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Lila Feuer

First Doom fan site(s) you ever found?

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Doomworld. Seriously. Was too young for Usenet and didn't use the Internet much at all until the early 2000s or so.

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gamers.org was the earliest one I can remember from 2004. There I found the screenshots of registered Doom, Doom 2 and Heretic, automap images and walkthroughs. Also found out Strife in 2006 for the first time, thinking it was Dark Forces after a long forgotten time.

Downloaded my first usermap, bak2frnt.wad in 2005/06(?) from http://www.elvenminstrel.com/games/doom.htm.

Looked at random pics and walkthrough of Final Doom in 2006 from Doom Wiki and classicdoom.com

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A site in spanish called Arcades3D which was about classic FPS games incluiding Doom. Actually I browsed some other fan sites in the 90's but I barely remember those.

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Most likely Doom Wad Station. I kept coming back to it a lot late 90s/early 00s and got exposed to some mods for the first time through that site. I think there might be other smaller sites I went to, but I can't really remember them anymore.

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I am a youngin' (I think I really started using the internet around the mid-2000s, probably played Doom 3 before or around that time) so

36 minutes ago, Bashe said:

Doom Wad Station

yeah. I also remember there was some site that let you download MP3s of the Doom soundtracks, similar to Doom Depot's music section, but it had a lighter, blander color scheme.

 

Speaking of the general fandom, around when YouTube first came out the Doom videos came rolling in. I remember watching a video on the Doom ports, like those by MN12BIRD (yeah, remember him? one of the OGs of YouTube, started becoming more active again recently). There was also a video on the Doom PS1 port, and finding out that one of my favorite games got a different, darker take fascinated me and I always wanted to play it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcc82YTHf4s He also stated that the music was "boring," and going back to it now that was absolute blasphemy. Thankfully we got the Doom PS1 TC later on, I think I first played it around 2012 and I was so excited to play it. I also remember there was this absolutely bizarre video that mashed up footage of E1M1 with Gir's "Doom song" from Invader Zim. I can't find the original, but it certainly existed.

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Don't remember, but I remember it had MIDIs playing in the background, animated GIFs of the enemies, and all the charm of those mid-90s websites, right down to the fire GIF.

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in chronological order:

- Doom Shack

- NewDoom
- Doomworld

- Doom Wad Station
- WADs In Progress
- ZDoom Forums

- DRD Team Forums

- BRDoom

- ZDaemon

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Visions of Doom

 

Not sure exactly how I came across it. I think I was trying to find a site with sad reviews to figure out what the “best” wads were and that popped up. Got me to try out Memento Mori, and the rest is history.

 

So, y’know, thanks Andy

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DoomGate and MrDoom (still preserved in all its glory, albeit with an odd address), assuming you don't regard the CompuServe Action Games Forum as a fan site.

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Probably Dr. Sleep's or something? I don't remember... but I do recall visiting Doomworld when it first launched.

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DoomGate then Doomnation (?) then Doomworld and a bunch of random Geocities Doom sites (I kind of miss those).

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My dad was an early adopter of the internet and as a young kid I benefited from that. Some of the sites I remember visiting as a child in the late 90’s:

 

http://web.archive.org/web/19990117030301/http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/8173/DooM.htm

 

http://web.archive.org/web/19981205183628/http://mars.execulink.com/~ielapi/doom2.htm

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20060220072254/http://www.linux.sh/doom.shtml (Linux.sh only went down about a year ago, lasted quite a while..)

 

 http://web.archive.org/web/20090314170249/http://olddoom.com/home (this one was up til about 2014)

 

http://w3.teaser.fr/~amajorel/yadex/ (the Yadex site only just went down within the last 6 months or so, use the way back machine to see it. I remember browsing this and it leading me to toasty tech!)

 

www.toastytech.com - where I really started to get fascinated by the Doom alphas.

