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Bethesda

All the Bethesda games are up for pre-order now


Amazon's on it
Jun 15
// Brett Makedonski
Bethesda kicked off E3 2015 with a nice little press conference last night. The stars of the show were Fallout 4, Doom, and Dishonored 2. Each title got a fair chunk of time dedicated to it, so we know what they look like (ev...
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Bethesda.net

Bethesda games gets new hub, called Bethesda.net


One place to rule them all
Jun 14
// Darren Nakamura
At Bethesda's E3 press conference tonight, the publisher announced its new hub Bethesda.net (pronounced without a "dot"). The hub will handle all of Bethesda's online games. The list of games that will go through the centralized hub is shown above, including a lot of big names: Dishonored, Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, The Evil Within, Quake, Wolfenstein, and newcomer Battlecry.
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IDDQD
[Update: watch the trailer here!] Bethesda showed off its first footage for the new Doom today at its inaugural E3 conference in Los Angeles. Executive Producer Marty Stratton took the stage, stating that Doom ...


Review: Shooter

Jun 02 // Nic Rowen
Shooter (Book)Released: June 2, 2015MSRP: $5.00 Shooter is a collection of essays from recognizable names in game criticism speaking on a wide range of topics related to games that involve some kind of gunplay. Some chapters take a deep dive into the mechanical and technical details that make shooters what they are. Steven Wright's “The Joys of Projectiles: What We've Forgotten About Doom” for example, laments the rise of “realistic” modern shooters and how their largely interchangeable hitscan assault rifles have abandoned many of the mechanics that made early FPS games so pleasurable and skill testing. Others are more personal, such as Gita Jackson's touching reflection on how Counter-Strike could be seen as a microcosm of the (seemingly one-sided from her self-deprecating perspective) sibling rivalry she shared with her brother. Shooter strikes a great balance, it never gets so bogged down in technical minutia that it feels like a lecture in game design, but has enough mechanical grounding that it doesn't just become a series of anecdotes either. The games Shooter examines are varied and numerous. Of course genre forebears and trendsetters like Doom, Half-Life and Call of Duty are discussed as you would expect, but there is plenty of attention paid to less bombastically popular titles as well. Genre-defying shooters like Red Orchestra 2 with its brutally unforgiving depiction of realistic combat, and the insidious darkness of Far Cry 2, which sets aside the typical rationales for heroic violence to make the player complicit in something unsettling, get entire chapters dedicated to them. It's a great technique. By examining the few games that step outside of the bounds of typical FPS conventions and power fantasy dynamics and figuring out why they feel so different, it is easier to pinpoint the standard tropes and expectations of the genre that have become so ubiquitous that they are nearly invisible. Perhaps the greatest praise I can give to Shooter is that it made me reexamine and reflect on my feelings about a few games. When a piece of criticism grabs you by the collar and demands you take a second look at something, you know its doing it's job right. Filipe Salgado's chapter on the intentional ugliness and barely contained chaos of Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days almost made me want to play through the game again with a fresh set of eyes -- eyes more willing to see past the clunky mechanics and thoroughly unlikable protagonists to scan for deeper meaning. Almost anyway (this is still Dog Days we're talking about). At its best, Shooter feels like a lively conversation with some very smart people who enjoy, but expect more from, their trigger happy games. Its snappy, intelligent, and occasionally funny. At it's worst, the book veers into the pretentious. At times, it feels less like a conversation and more like an awkward dinner party dominated by a lecturing windbag everyone is too polite to interrupt. Thankfully these rough patches are few and far between. The rest of the book is well worth putting up with the occasional eye-rolling turn of phrase. Mostly though, Shooter feels important. The industry needs more “capital C” Criticism to unravel the subtext and ideas behind the games we love. Games mean something. They impart messages, communicate ideas, either by conscious choice on the part of their developers or by the assumptions they make -- the casual omissions and things taken for granted. We have to start examining these ideas in a mature, intelligent, and yes, academic way. Shooter isn't the first example of this kind of criticism in games writing of course; there have certainly been other books written, and articles penned (on sites like Destructoid, I might add) that dive into these waters. But, it is still very much a nascent field. Video games are a young medium, and we haven't had time to establish a critical tradition like film and literature has. We need to cultivate these voices; the generation of writers that will talk about games in a serious manner in the coming decades. What better way to stake a claim in this new field than to gather a variety of exceptionally talented voices to talk about and critically examine what is generally considered gaming's dumbest, most developmentally arrested genre? The thrill of shooting a Cyber-Demon with a rocket launcher may be obvious and simple, but there is a lot to unpack when you take a closer look.
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Looking at life down the barrel of a gun
Shooters seem simple. You step into the shoes of your typical tough guy space-marine or mercenary and empty clip after clip into the faces of Nazis, or aliens, or alien-Nazis from the vaguely disembodied gun bobbing up and do...

