Professor Sir said:
As mentioned above, what is your darkest moment of Doom? It doesn't necessarily have to be a death, but it could be.
Probably my most shameful moment is when I was playing multi-player on Dues Vult II. We were blazing through Crow's Nest, when I got side-tracked by something non-computerific. I had survived all those projectiles, only to be killed by ONE FRICKIN IMP. It still haunts me to this day.
Having just knocked out Doomdude of DWANGO renown I was in the second round of Deathmatch 95, hosted at the Microsoft campus. Spawning in the BFG corner of Map01 I charged for the connecting hallway to find it empty. When this happens, I usually immediately fire a backwards BFG "safety shot" - guarding against the eventuality of being blind-sided by a simultaneous player-spawn on the chainsaw ledge. As we, starting this round, had just swapped from DOS-Doom to Windows 95 Doom (never before seen or played by any of the contestants), I noticed my pixel-perfect timing was now off and for a split second I started to doubt my inbound trajectory to the top-of-the-steps corner, where the BFG ball connects to, triggering the lethal array of radiation rays. Sure enough, my opponent was showing no such hesitation, and flying around said corner he got the game's first frag with the usually much less successful counter-move of charging up the stairs with the 2nd BFG in hand. My invulnerability sphere was thus broken, and my game collapsed. I forget my opponent's nickname, but he was knocked out in the next round, on the way towards the Thresh vs. Merlock final...
Btw, Thresh was extremely fast at adapting to the new (admittedly inferior) Doom, and during the warmup to the final, he was already doing series of perfect rocket-180s, something I even struggled to do do in good old DOS Doom. I think I might have ran a tight game against seeded favorite Merlock, if it had ever come to that...
I'll never forget the horrible wobbly hesitation on that corner though, as silky smooth Doom gave way to Win95 emulation syrup, and the nightmarish second that followed, as I realized I was about to lose the match momentum to the cheapest BFG rush available on Map01...