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Your first time playing Doom

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Cant remember when, but I remember the circumstances. I was in and out of hospital with severe asthma growing up, but I would always when I was at home sit on my dads lap and watch him play wolfenstein 3d and doom. One day, after I came home from a lengthy hospital village, I was watching my dad play the doom 2 map 'The Citadel' and he was in the red brick room with all the imps and such on the raised platforms. next think I knew, he handed me the keyboard and told me to do it. He had god mode on for me, but it was so thrilling shooting those imps with the rocket launcher.

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I first recall seeing Doom on my cousin's ex-husband's laptop shortly after it was released, so it must have been late 1993 or early 1994. I was 5-6 years old at the time, but I distinctly remember being shown E1M2. At some point after that, I got the shareware on a floppy disk (which I still have!), and played that for years and years. (Never played the entirety of Doom until the 2000s, and for a long time, I thought Doom 2 *was* Episode 2). I actually got Doom 2 for Christmas, so I played that long before the entirety of Doom.

 

As for the computers that Doom ran on, I don't really remember. I know that whatever it was booted into MS-DOS, because either Windows 3x was never installed, or I had no idea how to use it. I remember Doom was installed alongside other kiddie games. Then at some point, must have been in late 1995, I got a new Packard Bell computer that ran Windows 95, so I eventually moved over to the Doom95 port. But still, just Doom 2 and the shareware. That was when I first learned about this "Internet thing," and started to learn about WADs and similar Doom mods.

 

Given I had the shareware, I'm not sure what version that would have been (1.2?) I distinctly remember the sounds being very low-fidelity, which I always liked. I assume I had a SoundBlaster card, because years later both source ports and YouTube had SoundBlaster-emulating Doom soundtracks, and they sounded just like what I remembered.

 

As for my play style... "God Mode" all the way! Yes, I cheated my way through both the shareware and Doom 2. I never really played through either game properly until the 2000s, at which point I was more of a gamer and took things a bit more seriously.

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1.When was the first time you ever played Doom?

Spring of 1994
2. Which version?

V1.666
3. What do you remember from your first playthroughs?

I remember how badly I sucked at using a keyboard for controls. Strafing was an alien concept to me, and until I started using a mouse-keyboard combination (much later) I didn't have the foggiest idea of circle-strafing. And, of course, meeting the cyberdemon for the first time (E2M8) almost made me crap my pants. With my limited strafing skills I almost felt that it was impossible to defeat the cyberdemon.

4. How did you feel at that time? compared to how you feel nowadays playing it

I recall playing Episode 3 (Inferno), and by then it was early summer. My office was hot, even with the shades down, because the afternoon sun shone directly into it. The heat in the office enhanced the hellish mood of the E3 levels. I have a clear recollection of how it felt, and to this day, when I play E3 levels that feeling comes back to me.

5. Umm, anything you want to add related to my questions...

I was using a company-provided PC at my desk, and it did not have a sound card. The cheesy PC sounds were what I played the game with. It might be cool to play the game again with just the PC sounds.

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1. When was the first time you ever played Doom?

1996, at an office.

2. Which version?

Doom II

3. What do you remember from your first playthroughs?

Finding secrets was key to survive the hordes, and a good keyboard setup. (I'm left handed)

4. How did you feel at that time? compared to how you feel nowadays playing it.

Honestly, a little to very much stupid. Here I am, looking for exits and keys and weapons ... and killed again.

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1. I guess in 2011, my father lend me his laptop to play since I was not at home and he showed me Doom, I think I played a save of DOOM II on MAP05 on skill 3 or 4, I remember about playing until the exit of MAP06 and finishing with 2% of health.

 

2. 1.666 I think.

 

3. I used to play with keyboard, slow, taking cover and saving every time I could, I also used to waste too much ammunition so I ran out of it very quickly and I needed to use the fists.

 

4. I have nice memories about it, when I started playing Doom (I started with Doom I once I had it in my computer) it was a surprise every time a new monster came out, then I played Doom II, Heretic, Plutonia, Hexen and Evilution (in that order) and I also have good memories of passing those levels (sometimes thinking a specific level was impossible).

