Two decades ago a demon infestation changed the way we play games. Doom was first launched 20 years ago today, and while it wasn’t the first game to let you play from a first-person perspective, it was the game the ushered the FPS genre into the mass consciousness. Today the likes of Halo and Call of Duty dominate sales charts, but it wasn’t until Doom that people really saw the potential of a 3D game played from a first-person point of view — and that changed the kinds of games people started making. “The genre of FPS is probably the most important thing that happened with Doom,” says lead programmer and id Software co-founder John Carmack. “Probably even broader, though, is all of the people that Doom influenced — how many people decided that, after they saw this, they wanted to do something like this.”
Paul Higgins: Very funny given I have just finished reading The Everything Store which in part looks at the relationship between Walmart and AmazonBentonville, AR — Walmart today announced plans to install mini surface-to-air missile batteries on the rooftops of all 4,786 store locations across the United States. The missiles will exclusively target Amazon Prime Air drones. The new concept called…
Gift cards disappear in 10 minutes; 130 firearms turned in
I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Winamp, the first MP3 player I ever used. At some point in the late 1990s, I recall downloading my first MP3 — “Circles” by Soul Coughing — and firing up Winamp and being absolutely amazed. A piece of software, on my computer, was playing music without any sort of physical media present. It was so obviously the future.
And it really did whip the llama’s ass (bonus points to Frederic Lardinois for an excellent and appropriate title).
Travel in a straight line between New York and San Francisco and you might find a strange set of concrete arrows on the ground. The arrows — set into anonymous hillsides and nondescript scrubland — were laid down by the US Postal Service in the 1920s. Prior to the invention of radar and other modern flight planning implements, pilots would have difficulty navigating the coast-to-coast route over the American midwest: the arrows, when combined with a fifty foot tower and a powerful gas light, would help them find their way.