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When Did You First Play DOOM?

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Yes, I know this possibly has been posted a THOUSAND times before, but I wanna get to know everyone! So, When did You Guys first discover DOOM?

I'll start first: I discovered DOOM by just randomly looking at PSX Games on a Emulation site back around... Maybe when I was 7 or 6 (I was born In 1997 after all), I saw a PSXDOOM ISO and researched the game, where I pretty much downloaded the IWAD, got a Source Port, and played, and I've been playing It ever since along with Duke Nukem, Quake, Blood, all those Dos classics.

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I first played Doom when I was 7 years old back in '96 or '97, on an original IBM computer that belonged to my pops. Of course by that time Doom 2, Heretic, and Rise of the Triad were also out, so I enjoyed playing them all. I think the first shooter I ever played was the Beavis and Butthead Meets Wolfenstein mod. Simpson Doom came out somewhere near then as well and I used to love to play that as well.

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Fonze said:

I first played Doom when I was 7 years old back in '96 or '97, on an original IBM computer that belonged to my pops. Of course by that time Doom 2, Heretic, and Rise of the Triad were also out, so I enjoyed playing them all. I think the first shooter I ever played was the Beavis and Butthead Meets Wolfenstein mod. Simpson Doom came out somewhere near then as well and I used to love to play that as well.


Nice! And Yea, I remember playing a bit of DOOM II, just not as much as DOOM 1, though I've been recently playing alot of DOOM II lately, so Yea. As for Wolfenstein, I haven't tried any Mods for It, It sounds Interesting though!

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Enjay said:

Within 24 hours of it being available in December '93. :D


Man, You've been a Doomer way back then, Eh? That's pretty neat! Though, I wasn't born that day sadly. ;n;

Eris Falling said:

~2001, PSX. I was 4


Dang, Glad You made It through that version, It would've scared Me as a Kid (PC DOOM did, but I got used to It after a while).

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scifista42 said:

Allegedly as a 3 years old sitting on my father's knees.

Same here :) Woulda been 1995 most likely.

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Probably late 1993 or early 1994. I remember my dad telling me he downloaded the shareware version from his work place, since we didn't have internet back in the day. He eventually acquired a retail copy (probably from his dad), which I could then play on his Intel 486. My computer at the time (a 286) could barely run Wolfenstein 3D. I would have been 7 or 8 years old.

I didn't own a legitimate copy for myself until about 1995 or 1996, when the CD-ROM versions were available in stores. Doom II came first, then The Ultimate Doom, followed by the Master Levels. I started making my own levels by 1997.

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1993. Shareware. 14K connection on AOL, an eternity and 6 floppy discs later, a new era of gaming began.

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Job said:

1993. Shareware. 14K connection on AOL, an eternity and 6 floppy discs later, a new era of gaming began.



Why 6 floppies? You got it on 5.25" 360 KB disks? O_o

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Maes said:

Why 6 floppies? You got it on 5.25" 360 KB disks? O_o

We were either bad at allocating the files or my memory sucks, heh. If not 6, it was 4 or 5. I honestly can't remember, but I do recall it seeming like a lot at the time.

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I seem to recall that my dad would occasionally bring home demo discs from Apogee Software, Epic Megagames and of course id Software. He installed shareware Doom on our 386SX and it barely ran the game; this was back in 1994. Thankfully, within a year, my dad had acquired a laptop for work which ran Doom beautifully. However, neither computer could play anything other than the PC speaker sounds, so my initial foray into Doom was a quiet one.

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GoatLord said:

I seem to recall that my dad would occasionally bring home demo discs from Apogee Software, Epic Megagames and of course id Software. He installed shareware Doom on our 386SX and it barely ran the game; this was back in 1994. Thankfully, within a year, my dad had acquired a laptop for work which ran Doom beautifully. However, neither computer could play anything other than the PC speaker sounds, so my initial foray into Doom was a quiet one.

When you first played Doom with sound, did the audio match what you imagined it to be after playing it silently?

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Sometime in 2004 (I was 17 at the time) while I was at TAFE during a break I downloaded the roms of GBA Doom 1 and 2 on to my USB flashdrive, and when I got back home I transferred the roms into the emulators rom directory and then I proceeded to play Doom 1.

But if this isn't restricted to Doom 1 then the first actual time I played Doom was Doom 64 on my friends Nintendo 64 while I was at his place in 1997.

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I first played the xbox 360 port of Doom 2 and No rest for the living.

EDIT: That was a couple years ago (2009 - 2010, I think?) Sorry for the misinformation.

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I was one of the original testers of the alpha version when I was an infant.

