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Usenet: First Usage of the Term "DOOM Slayer"!

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Yeah, they apparently had lots of problems with the DMX library, at least in early versions. Romero in particular posted some pretty disparaging things about the author of the library on Usenet - clearly they weren't very satisfied with it. Some of the bugs were never fixed, such as the GUS instrument mappings bug.

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11 minutes ago, fraggle said:

Yeah, they apparently had lots of problems with the DMX library, at least in early versions. Romero in particular posted some pretty disparaging things about the author of the library on Usenet - 

 

I assume that Paul Radek rewrote his own code for v1.2? Or did the other id guys do that? I can't find any more info about that.

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As far as I know, I think the id guys just used prebuilt versions of DMX provided by Radek. It would have been bugfixes rather than any kind of rewrite.

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fraggle, this might be a good opportunity to ask you this question regarding sound since I am coincidentally trying to fix this issue at the moment, and I couldn't find any info on the Chocolate Doom wiki:

 

I'm using the Native MIDI option, and I have CoolSoft VirtualMIDI Synth installed, but CD seems to be ignoring it and using some other midi soundfont. I've used the CoolSoft midi mapping feature to assign the Arachno soundfont for my system...both Vanilla DOOM on DOSBOX and DOOMRetro play using that soundfont, but no luck with Chocolate.

 

Any ideas?

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Female Doom Slayer: being requested for 25 years and counting.

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Also, as a side note, it seems people were having a LOT of trouble getting the sound to work, both sfx and music. I noticed a lot of complaints about GUS compatibility. I wonder, is this the reason - or one of the reasons - that the sound code was completely re-written for v1.2 in February of '94?

 

This is going back too far to remember specifics but for at least my first 2-3 years with Doom I was playing with either no sounds, no music, or both, depending on the machine. For at least a year I played using PC speaker sounds, I can still hear them easily in my memory. The most bizarre situation I ever came across was a computer my dad had brought home from his workplace which managed to play all the MIDI music back in a kind of odd, stuttering way (can't recall if it was OPL or GenMidi or what OS the machine was running) but simply refused to play anything but PC speaker sounds for the SFX, every other option was a no-go. The point of this little anecdote is that I'm not at all surprised to hear sound was a big issue for many players at the time, since it was as late as 1998 that my dad, brother and I finally experienced Doom with full audio fidelity. I assume it's because computers were simply expanding hardware/driver compatibility and whatever else pretty roundly at the time, but from Win98 on I never had any sound troubles with Doom.

 

Back to the point, John Miller was a visionary and should be credited as such!

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29 minutes ago, Jon said:

Female Doom Slayer: being requested for 25 years and counting.

 

Well I mean R63 exists in today's internet so it was pretty much entirely guaranteed that it would happen eventually:

 

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5 hours ago, Jimmy said:

 

Well I mean R63 exists in today's internet so it was pretty much entirely guaranteed that it would happen eventually:

 

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I'll take her BFG if ya know what I mean (I'm very sorry).

 

To be serious though, I honestly wouldn't mind a female Doom Slayer. She would basically be Samus Aran but twice as badass.

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Incredible to learn that we still have traceable records of the reception the game received even a day and a half after it came out, almost 25 years ago (!!).

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