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how old were you when you started playing DOOM?

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Young enough I physically do not remember. I was born the same year as Doom was released, and I remember it being a part of my life for as long as I have lived, but I absolutely cannot remember when I started playing. Maybe my parents remember...

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1 minute ago, SaladBadger said:

I was born the same year as Doom was released,

 

This thread is really showing that there are a lot of people who are 'next gen' Doom players. That is an excellent thing!

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I think I first played when I was about 6 years old. At first, I was watching my cousin play before I started playing.

 

I distinctly remember dodging shots by backpedalling and turning to the side because I didn't know how to strafe.

 

But then I had a loooong break and came back to doom in like 2013 or so.

 

Also, I played Duke Nukem 3D before Doom, since my uncle had it on his PC and I used to play the shareware episode everytime our family would visit.

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10 hours ago, Steve D said:

September, 1995. The Ancient Doomer was . . . 

37 years old.

being in your 60s isn't that old!

 

I wonder if there are like 80 year old doomers out there who still love to rip apart demon carcasses. I could see my grandmother do that, actually. XD

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1 minute ago, LiT_gam3r said:

I could see my grandmother do that, actually

 

Haha - my mother in law can barely send a text! That's a weird mental image - my mother in law fragging a cyberdemon with a BFG...

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22 hours ago, smeghammer said:

 

Just looked at my old CDs - the only rated one is Final Doom (15, UK). Doom TFC and Doom2 are not flagged with a rating, though some of my old magazine CD WAD collections are also rated 15.

Well, the ESRB was only founded in September 1994, only months before Doom 2 came out.  It's been rated post-release so that it can continue to be sold in retailers that require a rating, but technically the process is and always has been completely optional by law.

 

I was born in '91, and played probably around age 5 or so on a Win95 computer of some sort... my parents are both engineers (software and electrical) so we usually had decent home computers, but I couldn't tell you any specs.  One of my earliest gaming memories is watching my dad fall into the poison pit at the end of Tricks and Traps and accidentally save over his file instead of reload, which erased all of his progress.  Good stuff.

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I was around... uhm...3 or 4 short after the release of Doom1.

I was used to games like Commander Keen and Lemmings, but Doom with its cinematic graphics (for that time ofc) scared the shit out of me. So i not really played it, only camping at the spawn in E1M1 and shooting senseless the guns.

Some time later i start real playing, with cheats ofc and without sound.

Same goes later with Doom 2. My cousin had a savegame in it at the end of map12. When i got the game, i loaded the save and finished the map.

When map13 was loaded and i saw for the first time the revenant i was so scared that i just ended the game and hadn't touched it for a while.

I think with 10 or maybe 12 i finished for the first time Doom 1.

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I had 4 years old when i first played the shareware in 1993, next year Dad upgrade the PC and the guy who come to make the upgrade (changing the motherboard, adding a larger Hard Disck, installing a new version of Windows, etc.) looked how i loved to play the shareware over and over so he installed Doom 1 v1.2 in my PC as a gift. Then i purchase a magazine that come with a neat book with a walkthorught for all the maps of Doom 1 & 2 and i upgrade my version of Doom 1 to v1.666.
I played that version of Doom 1 for a long time, and i always dreamed about purchasing those amazing boxes of Doom 2 and Final Doom i saw on Wal-Mart, but they were really expensive, and the last upgrade we made to the PC (with windows 95!!!) around 1996 just made it a pentium 1, so it can't run much newer games.
Last upgrade i made myself to that old PC made it a pentium 1.33 with just 8gb of HD and 128 mb of RAM.

Then that poor PC broke, but i could salvage some of the programs on the HD, Doom 1 being one of those. Descent was also there, but was the shareware... and playing that with just keyboard was... UFFFF!!!! Difficult, i might say.


Then using the resources i had from that old PC, around 2001 i made it a pentium 1.66 with 256 mb of RAM, i was in highschool and i met a guy who had an amazing PC that could run Half-Life really fast, and he get surprised of how good i was playing Half-Life when it was my first time. I tell him that i played Doom a lot, and he give me Doom 2 in like 14 floppy disks he didn't played it anymore. I ran to my house and installed it. I didn't sleep at all that weekend.
Next year i bought a second hand old PC that had the motherboard burned, but the HD intact, so i connected it an i found that i had Final Doom and Ultimate Doom, but i was on a craze of RPG, and i recently purchased a Playstation, so apart from save them to my PC, i didn't play them much. i ended them, yes, but I IDDQDIDKFA them.

Around 2005, now a 16 years little fella, i bought a new PC, pentium 4, with Windows XP i think, i don't remember right now, and for the first time, i had connection to Internet in my own house, so aside from jerking off with porn almost all the time, i tracked my copies of Ultimate Doom, Doom 2 and Final Doom, i replayed them, and i loved them again. All that on Legacy.
Around 2008 i downloaded ZDoom 2.2, i think, and i started playing pwads for the first time, and i spent all my free time playing.

 

Now, 2020 and in the middle of a pandemic apocalypse, i play my Doom on DoomRetro ;)

 

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15.

I played Knee Deep in the Dead (shareware v. 1.2) on our 486 back in 1994.

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It was the SNES release, I got it the day it released in 1995, so, I was 12.  We got a Windows 95 PC with Ultimate Doom a couple of years later.  But I never played Doom II until it came out with the Doom 3 Collectors Edition on the original Xbox.

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Seeing all the people in this microcosm alone who were born in the early 90’s/Late 80’s and first played as a youngster makes me feel like part of some large unspoken family. In fact, there were most certainly an army of Doom kids all around the globe.. What an influential game.