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When was the first time you ever played Doom?

I shit you not, about five or six years ago when I was 8 or 9 my family and I went on a trip to Newfoundland, On the ferry from Sydney to Port Aux Basques there was a internet cafe, I went to one of the computers and went to Kongregate, a site I used to go on a lot. I started browsing and soon found a flash port of doom, I had heard of doom before but had never played it before. I started to play and got to E1M3 before my dad walked by and said it looked too violent for me to play and told me I had to get off.

Which version?

Flash Port

What do you remember from your first playthroughs? 

I remember the music and the vats of slime as well as blowing away Imps with the shotgun

How did you feel at that time? compared to how you feel nowadays playing it

I felt so thrilled playing it, Instead of the more complicated action games I was used to this gave me raw satisfaction killing the demons. Now it still remains incredibly entertaining for me to play and I love playing other peoples wads as well as make my own

 

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Would have been around late 1995, though it didn't start with Doom! My earliest memory is actually of Wolf3D, but it became Doom very soon after - My brother, my dad and myself all huddled around an old PC in awe of how amazing the game looked. My dad laughed at the "Can I play, daddy?" skill level, I'll never forget that..

 

I'll also never forget the joys of downloading WADs online around '97-'98 when dad bought me the Ultimate Doom with Doom95. Before that, I only had a Shareware CD and a bootleg copy of Doom2 that my brother had somehow acquired. I also fondly remember having my first online deathmatch in 2001 through Doom Connector. Good times!

The very first version I ever owned was the 1.666 shareware. The majority game never scared me in my single-digit years other than the hanging barons on Tower of Babel and of course the decapitated rabbit ending absolutely terrified me when I first saw it around age 7, but the entire game that aside was more just enthralling and atmospheric as opposed to flat out scary, even to my child brain.

 

There was something amazing to me about simply downloading and playing user made wads when I was a kid. I still love it of course, but back then it felt like discovering a whole new world or something. Long story short, this game was love at first sight for me and the overall enjoyment definitely hasn't waned!

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1. When was the first time you ever played Doom?

 

- I have flashbacks of it as a kid. If I can guess, I liked E1M9 the most (the music was great :D )

 

2. Which version?

 

- As I said I cannot remember, I wasn't even supposed to play it as most kids back then. My older brothers had more urgent need of Doom.

 

3. 4. 5. Last three questions in one answer (I think some people have placed me on a hit list due to how much I write in one simple reply.

Spoiler


- If I were to compare my experiences, I would find little to no similarities, but one. The brutality, and the savagery of the game. No negotiations, no compromises, only the ever dwindling ammo caches. It didn't helped that when I started playing I was at that age where I was supposed to learn to play nice with other kids, but luckily, I would be confused when playing Doom, but not in real life, so I didn't turned out to be a school shooter or something.

 

*Pumped Up Kicks echoes from the distance*

 

Differences? As a kid I expected a lot from this game. What? Well, allies, per instance. Or some guys who I wasn't supposed to shoot but try to listen to. Usual tropes now appearing in modern shooters. I did expected a lot of this game, but found it's charm in its small strategies and tactics. Which mook to shoot first? Which later? When to retreat? How to improvise?

 

Now that I picked it up in high school again, and its been more than two years I had been playing now, I see the game "in numbers" so to speak. I kinda already know what each monster does, learned some badass strats with dealing some of these. So I moved on from vanilla, and started experimenting with monster placements, weapons, and making my own maps! ... Which may probably never see the light of day... But I still work hard!

 

Doom also serves as a source of inspiration for my short stories and fics. Either it be invasion of foreign beings, or the "zeddites" as I call the "possesed humans" (ugh takes so loooong to write that :( ), or the weapons, or the concept of mega corps traveling into space or other dimensions or the monsters themselves. If anything, at least one character would drop a stupid irrelevant line like "Ugh... I can't wait to get home and play Doom..." or something.


 

 

Thanks for tolerating my verbal fecalities.

