their hearts’ content. That’s why you’ll occasionally recognize DOOM sounds used elsewhere in TV, movies and even music.

Of course, it’s up to the studio to use those sounds creatively and the DOOM team thought outside the box for the vocalizations of their fictional baddies. Hence, an Imp having a really bad time is actually the sound of a camel looking to have a really good one.

Think we’re pulling your leg? Listen for yourself. Just maybe grab some headphones first if you’re at work to save yourself any awkward conversations.