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2007 or 2008. I was under 10. I could barely figure out how to get to the main menu and I tried to play... the DEMO being shown. I don't think I ever got to the first map. Same thing happened with Quake. In 2012, I actually figured it out, got ZDoom, and I think I only played OBLIGE 4.28 maps until late 2013, in which I discovered OBLIGE V6.

Now I play with GZDoom because software rendering is for n00blets.

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My dad gave me a cd full of shareware versions of various games, including Doom. Apparently it was targeted towards kids because of the boxart (a kid screaming is everything I can remember from the picture), even though it had demos from Blood, Duke 3d, Wolfenstein, etc. Unfortunately I lost that cd, which is a shame because had a lot of great games (Descent and Wacky Wheels were there too).

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I believe the first time I played Doom was around 2003-2004, somewhere around the 10th anniversary, since that was the point where I actually noticed Doom (I had the Keen trilogy and the Wolf 3D shareware as a kid, but by the time I started exploring video games by myself, instead of whatever my dad had, Quake was the new hotness). That was the shareware version; I finally played the full game when I got the Xbox collectors edition of Doom 3.

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Gothic said:

My dad gave me a cd full of shareware versions of various games, including Doom. Apparently it was targeted towards kids because of the boxart (a kid screaming is everything I can remember from the picture), even though it had demos from Blood, Duke 3d, Wolfenstein, etc. Unfortunately I lost that cd, which is a shame because had a lot of great games (Descent and Wacky Wheels were there too).


God, I do not know HOW It would be meant for Kids, specially Blood being In the collection.

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NuclearPotato said:

I believe the first time I played Doom was around 2003-2004, somewhere around the 10th anniversary, since that was the point where I actually noticed Doom (I had the Keen trilogy and the Wolf 3D shareware as a kid, but by the time I started exploring video games by myself, instead of whatever my dad had, Quake was the new hotness). That was the shareware version; I finally played the full game when I got the Xbox collectors edition of Doom 3.


Heh, Pretty good start to play DOOM I suppose, specially that Collector's Edition of DOOM. Wish I could get It, but sadly I can't right now.

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Job said:

When you first played Doom with sound, did the audio match what you imagined it to be after playing it silently?


I didn't have any expectations because I had become so accustomed to the tinny PC speaker noises. Sometimes I still hear the walking-over-a-power-up noise in my head.

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I first played Doom when it was Chex Quest. My mom saw that the box came with a game, thought "Couldn't hurt" (because who ever heard of a good video game coming out of a cereal box?) and brought it home. After reading into the development of Chex Quest and all, my brother and I began playing Doom and almost immediately got into exploring modding. So, since about 1996, which would have been when I was five.

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Captain Ventris said:

I first played Doom when it was Chex Quest. My mom saw that the box came with a game, thought "Couldn't hurt" (because who ever heard of a good video game coming out of a cereal box?) and brought it home. After reading into the development of Chex Quest and all, my brother and I began playing Doom and almost immediately got into exploring modding. So, since about 1996, which would have been when I was five.


Yeah, I've met alot of people who played Chex Quest before DOOM, Anyway, Nice way to find out about DOOM!

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my dad let me play Wolfenstein 3d and commander keen on his desktop his job gave him to use at home, so one day he brought in a magazine that showed off a upcoming DOOM game, so I started following it on bbs and any other means I could (other gaming magazines and stuff)

Asked him to mail order it after the shareware was released that December, and he did. Suprsingly, he didn't touch games too often (just stuff friends had copied for him on occasion), but once that copy arrived in the mail, that pretty much sealed my future into DOOM, computers, networks and gaming. Luckily, his company gave him a shiny new IBM thinkpad 486 laptop just a week after getting the mail order copy, so I didn't have to play it on the 386 desktop anymore. some months later he finally bought me a 486dx2 66mhz Packard bell legend from circuit city since I pretty much sealed myself in the room with his laptop all day. Apparently his company IT team did software scans and found DOOM and he got in trouble, and told me uninstall it when I was done playing it, and reinstall it when I wanted to. Some time after that, circuit city made a newspaper ad typo on the price of said 486 Packard bell, and after some griping, they honored their erroneous ad and he walked out the door with it for some ridiculously low price. Worked out pretty well.

My dad passed away some years after that tragically and unexpected, but my fondest and best memory of him was when he walked through that door with that new 486dx2 desktop and told me "Bad news, you wont be using my laptop anymore to play your game..." and then he pointed over to the new boxes and said "you'll be using that instead. have fun!".

Still thinking about that makes me a bit teary eyed. Maybe that's why DOOM means so much to me.

Think I was, hmm.. 11 or 12 at the time.

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