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AlexMax

Multiple versions of Doom 2 1.666 and 1.7

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This might be a stupid question, but I always wondered why there were multiple copies of Doom 2 1.666 and 1.7 floating around. The Wiki has the full extent of the stupidity, but I remember having a devil of a time upgrading my copy of 1.666 because of the patch confusion.

Has anybody figured out what the differences were between them, if any?

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Speaking of the infamous v1.666 "pirated" version that practically is the one that ended up in most people's hard drives at the time...is there any background as to how it came to be? Was it leaked from e.g. a beta tester? Was it stolen in some other way? Was it available before Doom II was officially up for sale?

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It was probably a leak. At least according to fraggle's file list (I don't have a copy of the pirated version myself :p), it seems the IWAD is identical to the final version, but doom2.exe differs somehow.

             name              |   size   |               md5                |      filedate       
-------------------------------+----------+----------------------------------+---------------------
 doom2-1.666/doom2.exe         |   687001 | 22e3fc7854f030df977d26faf1e342be | 1994-08-29 18:56:54
 doom2-1.666/doom2.wad         | 14943400 | 30e3c2d0350b67bfbf47271970b74b2f | 1994-08-29 18:56:54
 doom2-1.666-pirated/doom2.exe |   686921 | b9c24975cb0c064a7c4f39c1d0b999ae | 1994-08-25 20:13:52
 doom2-1.666-pirated/doom2.wad | 14943400 | 30e3c2d0350b67bfbf47271970b74b2f | 1994-08-25 20:13:52

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DoomGater said:

I found six different version alone from V 1.666!

http://doomgate.de/files/duub/index.html


Only that judging by the file sizes and checksums alone, there are only two distinct ones in terms of contents, essentially just the German and the "world" version. The count is inflated to six only if you count duplicates with different timestamps and different external qualifiers such as "pirated" as distinct files.

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Maes said:

Only that judging by the file sizes and checksums alone, there are only two distinct ones in terms of contents, essentially just the German and the "world" version. The count is inflated to six only if you count duplicates with different timestamps and different external qualifiers such as "pirated" as distinct files.

Right, that's exactly what the table says! :-)

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