A History of id

Last week, Valve announced the immediate availability of id games on Steam.

This is great news. Growing up on the Mac side of the first-person shooter saga, I’ve immensely enjoyed Bungie’s Marathon Trilogy, but missed out on everything id. Yes, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and the rest were available on the Mac (probably with the usual delay, but I could be wrong, since this is id), but Mac gamers scoffed at Doom’s lack of any serious plot. “But Doom is fun!” Yes, yes. We wanted our first-person carnage to be high-brow. It was all about getting to the next terminal to delve further into the story. The shooting on the way there was necessary, but we didn’t enjoy it too much. No, really.

Anyway, the time has finally come to check out what I have missed. Look at this package, for the insane price of $62.95 ($69.95 after August 10):

  • Commander Keen, Episodes 1 through 5
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Spear of Destiny
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  • Ultimate DOOM
  • DOOM II
  • Final DOOM
  • DOOM3
  • DOOM3: Resurrection of Evil
  • QUAKE
  • QUAKE Mission Pack 1: Scourge of Armagon
  • QUAKE Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity
  • QUAKE II
  • QUAKE II Mission Pack: The Reckoning
  • QUAKE II Mission Pack: Ground Zero
  • QUAKE III Arena
  • QUAKE III: Team Arena
  • Heretic
  • Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders
  • HeXen
  • HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel
  • HeXen II

Another nifty aspect of this style of distribution is that you can play oldies like Commander Keen without worrying about compatibility with modern operating systems like Windows XP. The game comes packaged with DOSBox, but you won’t even notice the setup work behind the scenes if you don’t pay close attention when the game is starting. You just install it and play. This is something about online delivery that’s very promising: Making old games easily and cheaply available for modern systems. (The recent release of Marathon 2: Durandal on Xbox Live Arcade comes to mind.)

My plan is to play through these games, one at a time, in chronological order. That means I am starting with this:

Commander Keen

And will, in a couple of years (and after I’ve upgraded my hardware), finish with this:

Doom 3

Gory times ahead! But first for some pogo stick jumping…

Published on August 6th, 2007

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2 Comments    Leave a comment.

  1. On 26 Aug 2007 at 0:17 anna Said:

    bist du naarrisch

  2. On 26 Aug 2007 at 0:19 anna Said:

    aber dein ” mcduke.net ” von der startseite is echt SEEHR web2.0

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