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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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15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 10, 2010, 17:06 MeanJim
A lot of my best friends I met because of Doom. Back before we had the internet, there was a local BBS. It didn't have much on it, but on the logoff page there was a place to post a message for others to see when the logged off. One day I posted my phone number and said to call if you want to play some Doom DM. One guy called, we dialed up and played for a couple of hours. I was using the mouse to play, and I could tell he used the keyboard. I totally smoked him, he didn't get a single kill the whole night. I never heard from that guy again.

Another guy called later, who was pretty evenly matched with me. There were a few more, and eventually we all knew each other through Doom. This eventually led to our first LAN party, a whopping four of us playing Doom and Duke3D.

Eventually the internet came, the BBS shut down, Quake replaced Doom & Duke3D, but we continued to grow. A couple of them opened a computer business together, and we started having LAN parties every weekend at their store. We never advertised it, it just spread by word of mouth. Every weekend we just showed up with our computers. New people would find out and show up. For a while we were having 12 to 20 people showing up every weekend. Those were the good old days.
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