 

http://web.archive.org/web/19961231224338/http://128.164.160.37/~doom-hq/wadofweek/wadofwe.html (this was the WadAuthor site, the first editor I truly understood and made proper maps with)

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20040405201409/http://www.codeimp.com/connector_info.php (my introduction to playing cooperative and deathmatch online, which I still do to this day using Doom Explorer)

 

Before I started mapping, there was this animated Doom gif website, at the top it said “Grab the shotgun and frag ‘em all!”. I’d use images of the monsters to represent them in maps I designed in MS paint. It was the top result when you searched “Doom gif” for many years. Now I can’t find the site, I’d love to have it archived..

 

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Yeah, I remember using MJ Doom Page when I was 6-8 years old. How I found Icarus and Memento Mori as my first megawads, and all those old school TCs. 

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3 hours ago, Doomkid said:

My dad was an early adopter of the internet and as a young kid I benefited from that. Some of the sites I remember visiting as a child in the late 90’s:

 

Wow that was a trip down memory lane. The Internet was such a different beast back then. I remember going to the school computer lab and loading up floppies with whatever wads I could get my hands on because I didn't have the Internet at home until around '98.

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9 hours ago, drygnfyre said:

Doomworld. Seriously. Was too young for Usenet and didn't use the Internet much at all until the early 2000s or so.

Same. I didn't start using a computer at home until about '99 or so but i was still fairly young then (9 yrs old) and couldn't really play violent games (although i had some on console so it made no sense). My family had gotten an old PC from my uncle, i think it was a Pentium (a Hewlett Packard w/Win 95). After a couple of years with that PC, my parents bought a new PC: a brand spankin' new Gateway w/Pentium 4 and it came with...Windows ME.

 

It seemed to work fine for me though as i used it to play Midtown Madness and the first Sims game a lot, as well as a few others but i don't remember playing Doom on PC until a little after the Doom 3 era so i'm sure Doomworld was my first site.

 

3 hours ago, Doomkid said:

My dad was an early adopter of the internet and as a young kid I benefited from that. Some of the sites I remember visiting as a child in the late 90’s:

 

http://w3.teaser.fr/~amajorel/yadex/ (the Yadex site only just went down within the last 6 months or so, use the way back machine to see it. I remember browsing this and it leading me to toasty tech!)

 

www.toastytech.com - where I really started to get fascinated by the Doom alphas.

 

 

That's so cool! My dad was working a lot and really had no technical knowledge about PC's & my mom stayed at home to take care of my sister and i (kinda old fashioned) so my family didn't have a PC until the later 90's. Also i found that Toasty Tech website a few years ago randomly. It's pretty neat. I dig how it still looks "retro".

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The first site I found was http://classicdoom.com/. At the time I was only playing the console versions and I looked for a way to find some secret exits (especially the one for PSX Fortress of mystery, that is different for the SNES version). I found guides, automaps and passwords for all versions of the game, plus the fact that PC Doom has more levels.

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Planet of the Imps

Wasn't a Doom fan site but a web comic, however I do remember joining the forums and talking about Doom and other games.

This was ~2000-2002

 

First actual Doom fan site would either be Planet Doom or doomworld.

Edited by wheresthebeef

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I don't remember very well, but I'm sure a bit after playing DooM (On Newgrounds iirc?) I discovered too pages.

One was called uacbase.cl or uacchile.cl, I don't remember exactly, but it talked about mainly DooM and Quake, a bit of RAGE I think.

Then there was a Doomworld page, something like the Page of DooM?

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59 minutes ago, Lila Feuer said:

Oh yeah, in addition to the Doom WAD Station, I used to get a lot of my PWADs from Sir Robin's Doom Castle: https://www.doomworld.com/sir_robin/castle/index.html

Bravely bold Sir Robin rode out from Camelot.

He was not afraid to die, oh brave Sir Robin...

 

I'm sorry, but I'm amused by the irony.

 

On another note, on the topic of ports: I do remember playing Doom 95 for awhile, then eventually finding WinMBF. From there I stumbled onto either Legacy or JDoom (can't remember what in what order) before I found ZDoom. I've generally stuck with ZDoom (and when it came around, GZDoom) ever since.

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