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  1. Some food for thoughts: The Doom Slayer His main character flaw is that he allowed himself to be blatantly manipulated. He is so absorbed into his righteous quest against Hell that he'll take any opportunity or excuse to bring a fight against the demons, despite his obvious intelligence in other actions he takes and the thought he puts into some of them. If he was really from Argent D'Nur and witnessed its fall first hand, he would surely have to know what the Crucible was - indeed, he himself knows without having been told that it can free the souls of the Wraiths from their enslavement in the Well by using it as a knife. He just doesn't seem concerned with the fact that Hayden is lying about it - when Hayden up and says Olivia must have been after the Crucible, note that there's zero evidence anywhere else for this assertion. He just comes up with this out of thin air. He will not harm a human being, even if their actions are evil and will immediately advance Hell's cause. He twice has an opportunity to kill Olivia with a clean, quick shot, and both times he instead waits to see what she's going to do, the first time letting her give a little speech before jumping into the Argent energy stream - an event which opens a Hell portal on Mars, which as a champion against the dark realm, you'd think he'd rather prevent - EXCEPT for the all-important fact that this lets him get back to Hell, and that's what he really prefers over everything else, as mentioned above. In the end, he waits while the totally dejected, disarmed Olivia has been transformed into the Spider Mastermind. Now that she's a demon, and demons being what he hates, he totally destroys her without a second thought - but only after that transformation is complete. Olivia We're supposed to hate her because she's the "bad guy", the villain, but she is actually the most tragic and sympathetic character in the story. Her body and mind have both been corrupted by Hell to the point that she is arguably insane and is in constant physical torment. All this for a job she didn't originally want, until *somebody* sent her a mysterious artifact that somehow instantly changed her mind (more on that in a moment...) Samuel Hayden We're supposed to look at him like some kind of goodly father figure, and he himself tries to portray himself as some kind of generous benefactor of humanity. All this while he orchestrates and oversees - with full knowledge, by his own admission - everything Olivia and the rest of the UAC is doing. He's not unaware of the human sacrifices, or the Lazarus demon projects - he has tacitly approved of them. He may even be involved in some of them personally - his office is full of artifacts from Hell, including a tablet that shows a picture of the Crucible, which he clearly knows much more about than he ever lets on - acting as though he just figured it out from the Doom Slayer's vision on approaching the Helix Stone (how the hell did he see this, anyways?), meanwhile he knows where it's stored (in the Titan's Realm) and can activate its sword functionality. He is a master manipulator. Not just with the Doom Slayer, either - if you read into his backstory, it was him who first offered Olivia the job on Mars, and it was him who sent her the mysterious Argent Fracture relic that seems to have had some kind of effect on her to change her mind completely about her desire to work there. VEGA was not immune either, going through with Hayden's plan to have himself destroyed but, at the last, expressing to the dear Doctor that he has "many regrets." If you ask me, and it's a long shot, but one I can't quit coming back to in the end, I think there's a good chance that Hayden deliberately engineered the entire catastrophe on Mars and has been playing the long game toward it for a very long time. Whatever his motivation - to gain political or corporate power, prestige as a "hero", or perhaps even literal godhood through the dark magic and artifacts he keeps acquiring and making use of - the end result is that he's the only survivor and makes off with a toy he wanted very badly. He pretends to have suffered so much loss, but so much of it was of his own design. He's a wicked man in the end. In Doom VFR, he terminates Dr. Peters' machine mind after the latter succeeds in shutting down a Hell portal. What was Hayden trying to do with the portal? Watch him coldly walk through Hell to the tomb in the Kadingir Sanctum while his Elite squadron is slowly wiped out. He doesn't give a shit about those guys; he only brought them along to spare himself from needing to kill so many demons and make his own job easier - they're disposable to him.
  2. http://community.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:1456214 For those not in the know, Monobook is the old default MediaWiki skin that debuted on Wikipedia originally. It has been the sole remaining alternative (configurable in registered users' preferences) to the hideous ad delivery vehicle they call "Oasis" or "Wikia" at the wikia site since 2011 (the same time DoomWiki.org separated from the beast). Somehow, despite the fact that Oasis is built ground-up to track users with thousands of external references to almost every ad provider that exists on the Internet, and the fact that looking at their source repo on GitHub does not reveal a whole, separate system of ad delivery for MonoBook, they're trying to get away with claiming this as a reason to kill off that skin finally. Being SEO-grubbing, ad-pushing bastards is one thing, but having the gall to straight up lie about it to a sea of people without the technical knowledge to distinguish the truth is another entirely. Dear hold outs, MonoBook will remain available and fully supported indefinitely at DoomWiki.org :) https://doomwiki.org/wiki/Entryway?useskin=monobook
  3. Yes it is. It relates in that if you've for some reason still been using the old site and liked Monobook, we still have it and will always have it. Otherwise there's no relationship; I am just posting about what is going on over there. It's relevant historically speaking since the availability of Monobook at wikia was a major arguing point of those not in favor of forking back then - "Monobook is still available and there is no sign that it will go away" was the general attitude at that time with regard to those dissatisfied with the then-new Oasis skin.
  4. Quasar

    Another DOOM movie being made?

