The computer game environment in 1985 was changing. Society had moved through the various clones of Pong, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. Text adventures were slowly advancing to include graphics (leading to the high-water mark of Sierra games such as Kings Quest). No-one knew where it was leading, so everything was on the table.
When thinking of another Musicology entry, I thought about other influential bands and songs that helped shape who I am. For that, I have to credit my parents, whose extensive record collection (all on vinyl) was the source of entertainment for me and my siblings for the first few years of our lives. Fortunately for me, my parents had pretty good taste.
One of the groundbreaking things about DOOM was its ability to ruin networks. It became so commonplace that companies such as Intel and Carnegie Mellon University explicitly banned the playing of DOOM on its networks. According to the DOOM FAQ put out by id Software, “In 1994, we fully expect to be the number one cause of decreased productivity in businesses around the world.” And it pretty much did, or at least made companies think about setting up a policy regarding networked games.
Some things you hear about 80’s music is true. Bands would go out of their way to create the biggest hair possible. Reverb on drums was expected. Quirky filmclips stood out. Neon highlights or accessories were mandatory.
The CARG Laptop now has DOSBox installed, so it’s about time we introduced some games to it. But what to select as the first game? Something iconic, something legendary, something influential. And something that tugs at the heartstrings of many a gamer. CARG, meet DOOM.
If you have never heard of the UNIX operating system, I don’t think I am going too far when I say it’s the greatest operating system you’ve never heard of. And if you have heard of UNIX, you probably know how influential it has been across the tech environment. Here is a brief history of UNIX and some of its most famous descendants.