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Doom

2 years ago

OMDO turns DOOM into a Magic Eye puzzle

I’m not sure about you lot, but I’m always worried that my eyes aren’t getting enough of a work out when I’m playing games. OMDO, then, might be exactly what I need to help me shed excess eye weight. It’s DOOM, but every frame is a autostereogram, hiding the screen inside a wall of dots. To see anything, your eyes will need to get off…

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New Doom movie looks like Doom and the other Doom movie

Bulgaria is apparently the new home to Hell, as Universal Studios has just wrapped shooting there for a new Doom movie. Is it a sequel to the Doom movie that they made in 2005? Is it a redo of the game's story? If so, which of the many Dooms is it? Is it perchance based on the series of novel in 90s where the Mormons…

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3 years ago

Cute platformer The Forestale is secretly… Doom, kinda?

Taken at face value The Forestale by solo indie dev Yorzh Aleksey isn't a particularly noteworthy game. A fairly standard 2.5D platformer, currently slated for release on Steam. It seems decent enough in a early 2000's kinda way, but the game itself isn't the interesting bit.No, what makes The Forestale fascinating is that it's a full indie platformer developed entirely in the GZDoom engine. Yes, that GZDoom…

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Odd heroes join Quake Champions, official and otherwise

Quake Champions: So nice, they made it twice. We all know about Bethesda/Id's revival of the arena shooter franchise, but don't go overlooking the Doom community's impressive QC:DE project, adapting the formula of the game to a more old-school engine with its own fresh collection of playable characters. This week, both got significant updates.On Bethesda's side of the fence, the game now lets you be…

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The Adventures of Square is a must-play free retro FPS

The moon is made of cheese, and The Adventures of Square is at least 80% terrible geometry puns by weight, so an ideal candidate for RPS coverage. Built on the open-source GZDoom engine by BigBrik, a team of the best and brightest in the Doom modding scene, this free FPS borrows inspiration from old-school shooters far and wide but also feels like the missing link between…

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Dodge fireballs forever in a neural net’s Doom nightmare

This isn't Doom. It's a neural net's hallucination, based on a visual memory of Doom, played eternally by an AI agent tasked with surviving a growing deluge of imagined fireballs. You can take over with mouse or keyboard, if you'd like, and see how long you can survive the dream.Created as part of a research project on 'dream' learning for AIs, we have the opportunity to…

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QC:DE brings modern-style arena FPS thrills to Doom 2

It should almost go without saying now that Doom 2 is all things to all people, in the most literal sense. Thanks to 25 years of evolution in modding tools, it's Donkey Kong, Resident Evil and even Heroes of Might & Magic now, among other things.The latest game to be swallowed by the all-consuming vortex of creativity that is the GZDoom-powered mod scene is Quake…

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Doom turns philosophical in The Revenant Problem

A classic Doom 2 combat scenario: A Revenant (its chaotic nature making it one of the most agitating skeletal foes in gaming history) runs headlong down a track. If it reaches its destination, it will inadvertently kill five Imps. If you choose to divert it, it will only kill one. What do you decide?Okay, it's not much of a question - more Imp-murder is always good -…

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Room-deep in the dead: DOOM VFR out today

Lest 2017 didn't already feel like the year in which everything happened all the time constantly, also joining the fray is Bethesda's three-pronged attempt to adapt their biggest games into virtual reality. Skyrim VR is PS4 exclusive for now, Fallout VR arrives on Steam in a fortnight, and DOOM VFR - well, that's today. Prepare for Cacovision.

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High Noon Drifter brings Doom to the Weird West

One of the best things about Doom is that there's a version of it for everybody. If you like your weapons a little more old-school and your Westerns thoroughly Weird, then High Noon Drifter might just be what you're looking for in a retro FPS.It's High Noon (or was when I was writing this), so dust off your hat and slip into the well-worn cowboy…

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Castlevania: Simon’s Destiny is a treat of a Doom mod

Skeleton Appreciation Month has been, gone and shuffled back off to its grave, but I figure we can afford to extend the spooky festivities just a little while longer, especially with gems like this having snuck out in the final hours of October.Castlevania: Simon's Destiny was released on Halloween day, and is a genuinely impressive fan-game, remaking the entirety of the original NES game in…

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Brutal Doom’s latest beta remixes the classics

Brutal Doom in a nutshell: Doom 2's familiar (iconic?) Icon Of Sin battle re-purposed into the very image of heavy metal excess; No longer just a wall texture, the monster bobs and sways, protruding out from a wall of giant intestines surrounded by torrents of blood pouring into the arena, all whilst the player gracefully extends a middle finger on each hand.It's been nearly two…

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Skulldash brings high-pressure arcade thrills to Doom

This is Doom. You know this. The rhythms have been burnt into your DNA by this point: Gun, demons, maze, exit. Now add a ticking time limit forcing careful target prioritisation and precise movement and a level full of floating tokens which require collection (most of them, at least) before the exit will reveal itself. This is Skulldash: Expanded Edition, a massive mod re-released for the GZDoom engine…

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Feature: Plus: brief impressions of Doom VFR

Bethesda’s Hines on VR: “It’s something all of our studios are looking at and talking about”

A couple of weeks back - when I also went hands-on with both Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2 - I goggled up and gave the upcoming VR version of 2016's Doom a spin, as well as bearing witness to other folks' flailing and giggling in Skyrim VR and Fallout VR. Bethesda's triptych of 3D ultravision spin-offs are due before the…

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Idle Doom mod turns Doom 2 into an idle game

The thrills of gibbing demons and sitting still watching numbers go up combine in Idle Doom, a mod turning id Software's seminal face-paced FPS into an idle game where you watch a machine kill monsters so you can upgrade to a bigger monster-killing machine. It is exactly what it sounds like: a Doom idle game. It's just the ticket for people who want to feel…

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Bethesda jack in for Doom VFR and Fallout 4 VR this year

The promised VR version of Fallout 4 [official site] will arrive in October for Vive cybergoggs, Bethesda announced during last night's E3-o-rama. Curiously, Fallout 4 VR [official site] is a separate game rather than an update or add-on - one which will cost twice as much as regular Fallout 4 does.Bethesda also formally announced Doom VFR [official site], a standalone Doom game made expressly for…

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4 years ago

Doom helpers Escalation Studios join ZeniMax

ZeniMax Media have bought Escalation Studios, the texan mob who most recently chipped in on the cracking new Doom. Escalation join a lineup which includes, among others, the Elder Scrolls and Fallout mob of Bethesda, the Dishonored devs Arkane, the Doomlords and Quakers at id Software, nu-Wolfenstein gang MachineGames, Evil Within devs crew Tango Gameworks, and- strewth, that's quite a stable! ZeniMax don't mention any…

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You Asked For It: The Steam Charts Return

Out with the old, in with the new. By which I mean 'and our weekly Steam Charts, showing the ten games which sold best over the previous week, returns - replete with most of the same names as last year.' SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND?Welcome back.

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