Hey you? Yeah, the kid who’s screaming about my mother on Call of Duty! Remember Doom? Probably not. It was something your mum or dad probably enjoyed before the era of Xbox Lives or PlayStation Networks, and the only way they could simply play with friends was by linking computers together in the same house with various cables.
That game, was one of the few first person shooters which inspired games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and even HALO, and if you didn’t already know, there’s a new DOOM coming out, but this time the many who play first person shooters are part of a new generation which didn’t grow up with id Software’s iconic and gory shooter, so they’ve got a lot of impressing to do.
And id and Bethesda are well aware of that fact, as speaking with Gamespot, Bethesda’s Pete Hines has admitted that id Software have to prove themselves to this new generation.
id hasn’t made a game in the current pantheon of first-person shooters. It’s not a part of that conversation. You can go to any sixteen-year-old at Quakecon and ask them what their favorite shooter is and they’re going to say Call of Duty and Battlefield and Halo, but not Doom, because why would they? We haven’t put out Doom games.
We can’t walk in and say, ‘Hey, we’re making a Doom game,’ and everyone’s instantly on board. id’s got to prove [themselves] and prove how this is still true to Doom and still relevant to first-person shooters.
With that being said, after Bethesda’s demonstration of the new DOOM at E3 this year, I’m on board with it, even though I avoided games like DOOM and Quake in my early years of gaming.