    Also the aformentioned "suit" is a solid fiberglass mannequin, not a wearable piece of armor that would flex around an actor's body while they do kung fu moves. Definitely two different things there. Unless we're talking about the suit that made for the live-action trailer; I have no idea what became of that.
  5. Quasar

    Another DOOM movie being made?

    For one thing, you could probably blow the whole film's effects budget on a Praetor suit and an Icon of Sin alone.
  6. Quasar

    Another DOOM movie being made?

    Tony Giglio's response to someone on Twitter who asked "Why are there chainsaws on Mars again?" was "They were in the game. They're in the movie." Nice approach ;)
  7. Not to be tooting my own horn, but... https://doomwiki.org/wiki/James_Haley_(Quasar)
  8. Quasar

    What should Doom 5?'s Final Boss be?

    if that's been "confirmed" please quote me the canonical sources that confirmed it, as that would be very important information. I've read *all* of the lore in the game. Some of it is self-inconsistent. Some of it is deliberately written from the POV of unreliable narrators. Some of it is UAC speculation that self-admits they don't have a clue. And quite a bit of it is being popularly misconstrued into something it is not, as well (particularly the bits about the "betrayer;" apparently people can't read over a grade school level if they think the betrayer's son and the Icon of Sin are being referred to as the same entity by the passage in question, let alone that it ever implies that the betrayer is the Doom Slayer - never says such a thing once, and it would be extremely contradictory if true). What you mean is that you don't personally like an interpretation that includes prior games into the Doomguy's history, even though they'd explain otherwise unexplainable things like the fact he reads and understands English, is proficient with technology and guns, has corporation manufacturing markings all over his suit, and doesn't look anything like the Night Sentinels at all despite associating with them. Well ok that's your prerogative but stop acting like the rest of us are idiots for noticing these things.
  9. Quasar

    What should Doom 5?'s Final Boss be?

    Depends entirely on your head canon. Mine includes Final Doom. Especially since Williams just finished a conversion of it before starting on Doom 64 :P
  10. Quasar

    Another DOOM movie being made?

    Too much jumping to conclusions. I mean, here's what we know for sure: The movie has UAC barrels that seem inspired with details from the original instruction book (UAC ran a toxic waste disposal facility on the surface of Mars) There are on-site shooting locations that could pass for Mars or for Hell The space marines (actually being called that) wear black uniforms, like the Z-Sec did in Doom 3 (probably where the original movie got the aesthetic from also) This doesn't automatically equate to "it's a sequel". It doesn't even tell us a whole lot about the plot, other than that it does clearly make some original classic Doom references. We should only hope to have even a little bit of fan service in there after what happened with the last movie...
  11. I always thought the Doom 3 shotgun sounded like puffs of confetti should be coming out of it rather than buckshot. Given the damage it does at anything other that point blank, that wouldn't be out of line.
  12. So, did anybody around here actually manage to get their paws on one of these? I kept checking the Bethesda site for the last two years and all it would ever say was "PRE-ORDER" and yet not offer anywhere you could actually order the item from. Not long after they were first supposed to have become available, I found that they were being offered all over eBay at as much as twice the MSRP by a bunch of Taiwanese 0-star accounts with no prior sales, so, I assume Bethesda just let them all get sniped up by implementing absolutely no order limits or other mechanisms for making sure their loyal fans could actually get a fair shot at the item. They more recently became available on another toy site, sans the "exclusive" chainsaw but for nearly the same price, but same deal there - only as a "pre-order" item which stated your order could be canceled if you weren't fast enough. I didn't bite and now those are all gone as well, in less than a month from the supposed "go live". The whole thing is really a big scam to me. Why don't they just cut out the middle men and send their whole stock straight to the Taiwanese scalpers if they're only really interested in selling stuff to them anyways? If anybody has one, I'd love to have some pics for the wiki, naturally. And on the off chance you somehow have extras to sell, I might be interested ;) I had planned to pose him next to my revenant statue with chainsaw in hand, but not much chance of that now.
  13. This is going to be a quick review of the new stuff that hit the wiki during April (and the first couple days of May). If this is reasonably popular, I might do it regularly. Core Articles Core content saw additions to classic Doom, Doom 2016, and a significant number of expanded universe and merchandise articles: Doom II monster exclusion bug Doom Slayer life-size figure (special thanks to Buckshot for donating the pic) Doom: The Board Game (covering the 2016 release) Bethesda Pinball Gaming Heads Doomguy collectible - covering the brand-new toy release... Doomguy collectible - ...and the in-game item it was based on. Abraham Peters - the protagonist of Doom VFR People A few people articles were created, including two of the modern id devs: Emil Brundage (NaturalTvventy) Nicolas Monti Marty Stratton Hugo Martin Mods Thanks to a few of our regulars, including especially Xymph (Frans P. de Vries) of /idgames fame, we get a large number of new mod and level articles every month; April was no exception. A large number of Kaiser's works were documented, in particular, amongst others: Shrine of the Warriors Not Another E1 Wad Not Another E3 Wad Internal Reaches 2 Internal Reaches 4 Kaiser 3 Kaiser 16 Their Selfish Realms Nickel Electroplate Facility Rage Doom Blockrocking Beats The Green Machine NJ Doom The Community is falling!! Oh No!!! Crusader Palladium Electroplate Facility The Attraction to All Things Uncertain Halo Of Wonders Chainmill ToxicHole The Cursed Generation Supernaught CrossFire Boom Edit Example Wad (aka BOOMEDIT.WAD)
  14. Quasar

