Interview of Bobby Prince

The composer of music of Wolfenstein 3-D, SoD, Doom, Duke Nukem 3-D and other early id Software and Apogee/3DRealms games recently gave an interview to the Cyber Den site.

A very interesting insight to this composing job in the 90s that Bobby regularly explains in his blog, as he’s been retired from the industry for more than once decade.

Wolfenstein 3-D is 25!

The first episode of the shareware version of Wolf3D was released on the 5th of May, 1992, by id Software and Apogee on BBS servers. For the 25 years anniversary of this game, you can read a complete retrospective on the Apogee / 3DRealms website, but also on the blog of Joe Siegler, one of the member of the support staff of Apogee back then, and an interview of Tom Hall – game designer at id Sofware on the game – on Gamasutra. Shacknews has also posted a list of some of the best mods of the game. And you can read the complete story of the game and id Software on the encyclopedia of this site.

3D Realms (Apogee) is back with the 3D Realms Anthology

Since the problems the company had following the chaotic development of Duke Nukem Forever (then transferred by its publisher Take Two to Gearbox Software) and its acquisition by Interceptor Entertainment in March 2014, there was no real news about 3D Realms. But the company recently adopted a new design for its logo and its website, and has announced the release of a new downloadable pack containing 32 old games of its golden age: Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem 1, 2, 3D and Manhattan Project, Shadow Warrior, Commander Keen, Terminal Velocity, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Rise of the Triad, Crystal Caves, Secret Agent, Black Stone, and many others! (but not Max Payne, Prey, or even Doom) All these games are compatible with the most recent Windows systems.

In this pack, you can also find a remastered sountrack for 9 of these games, including Duke Nukem 2 or Shadow Warrior. You can buy it on the 3D Realms website for $39,99 (= 32 euros).

Note that the post announcing the release of this pack has also a very interesting article about the history of 3D Realms: how it was founded by Scott Miller and George Broussard in 1987, how it revolutionized the industry with its shareware model, and how it created plenty of legendary games before collapsing in 2000’s.