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id Software In 30 Days


So to prep myself for Rage on October 4th, I've decided to do a playthrough of every single id Software game, developed or published. It's about 32 games in 30 days, and with each game estimated at 8 hours, will take 256 hours to complete. Why am I doing this? Because id Software made me the gamer I am today. Plus bragging rights so I can get all the bitches. I'll be updating this blog entry with every game I beat, and how my brain is holding up as this will be a tedious task for sure. So while there's not a whole lot of text going on now, it should grow day by day into something worthwhile (hopefully).

So the order of the games I plan on doing is every id Software developed game in chronological order (Excluding their Softdisk games, since there's no soul in those games). Then every id Software published game, but we'll get to that later. So my playlist looks like this - Commander Keen 1-6 + Keen Dreams, Wolfenstein 3D + Spear of Destiny, Ultimate DOOM, DOOM II + Master Levels for DOOM II + Final DOOM, Quake, Quake II, Quake III Arena + Quake III Team arena, DOOM 3, Quake Live, Rage HD. Now with the exception of Quake III and Quake Live (Since they're just fragfests), that's 17 playthroughs alone, wow!

Now I was planning to start this at midnight last night to maximize my time efficiency, I was busy winning at Munchkin with my buddies, so after a full half day of sleep, I'm ready to crack into this. First game up on the list is...
Commander Keen Episode 1: Marooned on Mars
Start time: 1PM
End time: 1:20 PM
These used to take me a few hours to beat, and I just rampaged through this in 20 minutes. Can't help but feel a little dissatisfied. Oh well, 6 more Keens to go!

Commander Keen Episode 2: The Earth Explodes
Start time: 1:25 PM
End time: 2:09 PM
This game kicked my ass at two parts, reducing me down to my last 2 Keens before completion. Difficulty curve definitely went up by a good margin. If the rest of the series continues like this, I might not finish 5 or 6. We'll see.

Commander Keen Episode 3: Keen Must Die
Start time: 2:15 PM
End time: 3:03 PM
The crunching, I can't take it anymore. I'm referring to the sound Keen makes when he walks. Since the game is 21 years old, the audio certainly shows it's age as his footsteps sound like crunchcrunch, crunchcrunch, crunchcrunch, crunchcrunch. I muted the game for 5 minutes just to give my ears a break. Also, jumping on clouds and riding dinosaurs FTW. Oh, and getting a "Big V" is cool to, if you know what I mean.

Commander Keen Episode 4: Secret of the Oracle
Start time: 3:10 PM
End time: 4:18 PM
What's that? Trouble's brewing and old guys are missing? Fuck off, I'm playing Paddlewar! This was the game I remember from Commander Keen, with Paddlewar!, the ability to grab ledges, 16 bit design, and most importantly, the audio of his footsteps was taken out. No more crunchcrunch!

Commander Keen Episode 5: The Armageddon Machine
Start time: 4:25 PM
End time: 4:57 PM
Unfortunately Steam only has episodes 1-5, so I'm getting the last episode (and Keen Dreams) through other means. But for now I'm taking a break from the old school and playing some TF2 for a bit before returning to finishing Keen by tonight. That's right, I'm taking a break from gaming, by playing more games. Makes sense, don't it?

Commander Keen Episode 6: Aliens Ate My Babysitter
Start time: 5:55 PM
End time: 7:12 PM
Definitely the longest one yet, but after spending 6 hours playing the games, I just breezed through most of the levels. Starting to feel a bit burned out, at least for Keen, but there's one last one to beat, so might as well get it out of the way.

Commander Keen in Keen Dreams
Start: 7:15 PM
End: 7: 27
Walking bucktoothed hash browns? Check. With shotguns? Check. Who turns into flowers when I shoot them? What. The. Fuck. I didn't think I'd clear a game quicker than 20 minutes, to be honest. But Commander Keen is out of the way. I always loved the fourth game, and until today, it was the only Keen game I had beaten. Now I can officially say I've bested them all in one sitting, hurrah!. Goodbye Commander Keen, until we meet again!