 

6 hours ago, LiT_gam3r said:

I wonder if there are like 80 year old doomers out there who still love to rip apart demon carcasses. I could see my grandmother do that, actually. XD

Sadly Ty didn’t get to make it there, and the word on the street is that Fodders and GreyGhost are no longer with us either (really hope that’s not the case) but if those guys had made 80, this would definitely have been them! Such legends!

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8 minutes ago, Doomkid said:

Seeing all the people in this microcosm alone who were born in the early 90’s/Late 80’s and first played as a youngster makes me feel like part of some large unspoken family. In fact, there were most certainly an army of Doom kids all around the globe.. What an influential game.

I was born in 83.  My dad even got into Doom on the Playstation 1 (he is 60 now).  I showed him Doom Eternal a couple of weeks ago and he thought it was badass but sadly can't play games anymore due to poor eyesight.

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6 hours ago, Mitchfork said:

Well, the ESRB was only founded in September 1994, only months before Doom 2 came out.  It's been rated post-release so that it can continue to be sold in retailers that require a rating, but technically the process is and always has been completely optional by law.

 

I was born in '91, and played probably around age 5 or so on a Win95 computer of some sort... my parents are both engineers (software and electrical) so we usually had decent home computers, but I couldn't tell you any specs.  One of my earliest gaming memories is watching my dad fall into the poison pit at the end of Tricks and Traps and accidentally save over his file instead of reload, which erased all of his progress.  Good stuff.

In the US, Doom II was rated using an entirely different system called RSAC that had 1-5 ratings across different categories of content. I think one of the reasons it died out was because the use of numbers and more numbers = more edge, led to RSAC ratings meant to be punitive being used as a marketing gimmick. Rise of the Triad bragged about getting the 5 violence rating for "wanton and gratuitous violence" (Doom got a 4 for boring old "blood and gore") in promotions.

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I was 14. I think I first played the Shareware version of Doom in February or March of 1994 and bought the full game not long after in April or May.

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7 hours ago, Woolie Wool said:

Rise of the Triad bragged about getting the 5 violence rating for "wanton and gratuitous violence" (Doom got a 4 for boring old "blood and gore") in promotions.

 

I can understand the 5 for ROTT.

 

I feel like there was more blood and gore in ROTT than in Doom. There was more gibbing (such as the eyeball and the middle finger that would occasionally fly by). You had the rotating blade traps that contributed to the gibs and blood flying everywhere. There were soldiers that would drop to their knees and beg you not to kill them (yes, if you didn't they would get back up and attack you again). Many of the enemies were actual humans (they may have been cultists, but they were still living human beings, as opposed to being zombies or demonic beings). Yeah, I can understand the 5.

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Probably 4, as my Dad was pretty into computers and gaming back in the early 90s and I'd have seen Doom and other games of the era around the time they came out. I played almost exclusively with IDDQD in the 90s, as I liked killing the monsters and wanted there to be a lot of kill, so stuck to Ultra-Violence.

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1 hour ago, Pegleg said:

I feel like there was more blood and gore in ROTT than in Doom

ROTT also had those weird bouncy platforms IIRC. They were very strange in a 3D shooter. Those things only really made sense in Q3A.

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I've said this before, but I was 11 years old when Doom came out, which is scientifically proven to be the perfect age to properly absorb the game.  It was the most utterly cool thing in the world as far as I was concerned

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On 6/18/2020 at 7:06 PM, smeghammer said:

I'm 51. Started in early my 20's when it first came out... Probably many more who first played as teenager/early twenties who are now fifty-something :-)

This. I'm 55 and first saw doom at (then) workplace when the boss was trying it out after hours in 1994; didn't even have sound cards in the machines back then :) I was 29 at the time.

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Uh, 4 or 5 I think?  It was a couple years after Doom was released (1995).

The game was bundled with a shareware disk that came with my new PC at the time (along with Rise of the Triad). One thing I remember back in the day is that I don't have music since I didn't know how to configure and I think I am missing some other stuff. Still can remember the bleepy bloops of the PC Speaker going at it, in fact I let the demo run so much that I can still remember the noises to this day. Strange that I can't find the exact version of the demo these days for some reason.

Interestingly this is the time when we have play buttons on CD drives so I still have quite the memories of playing ROTT with Kenny G music playing in the background. Not sure why I didn't do the same with Doom though.

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That must have been around 1994 and thus me innocent 12 when I first played the shareware version from a magazine's cover discs, if I recall correctly. It ran very slow, but damn was it something special.

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18 hours ago, LiT_gam3r said:

being in your 60s isn't that old!

 

I wonder if there are like 80 year old doomers out there who still love to rip apart demon carcasses. I could see my grandmother do that, actually. XD

 

I am suprised that I seem to be one of the youngest members here. I will turn 30 on 28th August.

 

I started played Doom, Doom 2, Heretic,  Hexen, Duke Nukem 3D (all of these fps games) in the year of 1998. 

 

But since I was only 8. All I was doing was cheating back then.

 

IDDQD and IDKFA for Doom

Rambo for Heretic (I didnt know "Quicken" back then, by the way)

DNKROZ and DNSTUFF for Duke Nukem 3D

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I used to cheat a lot too like many people here lol.

9 minutes ago, Can't play on Nightmare said:

I am suprised that I seem to be one of the youngest members here. I will turn 30 on 28th August.

Read the OP and the other posts, there are people younger than you, Some are older too.

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