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Old Doom 4

Doom 4 used to look nothing like Doom


So this is why it's taken so long
May 18
// Jordan Devore
Ahead of its full reveal next month, Bethesda let out a couple seconds of footage for the new Doom. It looks cool to the extent that a snippet like this can look cool. Also, crucially, the footage is evocative of the series. ...
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Nuclear Throne teaser

Amazing Nuclear Throne teaser inspired by Doom 4


Fish can lol
May 18
// Nic Rowen
Rami Ismail of Vlambeer was inspired by today's super hot, extra informative Doom 4 teaser to whip up a little something for Nuclear Throne. This tantalizing glimpse of the frenetic early access title (that you can play right now) is a conundrum wrapped in a riddle. I know I'll be spending the rest of the day breaking apart this teaser frame by frame and comparing my findings on reddit.
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Doom 4

Bethesda will show off Doom 4 at E3, have a tease for now


A very quick tease
May 18
// Chris Carter
Next month on June 14 (hey it's like less than a month away) Bethesda will reveal Doom 4. They've said so, it's totally happening guys. Until then you can get a sneak peek at what's to come, including a 10-second teaser that contains roughly 1.5 seconds of actual gameplay footage. I really hope Doom 4 is good.
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Brutal Doom Mod v20.0

Paint it red: Brutal Doom v20.0 gets a release date and a gruesome new trailer


Who's up for a bit more of the old ultra-violence?
Apr 27
// Rob Morrow
Modder SGtMarkIV has released a blood-drenched announcement trailer for the upcoming version 20.0 of his appropriately titled Brutal Doom mod, which is scheduled to release on June 5. According ...
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Bethesda E3

Bethesda's E3 invites could hint at a Fallout 4 reveal


Sometimes what isn't said is most important
Apr 20
// Jed Whitaker
Bethesda, creator of the Elder Scrolls and the newer series of Fallout games, has sent out invites for its E3 press conference that takes place on Sunday, June 14. Pictured on the invite are reserved seats for chara...
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Escalator Pitch
Indie developers make some cool as heck games, but they're not always so great at selling them. We want to them work on their pitch game until they're at Bumgarner levels and we want to take advantage of the the hor...

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Promoted blog

Doom 4 and the 10 unholy commandments


Promoted from the Community Blogs
Mar 11
// El Dango
[El Dango loves himself some Doom, which might explain his apprehension towards the upcoming tentatively titled Doom. I like his reasoning on what could avoid a potentially disastrous release but what do you think? Start a bl...
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InstaDoom

The original Doom gets a 'selfie support' fan mod


InstaDoom adds the narcissism Doom always needed
Feb 15
// Jonathan Holmes
When Doom was first released, at least one person I knew was confused by it. "Where the heck am I? I don't see anyone here at all!" they squawked. "You are the player." 16-year-old me retorted brassily "You have to go around...
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Romero plays Doom

Clear your schedule for this John Romero x Double Fine Let's Play of Doom


Devs Play
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
I've fallen behind on Double Fine's developer-led Let's Play series Devs Play, but I can't resist jumping back in now, order be damned, for the episode about Doom featuring John Romero. The id Software co-founder is joined b...
Softporn II photo
Softporn II

Wolfenstein, Prince of Persia, Softporn II: 2,400 MS-DOS games playable free in-browser


The short-lived adventures of pornman and porngal
Jan 06
// Steven Hansen
The Internet Archive has added to its archive with nearly 2,400 MS-DOS games that are all playable right in your browser, right here. I've flitted between between Prince of Persia, Donkey Kong, and Aladdin within minutes...
Doom behind the scenes photo
Doom behind the scenes

Let's look at some cool behind-the-scenes pictures of Doom


Romero brought presents
Dec 11
// Jordan Devore
In celebration of Doom's 21st birthday, Brett shared a personal anecdote about how the iconic game came into his life at an early age and refused to leave. He didn't include Doomguy's midriff in the article, much to my chagri...

Happy 21st anniversary to the most important FPS in my life

Dec 10 // Brett Makedonski
By the time my birthday rolled around, there was only one thing I wanted -- Final Doom. My parents delivered and then some, as I unwrapped both Final Doom and Doom II that year. The latter held a bit more shock value as it had me staring down John Romero's severed head and murdering childhood figure Commander Keen. Doom was also my introduction to online play. Again, kind of. My computer-savvy uncle worked some networking magic to make it so that friend and I could play Final Doom over the phone line from our respective houses. In hindsight, one-on-one deathmatch wasn't the most thrilling multiplayer, but at the time, it felt like the future. The funny thing is, there are many ways this story could've gone differently. Right around the same time as my introduction to Doom, GoldenEye 64 came out. If I had played that first, it may have significantly diminished my love for Doom. The same can be said for other first-person shooters such as Wolfenstein. But, as it stands, Doom was foot in the door to FPS games and the world of PC gaming. Suddenly, my Sega Genesis seemed a bit dated. Just like Chris last year, it's impossible to deny what an effect Doom had on my life. It may not have been Doom proper that I played over and over, but it obviously laid all the groundwork for those future titles that I loved so much. It wasn't until years later that I tried the original Doom, but the sentiment held up, much to my delight. Now that you're of age, let me buy you a beer, Doom. It's the least I can do. [Image]
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Here's lookin' at you, Doom
My, how time flies. Today, we're 21 years removed from the launch of one of the most influential videogames ever, Doom. It may not have been the original first-person shooter, but it was certainly the most important one in my...

