Original Doom Co-Creator Releases New Level 21 Years Later

Original Doom pic
Original Doom
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Not only is Fabian Samuel the COO of Indfrag Limited of Bangalore, India, he is also the co-founder of the League of Extraordinary Gamers, a premier PC and console gaming center, also in Bangalore. As an avid gamer himself, one of Fabian Samuel’s favorite genres is the first-person shooter, often called FPS games. The genre gained popularity in the ’90s with games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake. The co-designer of all three games, John Romero, has recently released his first new level for 1993’s Doom in 21 years.

Doom was released for the PC in 1993 from id Software. The story centers around a marine on Mars fighting back the demonic forces that have taken over the red planet. The game’s co-creator, John Romero, left id Software in 1996 and had not worked on Doom since. That is, until January 2016, 21 years after he last worked on the game.

The developer announced via Twitter that he had created a new level of the game, titled, “Tech Gone Bad.” Players can either play the level directly in their Web browser or by installing the level into the original game, with the latter option offering smoother performance. The Guardian praises the level, saying playing it “feels like saying hello to an old friend.” The new level hopes to reintroduce some of the challenge lacking in modern FPS games. Instead of checkpoints to save your progress every few minutes or before big battles, players have to beat this level from start to finish, as dying returns you to the very beginning.

The new level’s release coincides with another major Doom release this year, with id Software and Bethesda rebooting the series for modern consoles and PCs.

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