DOOM by the Numbers #2 – Still Going Strong

  • Aug 05, 2019
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  • By: Joe Rybicki

If we wanted to paint a picture of the DOOM franchise by the numbers, we could talk about aggregate review scores, number of best-of list appearances or awards won, but we think these statistics make for far more interesting trivia (and do a lot more than just pat ourselves on the back.)


Where were you 27 years ago? The year was 1992. The Cartoon Network had just launched. Notorious crime boss John Gotti had just been sentenced to life in prison. Gasoline cost an average of $1.05 a gallon. Meanwhile, a studio full of iconoclastic developers had just released the game that would go on to be recognized as the first “first-person shooter” as we know it.

The studio was id Software and that game was Wolfenstein 3D. The release date of Wolfenstein 3D – May 5, 1992 – is significant because it marked the beginning of id’s legacy of creating fun fast-paced first-person shooters, a legacy that continues today.

That makes id the longest-running developer of first-person shooters in history – a fact recognized in 2016 with an official Guinness World Record.

The studio also holds Guinness-recognized records for the longest-running FPS franchise (Wolfenstein) and the longest-running e-sports tournament (QuakeCon). id and DOOM have earned numerous accolades over the years, but organizations like Guinness would never have taken notice without the incredible support of our fans. The fans’ passion, creativity and support are the awards we take most pride in.