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.

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.

 

Wolf3D on GameBoy Color!

Wolfenstein 3-D and Doom are regularly subject to porting on various exotic platforms as a technical challenge, like Doom on calculators, printers or even on the Touch Bar of the new MacBook Pro!

But this time, it’s Wolf3D that has been ported on a platform that has never been intended to make it run: the GameBoy Color! Wolf3D had already been published on the GameBoy Advance (GBA) a long time ago, but never on the older handheld console.

And as you can see, the result is very good!

But as the hardware of the console was far too slow to make it run, a modder called Anders Granlund got the idea to add an ARM processor to the cartridge itself in order to handle the graphic processing. You can read more technical details about this amazing job on his site.

3 records for id Software

During the Gamescom in August, id Software was awarded by the Guinness Book for 3 particular records:

  • longest-running FPS developer
  • longest-running FPS series (Wolfenstein)
  • longest-running eSports tournament (QuakeCon)

Obviously, no other company could win these records, as id Software created the FPS genre back in the 90s, as explained in the video below:

Unfortunately, during the Gamescom or the QuakeCon just before, no new information was given about a new Wolfenstein game.

Life after “Master of Doom”

The author of the great book “Master of Doom”, David Kushner, about the life and career of John Romero and John Carmack from the late seventies to the beginning of the 2000s, has posted a new article about these two legendary developers, and their life after the era of the book, until now.

From the ashes of Ion Storm to the recent campaign of Romero on kickstarter for BLACKROOM, and the departure of Carmack from id Sofware to become the CTO of Oculus and create new VR headsets, you can discover how they managed to continue their career after creating some of the most important games in the industry.

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).

John Romero and Adrian Carmack launch a kickstarter campaign… and cancel it!

John Romero and Adrian Carmack have revealed last monday the name of the project they were working on: BLACKROOM.

They’ve started last Monday a kickstarter campaign based on the concept of a fast multiplayer first-person shooter game taking place in a holographic world, using the Unreal Engine 4. But without any live gameplay demo to show that concept in action, their campaign was quite ill-fated, as they were asking for 700.000 dollars – which is quite realistic for the development of a game during several months in a small team, but a very high amount when you have only some ideas and concepts. But as they received only more than 100k after some days, and the trend was not very good, they decided to stop the campaign and work on a demo of the game before restarting it. Good luck to them!

John Romero and Adrian Carmack tease a new FPS, John Carmack honoured

John Romero and Adrian Carmack are back together in order to create a new first-person shooter game! They had already worked together at id Sofware on games like Doom, Quake and obviously Wolfenstein 3-D, and have always kept in touch since. But Adrian left id in 2005, and sued the company in court afterwards for some forced stakes sales. He retired from the video game industry, and became the manager of an hotel in Ireland.

And in 2015, John Romero moved to Ireland in order to found his new company – Night Work Games – with his wife Brenda Romero and apparently Adrian, and create a new FPS – his first one since Quake in 1996, before he left id Software, and Daïkatana in 2000. John and Adrian have just posted a video teasing this new game – which will be officially announced next Monday!

 

John Carmack won’t be part of the project. He’s still working as the CTO of Oculus on their virtual-reality headsets, and received recently a BAFTA Fellowship award for his “outstanding and exceptional contribution to video games”. Here’s his brilliant acceptance speech (transcript here):

25 years of id Software!

John Romero has celebrated Monday on his facebook page the 25th anniversary of the founding of id Software.

HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY id Software! It’s incredible to think that the little 4-person company we founded has grown into a 100+ person studio, and even more amazing that the studio is still working on our 22-year old franchise – still bringing the high-tech and fast action we started with. Thank you, everyone at id, for carrying the torch.

To celebrate, let’s all listen to one of the most prolific and talented metal guitarists in history, Buckethead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFrMdQMIqBs

Some of his colleague from that era also added some comments to his post, like Tom Hall:

What a long, strange, awesome trip it’s been. 🙂

And Scott Miller, from their publisher Apogee, who argued about the exact founding date of the studio:

My paperwork in my files shows that I made an agreement with Id in 1990, which would be 26 years ago!

… with John Romero answering:

We’re going by the official DAY 1, full-time, all-day, id Software. Not the sneaking-around, clandestine, Keen-making, IFD-turned-id that we remember. See, this first letter even says so… (picture from the letter)

… and Scott:

True, but Commander Keen was released in Dec 1990, as an “Id Software” game. So that would seem to make it official. But, there are numerous ways to pick the official date, like the actual date the company was legally filed.

If you want to learn more about this epic era, you can read the page explaining the story of the studio on this site, or read the book “Master of Doom”.

Here is a gallery of pictures of that period:

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Note that this happens two weeks after John released his first map for the original Doom game after 21 years – as an warmup for his new FPS to come!