Wolfenstein 3D
Start time: 8:00 PM
End time: 9:18 PM
I used to speedrun this when I was in high school, but my memory failed me on a handful of times. I was expecting to have this done in under an hour, oh well. Another game checked off, off to the next!

Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny
Start time: 9:30 PM
End time: 10:26 PM
Thought it would take me longer than Wolf3D since I've only played this once before, but I'm happy with the result. I'm going to see if I can squeeze DOOM in before midnight. I don't expect this to take long as I know that game like the back of my hand.

The Ultimate DOOM
Start time: 10:35 PM
End time: 11:15 PM
Average of 10 minutes per episode as I thought, but now I think it's time for a break before I tackle DOOM II, Masters Levels and Final DOOM, that'll be a rough!

Well that was an eventful first day. 10 games in 11 hours, pretty happy about that. New record? Fuck yeah it is. Over halfway done the id Software developed games, let's see if I can finish that today. Got plenty of sleep, some Lucky Charms in the stomach, and a whole 10 hours ahead of me until the day is done.

DOOM II: Hell on Earth
Start time: 1:35 PM
End time: 2:31 PM
Little big longer than my DOOM speed run, but that's because I haven't played DOOM II nearly as much. Onto it's expansion!

Master Levels for DOOM II
Start time: 2:35 PM
End time: 3:13 PM
While I've only played the Master Levels once or twice before, I seemed to instinctively know my way straight to the exits. Next is the not appropriately titled Final DOOM, which is the hardest offering in the series, with a double does of content. This will take me the longest so far, I reckon. But before I start it, I need to head out to the bank and pay rent. Was supposed to do that yesterday, but my schedule's been busy, if you can't tell.

Final DOOM
Start time: 6:30 PM
End time: 9:04 PM
Got caught up with dinner, Timmies, and TV. So starting 2 hours or so later than I expected. After a solid 2 and a half hours, it's time to say farewell to 2D sprites, and say "Hello beautiful" to 3D polygon models.

Day Three
Ended my gaming night pretty early last night. Decided to do other things with friends who I may have been neglecting during the night time, haha. I'm ready to take the next step in gaming, let's do this!

Start time: 1:00 PM
End time: 4:17 PM
Well it seems like I won't be speedrunning through Quake, considering I've only beaten Quake 2, and that was once many years ago. I hope I can at least finish Quake 2 within 3 hours.

Quake II
Start time: 4:25 PM
End time: 7:40 PM
Well shit, took longer than 3 hours, just by 15 minutes.

Quake III + Quake III Team Arena
Start time: 7:45
End time: 8: 50
Considering there's no story to these games, I just spend 30 minutes in it enjoying the fragfest action. I miss the old days of Seganet.

Start time: 9:00 PM
End time: 2:04 AM
I'm now feeling like these games are dragging on, considering how fast I've been beating these games, and as they get longer, they take more out of me. Tomorrow shall be the end of every id Software developed titles.

Day Four
Just one game stands in my way of beating every id Software game, and that game is Rage HD. So I'm gunna quit dickin' around and just get it done. (Convenient Rage HD just went free for a week last month too, hurrah!)

Rage HD
Start time: 12:45 PM
End time: 1:20 PM
Died on Asylum because I'm half awake, so took abit longer than I wanted, but it's done! The halfway mark is reached on just the fourth day!

Now to start on every id Software published game, mostly with Raven developing. First game up is Heretic.

Start time: 1:25PM
End time: 3:18
I always loved the level design Raven's done with the Heretic/Hexen titles. Plus the whole medieval aesthetics totally call out to me since I love fantasy. Will be taking a break to play some more TF2 with a buddy before I start Hexen.

Start time: 5:00 PM
End time: 9:12 PM
My brain needs a break right now, considering Hexen is one big puzzle. So once again, hopping on TF2 with a buddy.

