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.

Interview of John Romero and Kevin Cloud by noclip

noclip did an extensive interview of John Romero about his career and his new home in Ireland. Subscribers to the patreon of noclip can also watch a very interesting tour of the huge collections of old games and pieces of software history that John gathered or created across time.

noclip did also an interview of the last of the founder members of id Software still in the company, Kevin Cloud, about his career and the new Doom game.

You can also watch other videos about Doom with extended interviews of the development team.

 

Preorder Doom and get Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

If you bought Wolfenstein: The New Order, you might have received an access to the closed multiplayer beta of the game. Now, by preordering the game Doom on Steam, you can also get Wolfenstein: The Old Blood for free!

Even if the multiplayer of Doom was disappointing for some people as it was quite slow, the solo game on PC with a keyboard and a mouse seems very promising!

Doom will be released on the 13th of May on PC and consoles (XBox One and PS4).

Play the next Doom alpha thanks to Wolfenstein: The New Order

If you bought Wolfenstein: The New Order before the 26th of May 2014, you can subscribe to the internal alpha test of the multiplayer part of the upcoming Doom game, as explained in the picture below:

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The selection of players will be very limited for the alpha test, but not for the beta, which will be more widely opened to all those who bought Wolfenstein: The New Order. With this test, id Software and Bethesda will verify that the servers and the game can handle a massive load of players without any technical issues – which might not be the case, as we’re still in alpha stage!

The official site of Doom indicates that the test will be done on the industrial-themed map “Heatwave” in a 6 vs 6 team deathmatch, where one player might be turned into the Revenant demon and chase other players, who will fight him using 6 weapons – including the powerful Gauss Cannon – and 2 equipment items (see the full list on the official site).

We can definitely assume that such multiplayer games will be great when we see some footage from the solo game!

 

John Romero talks about Doom levels and development

John Romero has recently been the guest of the “Devs Play” video series, where some famous developers talk about their best games while playing at them. Here, John is not playing Wolfenstein 3-D but its next game, Doom, while talking to JP LeBreton, who worked on Bioshock and other games.

Polygon described this series of video as “pornography for game designers”, as John give very insightful and precious advice on the level design of such an iconic game, and what were the rules he had while creating all these levels (for instance, start the mid-game levels, and do the first and last levels at the end, because they are very important and require that you’re very trained and inspired before creating them).

 

If you want to know more about the development of Doom, you should watch the great presentation John and Tom Hall did at GDC 2011 too. There is also a great article from Gamasutra called “Monsters from the Id: The Making of Doom”, this interview with Develop about FPS, and obviously a book called “Masters of Doom” – going from the early 80’s to the beginning of 2000’s, Wolf3D included.