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The first time I played Doom was the shareware version, I think, about a year after its original release.  It was one of the first games I played on my first purchased IBM-compatible, a nice AMD 586-cpu based system that was comparable to a Pentium 75 or so.  Oddly enough, I was actually underwhelmed by Doom after hearing all the buzz about it, and found Heretic a more colorful and enjoyable game not too long after.  But then i played Doom II a year or so later and though my first encounter with the Arch Vile was so disastrous I gave up on the game for being too difficult - what the fuck was that? I wondered, stunned - it became my all time favorite game.

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I first saw Doom when I was seven or something, my dad playing some internet version and telling me how he used to play it at work when he had long and useless night shifts. (This was before he had an xbox to bring there instead). Much later, I got to play some of it, when he bought the crappy ipad version of Doom 1. Despite the terrible controls, I loved it. I was probably 10 or 11 then. I played all the Doom 1 levels from pistol start on there (I think), but I still don't know if I actually beat them all. Someday I've got to get Ultimate Doom on my computer. 

 

Speaking of my computer, last year, having played all the Doom 1 levels on the ipad, I wanted Doom II. By then I had my own computer and I got d2 on steam. I played through about level 10 before that computer broke. I got a new computer soon after, but never got around to Doom on it until last month, fearing that I would have to play the first 9 levels over again. Even though it was a year since last time, I would still find that boring. Luckily though, steam was able to save my progress from that computer, So I picked right back up where I left off when I got it on this computer last month.

 

And here I am now, having killed the Icon of Sin about 20 minutes ago, ready to buy Final Doom!

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My first doom expeirence was the PS1 version. it was so difficult and scary playing it. stiff controls and in a game you're unfamilar to, cycling through weapons when a Nightmare-Spectre appears only to accidently use the Rockets at point-blank range was infuriating. Then i got GZDoom. i enjoyed how well each level was made and i liked to think there was a story in each level. such as Tower of Bable where you see the pinned up dead barons.

Doom2 was great to see new enemies, but the visual design didn't seem as realisic as Doom1. but the maps were great in their own way.

after completing them, i went back to Playstation doom and boy, it was amazing to see the dynamic lighting in it, and surprising to see pain elementals in some doom1 maps.

doom3, i dont have, but i've played a few hours of it, it is good as a horror game.

doom4, only played 2 horurs, but it was like doom 3 on steroids mixed with some Brutal Doom

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I think it was 97 or 98, I was 7 years old ... it was the shareware version ... I had already seen the game on television or in magazines, I remember I was alone in the workshop where the pc was, started the demo Gameplay, I get scared and close the game

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I only started playing DOOM about 5 months ago on an iBook G3 Clamshell from 1999. I liked it at first...and then...it happened....it sunk it's hooks into me. It hasn't gotten boring to me at all, I think its actually gotten funner. Then, I got into speedrunning about 3 months ago. DOOM FOREVER, SUCK IT QUAKE!!!!!!!

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I think the first time I played doom was in the late 90s, it was included on a CD with multiple games that were a few years old.

I didn't get past the first door because I didn't know that there was a "use" button. I only tried playing it again a few years later.

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  1. When was the first time you ever played Doom?
    The year it was released, I nagged my dad to get a 386. He downloaded it from a BBS at work when we only had a 286 so it was his own fault :P
     
  2. Which version?
    Not a clue, sorry.
     
  3. What do you remember from your first playthroughs? 
    Thinking this is freaking awesome.
     
  4. How did you feel at that time? compared to how you feel nowadays playing i
    Can't remember how I felt but I was pretty clueless and I still am.
     
  5. Umm, anything you want to add related to my questions...
    Doom is life

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1. When was the first time you ever played Doom?

A: 1994.

 

2. Which version?

A: Probably 1.4 of Doom 2. There are white bars for the first switch on Map02: Underhalls.

 

3. What do you remember from your first playthroughs? 

A: I just IDDQD everything... and Cacodemons give me nightmare even they couldn't hurt me.

 

4. How did you feel at that time? compared to how you feel nowadays playing it.

A: I was 6, so I don't really understand how to play games. Now I thought I was kind of stupid at that moment. The first time playing without IDDQD was probably in 1998. Then at 200X, I tried the game for real without saving and tried to understand how things work.

