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  1. MartinHowe

    What if id Software never made Doom?

    This. Absolutely. Exactly how I felt. But for Doom, I'd have always believed video games were like that. Then our boss bought in the shareware Doom at work after hours and played E1M1 in SP while we watched. I found myself shouting (about a zombieman) "Kill 'im, KILL 'im!!" with involuntary excitement :)
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    What if id Software never made Doom?

    Heck, I finally was moved to spend £3000+ (a heck of a lot of money in 1995) on my first PC - primarily to run Doom :)
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    Do you actually finish Megawads?

    LOL, this :P
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    Do you actually finish Megawads?

    While I agree in principle, it's finding them that's the issue; Megawads get all the publicity. Maybe we need a "directory of good, small mapsets" thread?
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    Do you actually finish Megawads?

    Love this topic. Says what I have been thinking for years :D 1. No (Lack of time) 2. Yes please. 3. Only if you have time to spare for hours. 4. (I made this one up) YES. A thousand times YES! (My question is: Should anyone making an IoS ending to a megawad be boiled in oil, staked out in the desert with vultures eating their livers and what's left be burned at the stake?) LOL
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    Photos that could be great Doom levels

    "In Hell, even the rocks bleed!" Who'd have thought RSPB Minsmere could provide inspiration for Doom :P For the historically minded, these are tank traps, so a genuine military connection here :)
  7. MartinHowe

    The story behind your custom avatar

    Just a picture of me. Is all. Taken top of St Edmundsbury Cathedral tower last year.
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    Post a picture of yourself!

    Apart from my avatar, I like this one. (Not my cat and he passed away a while go)
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    What's your Opinion on Linux?

    Well, actually, for me it has become one and was the reason I finally turned to Linux after years of considering doing so. For me, Windows is now at an evolutionary dead-end as an end-user OS due primarily to the ads (even if you bought it retail), data slurping and even nagging you to use their apps instead of the ones you like. An OS should sit quietly like a meek and mild servant and wait for orders. Windows 7, by and large did, 10 doesn't. Also Windows 10 Update is horribly badly implemented. Ubuntu Software Updater just works. I had used Unix and written C programs a long time ago, so Linux wasn't totally unfamiliar, but I ran several distros in a VM to decide what was right for me. Now I use Xubuntu. I have Windows 7 as a dual boot for real emergencies, but haven't used it for ages. I also have a Windows 7 VM for DoomBuilder and Paint.net.
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    One of the best single map WADs I've played. As an amateur astronomer I loved the 'BFT' with the mirror segments frame :) Where did the glass go, though :)
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    B.F.G and U.A.C stand for...

    I was another of those freaks that reads text files and manuals and also knew Doom from the moment it originally came out. So I knew what UAC was. As for BFG that was *so damn obvious* :p
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    What do you listen to when you're playing Doom?

    Often none at all; music in games makes sense for the original non-immersive 2D games of the past as they're kinda jokey, but for something serious and near-3D? I mean, do the SAS listen to Kerrang Thrash Metal Radio when storming embassies and the like? Probably not :p If a PWAD has music I may give it a try, otherwise for me it's MAP07 or E3M1 music depending on how "dark" my mood is. For mapping, no preference, whatever I'm into at the time.
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    Your favorite WAD's to just kick back and relax playing?

    For KBaR, evil_e has just the right amount of challenge without being too boring. There are a few neat ideas in it without being overly complex.
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    Am I the only one who just fucking HATES puzzles?

    This. 1000x. Puzzles should, for me be there to add a bit of spice and result in added bonuses, such as 100% kills or entry to a secret level; they should not be necessary just to complete a level. That analogy about boxers is spot on. I didn't mind the ones in Classic Doom itself too much and when mapping (rarely as I dont do much of it) I try and keep puzzles about the same level as that. I stopped playing HeXen 1/3 of the way through as it was getting boring :( Lovely architecture, ruined by too much thinking. Some user levels are like it as well (e.g., Cheogsh 2). If I want to do thinking games, I play Chess. But these games are called "shoot" em ups due to the word "shoot". Sometimes, level designers don't seem to realise that :P On a similar note, slaughterfests with no difficulty levels; yawn. That is the opposite extreme. (Hell, Cheogsh 2 somehow manages both at the same time LOL)
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    Post your Doom textures!

    I love this. However, the map I'm making needed a COMP variant so I knocked one up. It's different from the original COMP texture as it keeps the silver panelling but still tiles in with the COMP framework. This is a 32-bit PNG of just the frame itself, that can be pasted over these as necessary.