This month's prompt:
Retro Gaming Icons
Whatever your definition of retro, gaming, or icons, now is the time to get your classic game on. Super Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, the Atari 2600, Tim Schafer, Baldur's Gate...any game or gaming-related icon is up for grabs! Or, if you like, invent your own! Entries may be of any genre so long as they are 1000 words or less.
Up until then, I had played Commander Keen, Jazz Jackrabbit, Mario Bros 1-3, BattleToads, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, Dino Hunter, Tappers, Sneakers, Jill of the Jungle, and various arcade games. DooM was so unlike anything I had played before, except of course for Wolfenstein, which I didn't like as much because you had to kill dogs.
When I was a kid, DooM was my heroin.
DooM brought my family together. Neighborhood kids came to our house because we had DooM. Family came from the States and we played DooM. I was scared playing alone so I would listen to Weird Al and play DooM. The sun would glare into the screen so we'd throw a bed-sheet over the monitor and ourselves and play DooM.
I get the full version of DooM and after encountering my first Cacodeamon, I scream, manage to kill it, then pause and run out the room. Clearly I wasn't expecting that.
Dad got sick with cancer and upgraded the hell out of his computer and we played DooM. Dad's second to last Christmas, and he buys me DooM II and the Strategy Guide. (The last three games he got me, for the curious, were Primal Rage, DooM II and Warcraft II). I still have that guide, with all the levels of Arch Viles bookmarked.
I would spend hours going through levels trying to make monsters fight each other. I would warp specifically to Arch Vile levels.
When DooM III came out, I dragged a small child all through the mall just so I could find a copy, then I plunked down 80 dollars for the special edition. I have never done that for any game before or since. I don't think I ever will again.
DooM helped to inspire my sprite comic which I had for a time. Good times.
I saw the movie in theaters and it was one of the worst things I had ever seen. But at least the sets were not bad.
I read two of the novels and found them terrible, but in such an enjoyable way. I started reading the third one, but I'm currently preoccupied with books that are actually good.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="309"] It's A Soup...no really, it's a soup![/caption]
I lent my nephew 20 bucks, he pays me back by buying the DooM III BFG Edition. It's so much more difficult when you can't IDKFA & IDDQD all over the place.
My family plays a game sometimes where we take sticky notes and put words from a category on them and stick them to our forehead, and we have to guess what we are. It was my turn, and the category was "Things Q likes." (it's harder than it sounds.). Among the choices were Valtiel, Pepsi, Game of Thrones, and of course, DooM. The person who got DooM was having an impossible time guessing it. They knew it was a video game and kept guessing "Silent Hill". We all told them "You're going to feel really stupid when you see what it is." and I said "I've played a lot of games in my life." We both played this game when I was a kid so I thought for sure they would get it.
They didn't, and you could see their disappointment in themselves. They knew they should have known that.
Bottom line is, DooM will always have my love and respect. Even if you don't consider how much it did for gaming, for me alone, DooM was like another parent. It was always there when I wanted it to be there.
IDCLIP is for cowards. IDSPISPOPD all the way.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="298"] IDSPISPOPD! (Now I can Walk Through Walls!) Yes you want this shirt. You want it so hard.[/caption]
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