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  1. Erick

    Source port tier list

    S) GZDoom: Use it basically all the time for non-vanilla mapsets. I like having so many options with display settings, minor gameplay options, and even stuff like changing the HUD and automap. I don't got many issues trying to run GZDoom and the questionable defaults were easy to change anyways. Chocolate Doom: Faithful to Vanilla Doom and works natively on modern operating systems. I don't have to modify my IWADs to play custom WADs with new sprites and it was not a hassle to tweak some settings like having pitch shifting and GUS music. My go-to port for vanilla maps. A) Crispy Doom: Faithful to Vanilla Doom and has many nice features that do not break the vanilla experience. There's some gameplay options but the higher resolution and framerates are already big changers for me. Basically, the image quality is crisp (no pun intended) and it plays smoothly. Doom Retro: Not a port I play often but I respect what it's trying to do. It has its own touches that gives a different feeling when playing through the original games. B) Zandronum: Development looks to be stagnant but it does support some mods I like such as Quake Champions: Doom Edition. PrBoom+: I guess if a mapset doesn't run well on any of the above ports, I use PrBoom+.There's also demo recording but I am slacking on that for the past year. C) To cut it short, I don't use these ports often or in the case of ZDoom, stopped using it. D) No.
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    PUNISHER.WAD

    Before Plutonia's Go 2 It, there was Dario Casali's take on expanding Doom 2's MAP01 into a difficult and action packed level. Punisher can be seen as sort of a prototype for Go 2 It in that it was released a year before Final Doom and the map is rough around the edges to play. There are far more many monsters in Punisher than there are in Go 2 It, starting off with about 600 enemies, which is three times more than Go 2 It's initial start of about 200 enemies. It sounds like Punisher is more difficult than Go 2 It for having more enemies and a rougher layout, right? Well, actually no, Punisher is easier than Go 2 It though at the same time, Punisher has its difficulty issues that can make it annoying to play. In Punisher, a variety of enemies are placed together far more frequently, meaning infighting happens immediately in the areas they are in. There are some rooms where only a single enemy type is in to prevent easy infighting, but even still, you can take advantage of monster infighting far more than you would in Go 2 It. Another thing, you don't always get up close to tough monsters like the Cyberdemon so you can pretty much skip them at times, which is unlike Go 2 It as that map has you getting up close to them or at times killing them to progress. Despite Punisher encouraging something of a aggressive and fast playstyle like you Go 2 It and other Plutonia maps encourage, it doesn't exactly feel like you can do it as freely here. There's a ton of open space so trying to draw attention of monsters to cause some infighting yourself can be annoying to do, an Arch-Vile can hit you out in the open and Pain Elementals can be very problematic, so you might find yourself peeking in and out of cover often instead of blasting monsters away with rockets and a BFG. That's not to say you can't blast through the level if you played it multiple times much like Go 2 It, but even so, the pacing and fights here feel a bit messy. Punisher is not bad to play and I found it fun to play despite its gameplay problems. I found it interesting to compare this map with Go 2 It to see the differences and how much more refined an expanded Doom 2 MAP01 turned out in the end. If you're into maps with tons of monsters to kill and don't mind some odd pacing, Punisher is good to play, though it definitely shows its age.
  3. The idgames tab still uses the grid view even when using the tile view, so I wouldn't rule out that possibility! The text should be larger and more readable with the tile view, hopefully all important file info should be more readable now. The tile view and grid view are both identical in how they work with handling files, be it managed or unmanaged.
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    Icarus Demos [-complevel 2]

    Found the remaining UV-Max demos I've done in 2018, MAP20 was not done in -complevel 2 (don't know or remember why) so that one is excluded from here. MAP21-MAP30 never got started on, so this is basically it with Icarus for me. :) Times: MAP12 - 3:49 MAP13 - 3:58 MAP14 - 5:46 MAP15 - 2:03 MAP16 - 3:58 MAP17 - 3:47 MAP18 - 2:58 MAP19 - 3:16 MAP31 - 1:37 MAP32 - 1:18 icarus_ep2.zip
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    Icarus Demos [-complevel 2]

