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Happy birthday DOOM, as it was on this day in 1993 that id Software's seminal first-person shooter was first released, and I will definitely be playing some of the grand old game today to celebrate. Out of curiosity, I installed the original shareware version on a Vista machine, which doesn't run, though it may be able be coaxed into action with a little work. That installation process also served as a startling reminder of the good old days of DOS gaming, as the installer asks for your music card, its port address, your sound FX device, its port address, its (shudder) IRQ, and its DMA channel, and of course you must configure your controls before launching the game. The only thing that could make that trip down 640K memory lane more complete would be to install a modem and start messing with init strings.

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22. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 11, 2010, 03:04 Hoop
Argh ... just watched the opening sequence to Saving Private Ryan. Yet again same result, dumb silence. Theres really nothing you can say to that amazing visceral movie genius, a fitting tribute to those that were there & the camera men that made miles of camera footage only for it to be lost to the depths on the day.
I know we are celebrating Doom & the early days of gaming online but I will say I have had moments in recent online gaming that have just left me thinking, fuck how far things have come.
Medal of honor online play made by DICE is not that far removed from like being inserted in the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan most of the time also helped by 5.1 sound making it an incredibly visceral gaming experience.
Who ever thought I wonder if these games will ever reach the point where its like being in a movie?
I really have had that question answered of late.

This comment was edited on Dec 11, 2010, 03:11.
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