10 Years Ago today ... Doom invaded computers

December 10 2003

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Early in the morning on December, 10th, 1993, John Romero and the rest of id Software uploaded Doom shareware to a University in Wisconsin's BBS. Within hours, it spread across the country, to AOL, and to the world. Within days, people were using words like 'fragged' and talking smack while battling others in Deathmatch. Companies and Schools banned the game for bringing down networks.

Its amazing to think that it has been 10 years since Doom was released. Doom not only changed computer games forever, but it launched a new industry. It made 'modding' games a reality. So much of gaming, and computer technology, has been touched by Doom.

My first experience was in my apartment. I was still working at Artron, just starting to get in to Ami Pro macro development. A friend told me about this new game that I had to just try. After downloading it via AOL for hours, I played it with the lights off and the speakers cranked. I remember falling out of my chair in shock when I met the first Baron of Hell. And just being scared silly the first time you met the CyberDemon. And when that friend brought over his computer and my first game of deathmatch ... a screen full of red. Between Doom and Ami Pro, my life changed. Scary as that is to admit :)

Enjoy some Doom nostalgia and get read for Doom3! And for those that are into sharing, use comments to share your first experience with Doom!

(image from gamespy.com)