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Earliest Doom memories and impressions?

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Back in 1995, my family got our first computer. Included were shareware discs, one had Doom on the cover, and the other is Rise of the Triad. (the discs were labeled Zodiac or something, it had a short video of asteroids banging into each other)

 

Our Pentium PC did come with a soundcard, but for some reason I never could configure the music and SFX to run right, so I was stuck hearing PC speaker noises to the point that I could remember the beeps and boops as the game runs the demos. I can even remember how the action goes, and because of that I could pinpoint the version on the disc as v1.666 these days. Playing the game back then as a kid scared me, I remember reaching the end of E1M3 on HMP and not proceeding any further.

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'Sitting on dad's lap in the 90's when I was 4 yrs old, showed me how to boot up the IBM machine and launch Doom2.  'Taught me iddqd:  I would just vibe through the levels and do a whole playthrough every other day for a while.

I remember Suburbs as the spooky-scary map; Chasm as that cool map that I loved which everyone will totally like years from now.

 

There was also this shovelware disc called "Demon Gate", which i swear had this holy-grail of a "MyHouse" map on it, but I've never been able to find it since.

 

I could get into other memories but I'll go with this one cuz it's cute.

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Hey you, yeah you. I came to ask you what is your earliest Doom Experience was. Is it on a good'ol dos computer in 93, Or maybe in this year here 2021. If you're wondering, I'm an ultimate zoomer so my earliest doom experience is actually playing doom 2016 near the end of 2020. Yeah yeah, a 12 year old zoomer plays doom but what can I say its a treasure trove of fun. Oh well I've been making this alot about me so now you can tell me how you first experienced doom. I can't wait to here your stories and stuff.

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47 minutes ago, NoisyVelvet said:

'Sitting on dad's lap in the 90's when I was 4 yrs old, showed me how to boot up the IBM machine and launch Doom2.  'Taught me iddqd:  I would just vibe through the levels and do a whole playthrough every other day for a while.

I remember Suburbs as the spooky-scary map; Chasm as that cool map that I loved which everyone will totally like years from now.

 

There was also this shovelware disc called "Demon Gate", which i swear had this holy-grail of a "MyHouse" map on it, but I've never been able to find it since.

 

I could get into other memories but I'll go with this one cuz it's cute.

crosspost from a similar thread.  Not sure if there's a big enough distinction between "early impressions of" and "first" doom experiences but here ya go.

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7 hours ago, Hellbent said:

Yes!! There was something about that Soul Sphere taunting you that was so captivating. Was a long time before I figured it out, though (which made it all the more awesome when I got it).

 

@RaguThere were disagreements among the game's designers about the direction the game should go. What you describe would likely be Tom Hall's influence--but he lost out to the more abstract take on the game that the team leaders pushed for that we know today. Masters of Doom is an excellent book that details the fascinating story behind the making of Doom.

 

Yeah, I know about Tom Hall and the Doom Bible and all that now. Obviously it didn't stop me from enjoying the game, though I do also remember when source ports starting coming around and Doom Legacy had bullet hole, blood, and scorchmark wall decals, I was like FINALLY. Now I'm back to playing on the software renderer in dsda-doom so I guess that stuff didn't wind up being all that important to me in the end?

 

I do enjoy a good GZDoom gore mod once in a while, though. As a treat.

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Back when Doom 3 came out, I was quite insecure about myself and felt like downplaying its strengths and making fun of its commonly-criticized aspects. At the same time, I suddenly felt the urge to check out the original Doom and see how different it was from its (at the time) latest incarnation. For whatever reason, I did not think of getting the shareware and instead I went with the SNES port. I remember enjoying it and also weirdly making up some head canon as I was playing, i.e. you being the last survivor of some alien sickness that drove everyone else either mad or made them mutate; I think it was because of the way Doomguy's face looks like when he is injured and also because I was on E1M3 and "Dark Halls" was playing.

 

I do not remember getting to the end of SNES Doom nor when I actually purchased Doom on PC, however. Heck, I could not even tell you when I became a die-hard fan of Classic Doom. I do recall seeing the Final Doom box on a shelf at Staples. In hindsight, I wish I had purchased it or asked someone to purchase it for me...

