So I get home on Thursday night and see that Steam has the latest and greatest Doom on sale for $20. Now there’s no way in heck that I’m going to be paying $60 for a Doom game but… well…
A question for those of us who are a certain age: Remember the 90’s? Remember going to the computer lab and the first time you saw Doom?
Golly, I sure do. I now know that it was the first couple of minutes of the first level and in those minutes, I saw exactly what the game was going for. First Person Shooting. Open levels. Tons of monsters. Tons of environmental hazards. I totally thought “OH MY GOSH I NEED TO PLAY THAT GAME WHAT IN THE HECK IS IT CALLED”.
(I now know that Wolfenstein 3D came out a year previously but that one never really made it into the computer lab at the college.)
Playing it at home for the first time was an absolute trip as well. Holy cow, how many types of weapons *ARE* there? Holy cow, barrels blow up? Holy cow! That thing just jumped out! Holy cow! I wish this game had a jump button! I’m sure that those of you who are a certain age also remember those same things. Well, a handful of folks in my private life have told me that the latest and greatest Doom video game has up and recreated that “Holy cow!” sensation and made first person shooters *FUN* again.
So, on Thursday night, I saw that Doom was on sale. For under $20. I started the download and had visions of playing it on Friday night and having a bit of a review ready on Saturday morning.
Anyway, it’s still downloading. I have to go and take the car for an oil change.
I’ll review it next week.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))