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.
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.
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.
After the installation of Fedora and associated updates, it’s time to start installing DOSBox, our first application that will run the retro games we want to play. In order to do that, we need to configure some additional software repositories (or “repo’s”) to allow access to additional software. So let’s get into it!