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It was around 98 when I got Depths of Doom Trilogy. Still Windows 95, pentium II probably.

I miss that giant box, got lost through all these years, still have the cds and the manual though.

 

Spoiler

DoomTrilogy_Awers.jpg

 

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My first experience with Doom was the SNES port of Doom in July of 2020. Was looking at snes games to emulate and when I saw there was a fucking SNES port I had to try it. Quickly beat it even on nightmare (which does not have respawning monsters) and soon after I acquired the wads for Doom and Doom 2. SNES doom is a funky port but i think it is good for what it is and for me SNES Doom's version of the midis are the original for me.

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Being scared to death of PSX Doom once I discovered my "newfangled" PS2 had backwards compatibility with the PS1 disc we had lying around.

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Playing it through a Nintendo DS homebrew port early last year at <20FPS.

 

Peak Dooming right there.

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11 hours ago, Senor Cacodemon said:

Is it on a good'ol dos computer in 93,


It was more like run c:\doom2 if I'm recalling it right. And on Windows ME too.

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Playing Doom II on my Uncle's PC back in 1995. It hadn't been long before that I had been playing Blake Stone. Even that game blew my mind as I was like, 6 at the time. The jump then to Doom? Holy crap!

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The earliest Doom experience I can remember was my Dad telling me stories when I was younger about how he modded Doom 3 to make zombies respawn if you didn't gib their corpses, and how he scared the crap out of my uncle by not telling him about it so when they played he got jump scared by a zombie coming up behind him.

 

Then, a few years ago, my dad and I were in a hotel room on vacation, and he booted up Doom 2016 on his laptop to show it to me, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I remember telling him that I wanted to play it, and he told me that he wouldn't allow me to play it unless I played the rest of the games in order, because he wanted me to experience the games that he enjoyed from back in the day (for reference, my dad was born in 1962 and was kind of a computer geek).

 

Finally, around mid to late 2019, my dad gifted me Doom 3: BFG Edition on Steam, and I played through Doom, Doom 2, Doom 3 and Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil. Then, for Hanukkah that year, he gifted me Doom 2016 and preordered me the deluxe edition of Doom Eternal. I played through Doom 2016, and enjoyed it immensely. Then when Doom Eternal came out I played through it, and it quickly became my favorite game of all time. I was extremely hyped for The Ancient Gods Part 1 and The Ancient Gods Part 2, and also enjoyed those. For my 19th birthday (summer 2021) my dad gifted me Final Doom, because I had realized I had missed it somehow, and had added it to my Steam wish list.

 

Not only have the Doom games given me many hours of fun, but also sparked lots of enjoyable conversations with my dad. When I played through Doom and Doom 2 for the first time, I remember every time I would encounter a new enemy or pick up a gun for the first time, I would run into the other room to tell my dad about it, and we would just talk about the games for a while before I would go back to my computer to continue playing. And when I played Doom Eternal for the first time I would tell my dad (who hadn't played Doom Eternal yet) about the lore I was discovering, and we would talk and speculate about things in the "Doomverse".

 

I have to say, I'm glad my dad made me play the games in order, because finding out that the Doom Slayer is the same person as Doomguy from the classic games wouldn't have had the same impact, and I wouldn't have appreciated the more recent games as much if I hadn't played the classics. I also probably would have never bothered to go back and play the classics if my dad hadn't forced me to, and then I would have missed out on the incredible modding and mapping community that has grown and thrived over the past ~30 years.

 

I know that was a little more that just my first experience with Doom, but I got excited about sharing my experience and went a little overboard.

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The time was April 1997. Basically, it was at the house of a friend who was kind of rich in a rather poor area. I can't remember if I bummed the shareware disc off of him or what, or what initially hooked me, but I do know the pick-up-and-play feel got me to play through the shareware episode, though it was on ITYTD. Despite being obviously uglier than Turok, it was just more visually vibrant. Thank god Sandy never made the sharware episode ;P)

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I first played doom in December 1993. Was hooked from the first go. 
 

