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Wolfenstein 3D

2 months ago

Feature: Canonically Jewish

B.J. Blazkowicz and the need for more diverse Jewish characters

For a series built around the deconstruction of Aryan bodies, it’s taken a long time for players to take the hint that Wolfenstein’s ubermensch William Blazkowicz is Jewish. That hesitation betrays our definitions of Jewish identity as old-fashioned, and also reflects that the few prominent Jewish characters in games play into and reinforce stereotypes. While Blazkowicz is the most high profile character to break the…

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6 months ago

Shadow & Rise Of The Wool Ball turn Wolfenstein cute

Well done, everyone. Between the festival of catharsis that was Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and Call Of Duty's return to World War 2, we've officially put shooting virtual fascists back on the menu. Jolly good show. Still hungry to grind some more into kibble? Here's a couple of free treats to keep you going until Wolfenstein 3. Granted, the goose-stepping villains in Doom mod Shadow of The Wool…

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2 years ago

Feature:

Have You Played… Wolfenstein 3D?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I've been trying to remember whether I had some sense when I first played Wolfenstein 3D that I really, truly was playing the future of videogames. It did seem landmark, but back then, age 12 or 13, every new game seemed landmark to…

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Blade Of Agony Is An Incredible ‘WolfenDoom’ Mod

Do you remember a time when Wolfenstein hero B.J. Blazkowicz was a grinning, bum-chinned sprite with shiny blue twinklers rather than a morose sad-eyed man in a broken world? I've enjoyed several versions of Wolfenstein over the years, and perhaps none more so than The New Order, but I'm still fond of the first 3d title in the series. And I fucking love Doom. What…

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3 years ago

Batman Swings Into Wolfenstein 3D With New Mod

Some folks seem surprised that Doom levels and mods are still being made but, as Andrew Lloyd Webber taught us, love never dies. People are still making Wolfenstein 3D mods, you know. Why, just the other week, a new Wolfenstein total conversion came out! I point out Batman: No Man's Land [ModDB page] partially because I smiled seeing a new Wolf3D mod pop up in…

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4 years ago

Super Wolfenstein HD Relives Classic In Ridicul-O-Vision

The last time I tried to play the original Wolfenstein 3D was a few years back, on a netbook. It seemed like a good idea at the time. About half an hour later my contorted, shrivelled fingers revolted, crawled out of their sockets and attempted to end me. They failed, of course, because fingers detached from hands cannot exert significant pressure. So it is that…

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Biblical Action: Super Noah’s Ark 3D

I'm fascinated by attempts to remove violence from first-person shooters. One Wolfenstein 3D mod replaces enemies with giant coloured marbles and turns hanging skeletons to hanging pot plants, yet leaves in all the Nazi symbolism "in order to keep the original 'spirit' of the game." That is, I think, a serious attempt at de-violenceing. More jokey is Happy Doom, where "you are a little boy…

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5 years ago

Wolfenstein Videogame Announcement Bingo

Word on the grapevine (Twitter) has it that there'll be some big, noisy game announcement at 2pm, but at the time of writing I have no idea what it would be because no-one tells me anything. Probably because RPS has insulted pretty much everyone by now, but oh well. In the aim of providing vaguely timely news, I have pre-written the below post ready to…

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6 years ago

So The Wolfenstein Movie’s A Thing Again

It's been interesting to watch Disney's Wreck-It Ralph get showered with acclaim for being "the best videogame movie ever." I say that because, well, "best videogame movie ever" doesn't really mean anything. Heck, most announced films based heavily around games have yet to even reach a point where they could safely be called "existent" - let alone "good." World of Warcraft, Mass Effect, Deus Ex,…

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MEIN LEBEN! Wolfenstein 3D In Your Browser, Free

Good heavens, Saturday was the 20th anniversary of Wolfenstein 3D. That makes us all older than the oldest oak tree. The classic robo-Nazi-shooting FPS is credited with having made the first-person shooter a thing that people knew existed, and if you've played it recently, you'll know it's still brilliant. You haven't played it recently? Oh, well now you can.

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10 years ago