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There's a DOOM III Q&A on GameSpot where they catch up with id Software's Tim Willits, lead designer on the upcoming remake of their seminal first-person shooter. They include a quite groovy new screenshot, and discuss the game's single-player play, as well as what sort of multiplayer support is planned. One of Tim's answers offers hope for the return to preeminence of one of the mainstays of the DOOM/DOOM II arsenal:

All the weapons in Doom III are fun to use, and each one serves a purpose in the game, depending on the situation the player is in, but I think my overall personal favorite is still the shotgun. It has a wide range of uses--good for picking bad guys off from a distance, and great for those in-your-face battles. When I have it up, I can almost feel it in my hands, the heavy metal feel and the feedback I get when I fire it right on. When I run out of shotgun ammo, I really begin to get scared.

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134. Reply to Xombie Chainsaws in doom! lame May 3, 2003, 14:49 Fusion
did you ever play the original doom maps dude? there were freakin trees everywhere. I don't give a rats ass about the scientific explaination.. i was merely speculating a possible way id could do it without actually doing the research. And if Mars was Terraformed, they would need to cut down trees, as they would grow normally as they do on Earth.

PLAY THE ORIGINAL DOOM. There is obviously an atmosphere, trees, grass and such, if you don't know that, you're not a doomer. I realize it has never been explained why by Id, but hopefully they'll realize this in Doom3.

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Re: Reply to wasrad- Chainsaws in doom! lame May 2, 00:16 Xombie

Umm, Doom1 and Doom2 both had trees. Did it ever occur to you,Trees could be used as an oxygen supply. Or even the entire atmosphere on mars has changed due to the advances in technology supporting life?

"No. Only young forests act as carbon sponges. Trees eventually become old growth, which don't. If they were going to terraform, they would more likely be planting grass or moss. So if you're going to use that argument, there should be a weedwacker instead of a chainsaw. And I think we can both agree that would be just as silly.
And no, since trees are not indiginous to mars, they would not just start growing there. Just like lawn grass never grew in America until it was brought over."

Xombie x0mbie x0mb|e Xombie

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