    These are some old UV-Max demos done throughout 2018, thought I had lost them but I managed to dig up the demos for MAP01-MAP11 in my hard drive. I think I had more but I can't seem to find them. Times: MAP01 - 2:33 MAP02 - 2:47 MAP03 - 1:31 MAP04 - 1:17 MAP05 - 2:17 MAP06 - 1:07 MAP07 - 1:57 MAP08 - 2:24 MAP09 - 2:06 MAP10 - 1:41 MAP11 - 6:52 icarus_01-11.zip
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    Things about Doom you just found out

    Is the ceiling of the bloodfall pillar on Doom 2's MAP25 also a feature? Looks like the skybox is covering the top of the walls a bit here. :)
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    DOOM Retro v3.6.1 (updated August 16, 2020)

    I'm curious, will automap statistics be added in the future (Kills, Items, Secrets, and Time)? An issue on GitHub has been up for two years so I am wondering if it's still being considered (unless I somehow missed a console variable to change). That said, great to see all the support and changes to making Doom Retro stable and stand out in many nice ways! Also nice to see true widescreen being planned too for those who would like to see it.
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    Things about Doom you just found out

    In E2M2 of Ultimate Doom, there is a tutti-frutti effect on the top of this wall. For the first time I was not blindly rushing this small tunnel, and looks like the strange texture is not the only hint to this secret.
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    New to Classic DOOM? Read me for help!

    I should mention that the data for Doom Launcher is stored in DoomLauncher.sqlite, so if you downloaded Doom Launcher again alongside any files you uploaded for backup, all your descriptions, stats, and custom profiles can be restored from there. It happened to me once where I basically lost all my stuff so it helped to have a personal backup with the .sqlite file. One of the many things that made it my personal frontend for years.
  10. Unless intended for the mapset, I try to avoid jumping and crouching as much as I can. I don't really care if I use freelook or not, though I don't use it much in vanilla or boom mapsets. But if I feel like playing a little differently, I do jump and crouch to see how much of a map I can skip or just rush for fun.
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    Favorite Quake Game?

    If Quake 1 can have the movement of Quake 2, that would have made the game even better for me. I'd say my favorite is Quake 1 for atmosphere and level design, especially with the expansion packs.
  12. It has some advantages like using the launcher's tags and file information to know what file is what and decide what to play next. Having files in compressed ZIP files can also save some space if you have some pretty big WAD files. You can play around with the launcher to get things organized and you can also right click on a game file to open the ZIP if there is any file you want to extract or anything.
  13. What do you mean by that? If you add a WAD/PK3 or ZIP file from anywhere on your desktop, it will be duplicated and added into your GameFiles folder, which is where all the game content is stored, including your IWADs. DoomLauncher is meant to be portable (put on a flash drive, another hard drive, etc.) so you can safely delete the external file you added as it will be in the launcher's database and local GameFiles folder. You don't need to add IWADs as a .zip file, you can just add DOOM.WAD for example and the launcher will take care of it. I think you can also add custom IWADs but you might have to change it to "Any File" or something so that the launcher doesn't only look for .WAD files. For the rest, there is a manual to help you out on most common questions.
  14. TNT: Evilution has the best soundtrack in all of Classic Doom and I wished there were more original tracks to fill the levels that used Doom 1/2 tracks. Plutonia is the most repetitive and annoying IWAD out of the original four. While I won't deny its influence on future maps and being more consistent in map quality than TNT, I don't find many of its levels to be memorable or do much to stand out from one another. I find it visually dull and many encounters feel samey either because there are tricks and traps (no pun intended) that lose their novelty after a first playthrough, or because I just can't be bothered to keep playing. Plutonia 2 feels a lot better to play and reused the original Plutonia's gimmicks in more interesting ways. I enjoy Sandy's Doom 2 maps the most and find them to be the most fun across all the classic IWADs. Maybe not a controversial opinion here, but I can't see maps like The Pit or The Citadel as bad levels or anything.
  15. The Left 4 Dead Expert achievements across both games, including the Expert Realism one for Left 4 Dead 2. I did them with bots so it was extra frustrating with the special infected killing my AI teammates and just them not being the best support I can have.
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