In June 1995 I had shareware doom V1.666 on my first computer. August 1995 had doom on my Sega 32x, Cool game. In September I had the ultimate Doom & Doom2. At Christmas 1996 I had Final Doom. In August 2011 played Doom & Doom2 on my Nintendo DS. 
 

Doom, Doom2 & Final Doom rule. @Doomlover77

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Apparently, (according to my mother) when I was a little baby I used to find Doom 'calming'. My mom would bring me down to my dad's office in the basement - and he would sit me in my little 'rocking baby chair' thing - and he would just play Doom1/2 + Wolf3D, w/ me watching - he's still a big id fan, plays a lot of Brutal Doom on the easiest difficulty...

 

I obviously have no memory of this, being an infant, but yeah apparently Doom used to calm me down when I was upset as an infant/toddler. Still has a similar effect, to a certain extent, haha

 

First time I actually 'played' the game was either in 2000/2001, when I was 5/6...

 

So yeah, very first 'experience' would have been back in 1995, but I wouldn't play until I was barely in grade 2.

 

I've been horribly addicted ever since.

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Played it on our brand new Pentium 75 mhz with 8 MB of ram in like 1993? I just remember my uncle brought it over on like 20 diskettes 

 

It scared the shit out of me as an 8 year old, I had to play with IDDQD on. It felt like I was seeing stuff I shouldn't have been seeing, like the flesh walls moving and the demon faces littered all over.

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It all started when I first played the SNES DOOM on a SNES Emulator (Yes, I'm emulating Nintendo games) at the summer of 2019. Later, I decided around October or November to move on to the DOS DOOM and this is when I first beated the game. Good memories

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I started to play in '93-94 with my 386, 2MB of RAM in low def. & PC speakers in college. I made it through the game a couple of times before getting Doom2 when I upgraded my PC with a 486 motherboard & 8MB of RAM...DoomEd was a great shareware even if I lost track of the game when the computer burnt out...

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I already told the story about E2M4, so I'll tell my first experience with Doom 2.

I remember about one year and three months ago, when my only means of playing Doom still was the old shitty Unity port, as I got to Map 18 (The Courtyard). I remember being stunned by the atmosphere by that map, it was magical and actually surreal when monsters infight and you hear Waiting for Romero to Play in the background.

 

I would pay to experience that again, I know that sounds silly but I loved those 25 or so minutes of me strolling through Map 18's quiet, yet so filled with life and eerieness maze and the courtyard. Mr. Petersen really knocked that one out of the park with this map!

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Back in 2018 I decided I wanted to play half-life 1.

Since I wasn't able to get it at the time, my dad gave me his copy of doom and I played the first episode through dosbox. Making it my first singleplayer FPS. (Unless you count this one doom fangame I found on gamejolt.) I then switched to gzdoom for the other 2 episodes. A few months later I played the original release of doom 2 with infinite ammo because I found it too hard. I later beat them on UV about a year later. I later played doom 3, doom 64, and a few months ago doom 2016. I'm hoping to play eternal soon.

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I think my first time playing Doom was around 2011 (I was 9 during that year), so yea, I'm kind of new here.

 

I played it through a Flash game on a CoolMathGames-esque website. It was called the "Doom Triple Pack", which was a port of the shareware versions of Doom, Heretic and Hexen into Adobe Flash. I barely made it far into the levels though; I think I gave up at E1M4, I think? I never got through E1M1 in Heretic, nor MAP01 in Hexen, however. I remember getting scared at E1M3's blue keycard trap, heh.

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Born in 1994, to provide a little bit of context. My earliest Doom memories are being like 4-5 years old and sitting on my grandpa's lap as he played Doom II, he would control movement and I would hit shoot (keyboard only, so basically I just hit the CTRL key).

 

Later on when I was a bit older my family discovered community made wads and downloaded Cleimos II for me to play, so that was the first PWAD I ever played and I loved it. The family also downloaded a Hellraiser total conversion at some point that I remember playing a bit, but much more vaguely.

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