Hexen: Death Kings of the Dark Citadel
Start time: 10:00 PM
End time: 10:56PM
To be honest, if I didn't notice this in my Steam list, I would have never known about Hexen's expansion. Only about 20 levels or so, and definitely a simplified level design compared to the rest of the series.

Hexen II
Start time: 11:00 PM
End time: 4:32 AM
So much god damn backtracking in this game, but I cannot help but love it. Definitely up later than I expected, so I'm gunna grab some food, and hopefully pass out.

Day 5
Was woken up by my neighbour being a huge deaf fagbait, so not in the greatest mood. But not going to let that stop me from completing this challenge. So straight back into it I go.

Quake: Scourge of Armagon
Start time: 11:45 AM
End time: 2: 17 PM
I seriously didn't think this would take as long as it did. Oh well. Heading over to a buddies for some co-op gaming, pizza, and whole bunch of good stuff.

Day 6
Well shit, I had unexpected plans happen twice, which kept me busy until 3 AM. So there goes THAT day. Let's try this again. 6 hours or so of just beating through this.

Quake: Dissolution of Eternity
Start time: 6:00 PM
End time: 9:00 PM
The only game I'll beat today, sad.

Day 7
It's a Wednesday, nobody does anything on a Wednesday, right? Right! No friends to keep me distracted today so I can actually put another dent into this challenge. I hope. I took an unexpected nap, and am now ready to get an early jump today.

Quake II: The Reckoning
Start time: 1:20 AM
End time: 3:35 AM
There, Quake is done, at least old-school Quake.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Start time: 3:40 AM
End time: 8:36 AM
This is actually my favourite Wolfenstein title, and I can't explain why. Very much enjoyed this playthrough.

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Start time: 8:40 AM
End time: 9:10 AM
I only consider this an additional game because it was shipped as one. It was supposed to be apart of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but was delayed and released at a later point. Since there's nothing to play through, I just put 30 minutes into it like I did with Quake III.

DOOM 3: Ressurection of Evil
Start time: 9:15 AM
End time: 1:12 PM
Only 4 games in 12 hours, seems like a slow day, eh? Gonna head of my PC for abit, give my brain a break before coming back.

Quake 4
Start time: 7:00 PM-7:53 PM| 9:03 PM
End time: 12:53 AM
I passed out for abit, and have more food in my tank, so ready to rip into this. I'm taking a break from Quake IV because if you're worth anything in salt, you'd know Dtoid now has a TF2 server, so I've gotta join my fellow Steamtoiders while they're on. After an hour of distractions, I get my ass back into gear and finish Quake IV finally.

Day 8
After Quake, I just passed out. My sleep schedule is all kinds of fucked up since I woke up and it's a little past 2 in the morning. But sleeping aside, I SHOULD finish today. Let's see how it rolls out.

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Start time: 2:25 AM
End time: 6:39 AM
It's almost over. Just one more game on the agenda, Wolfenstein (2008). Before I start that however, the PC my roommate uses has died and he wants some TF2 action, so I'm gunna let him hop on mine for abit.

Start time: 10:05 AM
End time: 1:14 PM
I didn't expect to beat this game so fast, but I shouldn't be surprised as I recently 100%'d on 360 earlier this year.

It's done. It's over. 32 games in just 8 eights. (Really 6 though, got sidetracked by that damned social life). I don't think I'll ever do something as excessive as this again. But at least now I can concentrate on others games, after a nice long break of course. TF2 and Brolands aside, don't think I'll touch another FPS until Rage. I'd like to thank the handful of you (literally, five peeps) for supporting this ridiculous challenge of mine.
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About Shinobi13one of us since 7:55 PM on 03.05.2010

Name's Ozz, I'm 25 and hail from Southern Ontario, Canada. Tetris broke my gaming cherry back in '89, thanks to Game Boy, and I've been obsessed with gaming since '98.
My favourite console would be the Nintendo 64, and favourite game is Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Aside from Zeldas, my favourite genre is First Person Shooters (Specifically old-school, DOOM, Duke Nukem 3D).
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