    Television Commercials You Hate to Love

    Why it's good: that song. Why it's bad: that song and how it makes me sing about $#@!ing cottage cheese for the rest of the day/night/weekend.
  15. Quasar

    Simon Garlick. What happened to him?

    I've sometimes wondered if he was the guy who stumbled out of the portal in Delta just in time to have a Hell Knight toss him into the wall. That would seem like the kind of sick irony id likes to throw into their Doom games. "Congratulations, you win. Everybody died. The End" is literally the ending to several of their games, for example Doom Resurrection on mobile.
  16. Perhaps; I do entertain the possibility that that's all there is to him. I just can't help the feeling that he might secretly be much worse than he seems on the surface. You assume he isn't affected by Hell, but, what if he is, and he's just better at hiding it than Olivia? He does still have an organic brain after all. Interesting idea about the Soul Cube by the way. If that were true, it would seem to imply that the Argent Fracture is somehow connected (transdimensional nonsense, maybe?) to the Hell Hole that was sealed in Doom 3. I like it. That's true, but it doesn't explain to me why Olivia would be after the Crucible - that detail feels like it was invented by Hayden as justification for why the Doom Slayer should go get that particular item, bringing it conveniently within his reach. I don't see that she would have any personal use for it, unless Hell intended to establish another Well in the dimension of which this Mars is a part.
  17. To address a couple points there: Presumably, the Crucible was used to originally forge the Well by Daeg Grav; I'd assume it was the weapon that slayed the Wraiths in the first place. It is depicted in artworks from Argent D'Nur (in particular, some statues of the Night Sentinels are depicted wielding it, and their primary function was to both guard and protect from the Wraiths). As the one who "wore the crown of the Night Sentinels," it'd be bizarre for the Doom Slayer to have no knowledge of this artifact. It's literally the object that set his current quest in motion. Olivia's sickness developed after she took the job on Mars and was exposed to Argent energy - "A few months after arriving at the Argent Facility, Olivia was diagnosed with acute idiopathic scoliosis." Note that idiopathic specifically means "of unknown cause," or in other words the doctors couldn't figure out what caused it. This parallels Samuel's development of cancer while working on the tower. As for Hayden, it's mostly interpretation so I won't further argue it, other than to say power's end is usually to obtain more power. I think that Hayden might envision creating a new Well himself that he can fully control, without the demons being in his way. That's just my best guess though and I'm ready to be proven wrong at any time if they develop his character further. What or whom he would have to kill to create the new Well is also a disturbing question - the original was created by slaying creatures that were revered as gods, after all.
  18. Quasar

    Another DOOM movie being made?

    When did "political correctness" turn into the term for being a decent person, exactly? There was, at some point, a discernible difference between the two concepts. But these days if you're in favor of treating people you meet in general fairly and without prejudice, that's "PC" apparently. If you're in favor of keeping qualities of a person that have NO impact on the current situation out of consideration in that situation, that's "PC" now.
  19. Quasar

    DOOM 2016: The Board Game

    I very lightly alpha blended in a bit of the original cyberdemon artwork and it greatly reduced the blue glare. Thanks.
  20. Quasar

    6th scale Doom Marine action figure

    It's definitely real. This is the info sheet for it:
  21. Quasar

    6th scale Doom Marine action figure

    Or were, at least :)
  22. Quasar

    DOOM 2016: The Board Game

    Wanted to note I got the initial article build up finally - could still use a clean forward-facing shot of the box art if somebody can get one: https://doomwiki.org/wiki/Doom:_The_Board_Game
  23. Quasar

    prBoom+ and Eternity

    I do not see the point of that. It surely causes more problems than it "fixes".
  24. Quasar

    doom 3 mars

    I enjoy the entire Doom 3 subseries, and I am especially fond of the expansions. I acknowledge their flaws, but none of them are fatal IMO. I wish there were some professional-quality expansion-length episodes out there as mods to try out, but almost everything is just single maps, and not a lot of great ones at that. I recently got around to trying out the Allied Marine Squadmates mod, which is a cool idea, but jeez is it still buggy - the newest release last month added a ton of bugs, such as the guys only managing to teleport to follow you when you're in a location where they'll get permanently stuck - nice useless feature >_> The AMS shotgunner (who bizarrely fires a bunch of instant death plasma projectiles rather than buckshot) will also vaporize you from behind without a second thought, so, save often...
  25. Quasar

    Was Doom Absent from Ready Player One?

    Is there a handy citation to use for that? Ya know for wiki purposes :P