Yes, we know, all DOOM moments are unforgettable. But some are more unforgettable than others. Here are five of our favorites:
2. Your First Deathmatch
If you were around for the dawn of the PC gaming age, you already know how revolutionary the original DOOM’s multiplayer was. But if you weren’t, please allow us to explain.
See, in ancient times, the internet as we know it essentially didn’t exist. There were connections between universities and laboratories, sure, and a few lucky souls could access these from home. There were independent bulletin board systems, and but a small handful of commercial services that could allow small groups of people to interact simultaneously. The always-ready, always-online internet we have today was a pipe dream and with it the kind of online multiplayer we now take for granted.
So, when this gruesome, awesome game appeared with this brand-new multiplayer feature called “Deathmatch” built right in, it was like a gateway opening to a whole new universe. And it was made even more special by the fact that at first, it was practically a hidden feature. Initially, launching a game against another player required employing extensive command-line modifiers in DOS (e.g., “>SERSETUP.EXE -dial 555-1212 -com1 -irq 1” etc.), and it wasn’t until later releases of the game that anything approaching a user-friendly interface was included.
But once you made that connection, howling modems and all, you entered a new age, where enemies were not lines of code but actual people: just as cunning as you, and just as ruthless. From this point on, gaming would never be the same.