 

5. Other experience

Some Thoughts:

I don't know how they got this game inside China because at that time, there wasn't Internet there. The game was copied in many 5.25 inches disks (probably 10 of them). BTW, I don't know why everyone knew IDDQD and IDKFA at the moment.

 

Scenario 1

(First day playing Doom 2 on my older cousin's computer)

Cousin: Don't you think you should play on Ultra-Violence?

Me: Why not Nightmare!?

Cousin: IDDQD doesn't work on that.

Me: Let's try.

(15 minutes later, made it to Map02 with 5X% Health)

Me: Save it right here. Don't delete this save, for memory sake!

 

Scenario 2

(Went to visit my cousin)

Me: How's Doom?

Cousin: Don't ask me, play it yourself! (very impatiently)

(Turned on his computer and load the savefile, and it was on Map24: Chasm)

(After 1~2 hours of S/L, I finally beat the map. Probably my cousin hated Doom so bad because of this map ;P)

 

Scenario 3

(Finally I wanted to play Doom on my own computer)

Cousin: Your computer can't play Doom.

Me: Why?

Cousin: You need 4 MB memory, but your computer only has 2 MB.

 

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I guess playing on UV is a standard is from 1994... Of course, it's an illogical thinking process: "IDDQD -> Gotta play the level with most monsters with IDDQD -> UV". Also, I think I was affected by this, so I thought the only two difficulties in Doom is UV and NM. Then, talking about 4 MB memory, it's very funny for modern standard because it's only 1/4096 of most of the computers right now. Finally, the hate of Chasm has celebrated it's 23 year birthday!

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19 minutes ago, DoctorGenesis said:

Why must you say such a blasphemous thing.

this is DOOMworld bro. not QUAKEworld :-)

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3 hours ago, ImpMan11203 said:

this is DOOMworld bro. not QUAKEworld :-)

Quakeworld is an update to the original Quake. So there for you can not compare it to Doomworld, a forum.

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7 hours ago, DoctorGenesis said:

Quakeworld is an update to the original Quake. So there for you can not compare it to Doomworld, a forum.

how would I know that? I don't play Quake

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41 minutes ago, ImpMan11203 said:

I don't play Quake

Then what are you waiting for?

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what annoys me the most about quake is that sound every time he jumps

 

and also the gameplay is not as good as Doom (I'm not saying that because I'm a Doom freak, it's just true) even on Nightmare.

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Yeah here at DOOMworld we hate QUAKE. I wonder who made that shitty DOOM ripoff anyways. You're one of us now, ImpMan11203!

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6 hours ago, Pavera said:

shitty DOOM ripoff

that should be the official name for Quake

Edited by ImpMan11203

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The first time I ever saw Doom was on a school-friend's PC when I must have been about 10 or so, so around 1995. 

 

It was the shareware version of Doom 1 (naturally) and it was also the first time I'd played on a PC. At home we had a Commodore Amiga, which wasn't Intel compatible (it ran on Motorola CPU of all things).

 

There is one very, very specific memory I have: the maze in E1M4. Specifically the low ceiling. I remember seeing this texture whizz by so close to my head as we ran down the corridor, it seemed so lifelike, so fluid in motion. I had never seen graphics like that before, it seemed completely out of this world. 

 

When my dad bought us a PC a year or two later, it came with a CD of about 500 demos. I remember hunting through it desperate to see if Doom was on there. Of course it was, and the rest is history!

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Back in 2001/2002 my dad bought a gaming magazine, and it was a special edition that had a CD with 100 demo/shareware versions of games! Among them was Doom. As a 2 year old, I watched my dad play. I really have strong memories about E1M3 and E1M4, for some reason.

 

One year later, I started playing. I played Quake 2 for the most part, but I also played Doom sometimes. I remember getting only up to E1M5, and the music scared me too much to keep going, so I would just quit the game in front of that slime river.

 

I actually never cared too much about Doom until I was 13. It was the time when I discovered the existance of WADs, and a new world opened up for me.

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2008, SNES copy; the music was amazing, and the atmosphere as desolate enough with that SNES sound that I didn't mind the poor-quality graphics. It was the first time I ever got my hands on DOOM. That port still had the most faithful level design of its time.

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