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Total Chaos Mod

Total Chaos is an open-world survival horror mod for Doom II


Wad'a'Holic's total conversion isn't the Doom II you remember
Nov 30
// Rob Morrow
One of my favorite things about PC gaming has to be the vibrant modding scene. It seems that creative modders are always coming up with something new and unexpected to do to our favorite titles. Whether it's a...
Doom II art photo
Doom II art

Doom II's Icon of Sin immortalized as a badass statue


John Romero's decapitated head is hidden in there
Oct 27
// Jordan Devore
What's your first reaction to this sculpture based on Doom II's last level, Icon of Sin? If it's "Holy shit, I don't know where to look but everywhere I look is crazy impressive," we're a lot alike. Artist Jason Hite put toge...
LEGO Doom photo
LEGO Doom

This fan-made LEGO Doom set is amazing


Dead Imps everywhere!
Sep 30
// Chris Carter
LEGO enthusiast Iain Heath has created a giant rendition of Doom, and it looks pretty damn masterful. He not only has a ton of details like ammo on the ground and dead imps, but he even goes as far as pixelating some of the ...
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Mods

There's a Donkey Kong Country mod for Doom


Demo now playable
Sep 11
// Jordan Devore
I sometimes forget just how crazy Doom modders can get. Here's a firm reminder. This is a total-conversion mod by DooMero that, well, you see ... it's the Donkey Kong Country experience rebuilt in GZDoom. Which is to say it'...
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This one's for you, Morph.
Today there are a bunch of new trailers for games like Assassin's Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and The Last of Us Remastered (which is on sale) but Bill and I would rather talk about superhero cartoons from twenty years ago, and guns we can't remember the names of in Unreal Tournament. 

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Try not to rip off any arms in anticipation
As we reported earlier today, attendees of QuakeCon last week were treated to a sneak peak of id Software's upcoming interplanetary demon slaughterfest, simply title Doom. Word came in from Doom publisher Bethesda that the l...

Id & Doom (& abs) photo
Id & Doom (& abs)

Don't expect to see any Doom until 2015


QuakeCon footage just meant to appease fans
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
QuakeCon attendees got to see some Doom footage. Anyone streaming was said "good-bye" to as the stream cut out. Bethesda Softworks VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines told PC Gamer that the new Doom just isn...
Doom photo
Doom

We can't see the new Doom yet, but it sounds like a return to form


'A demon just ripped the player's arms off and beat him to death with them'
Jul 17
// Jordan Devore
Bethesda said its big reveal of Doom -- that is in fact "Doom," not "Doom 4" -- at QuakeCon would be for attendees only, not for us Internet ne'er-do-wells, but I still watched the QuakeCon stream like a sucker, anyway. When ...
Doom photo
Doom

Upcoming Doom sneak peek is only meant for QuakeCon attendees


We'll see about that
Jul 02
// Jordan Devore
The teaser trailer for Doom (4) didn't do much for me, but I'm looking forward to the long-awaited reveal. We'll see more of the game at this year's QuakeCon, set to take place in Dallas, Texas from July 17 - 20, or so I thou...
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id Software

Check out this trip down memory lane with id Software


Ah, memories
Jun 30
// Brittany Vincent
I was barely old enough to game in 1993, let alone take trips to id Software for office tours. That's why I'm so jealous of one Dan Linton, owner of a wildly successful BBS known as Software Creation, who took a trip down to...
Doom photo
Doom

Did You Know Gaming tackles Doom


Everything from movie to music references
Jun 30
// Chris Carter
I grew up with FPS games like Catacomb, Wolfenstein, and Doom, so this episode of Did You Know Gaming is a real treat. It goes over pretty much everything from the origins of the game, the origins of the name, and most of th...
Doom photo
Hey there, good-lookin'!
Oh, sweet Cyberdemon. It's been far too long since I danced with thee. And now you're looking so very...refreshed. You've had a facelift. Even though you're a little bit older than the last time we met, you're still just as ...

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Wolfenstein: TNO

Pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order on Steam and wear swanky hats in TF2


Deck yourself out in some sweet new hats for buying early
Apr 16
// Brittany Vincent
Wolfenstein: The New Order is up for pre-order on Steam, and while my finger is hovering over the mouse to pull the trigger and make it Steam official, here's an interesting tidbit that might sway you into giving it a chance ...
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Molyneux

Enjoy the indie craze whilst it lasts, says Peter Molyneux


Just as well he's still in bed with Microsoft, eh? Oh wait...
Mar 26
// Alasdair Duncan
Peter Molyneux is at it again, this time saying that the recent indie game boom of the last few years isn't going to last. Sound the doom sirens! Speaking to CVG, Molyneux explained, "These things go in cycles, what I'd say i...

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