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 Saturday, April 11, 2009

 A Visit to id Software
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 5:57 PM
Category: DOOM

Hey, I'm back and I have a glass of rum & coke! Not that is relevant or anything. I have been taking a few days off from doing news. I guess there is some stuff over on Planet Rome.Ro where John posted this article: A Visit to id Software which reveals a 21 minute video from way back.
In 1993, Dan Linton, owner of a hugely successful BBS called Software Creations, visited Texas and made his way to id Software. This is the footage he recorded one night in November 1993.
So yeah check that out.

 Tuesday, April 7, 2009

 Wads Not In Progress
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 4:08 AM
Category: DOOM

Lets all jump onto Wads In Progress to check out what wads actually got released recently.That is all! Have a great day guys!

 Saturday, April 4, 2009

 Skull Tag 973D Final
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 7:42 PM
Category: DOOM

I missed this back in March but apparently Skull Tag was updated to the final version of 97D3.
Apart from numerous fixes and stability improvements, some common spam methods (spectate/join and name changes) have been taking care of and the special lump authentication code now warns you about problematic files in your skins directory. Furthermore, SICL matches should now be even more convenient, because the CTF/Skulltag sudden death mode can be turned off allowing games to end in a draw.
Read more about the release on thier forum.

 Friday, April 3, 2009

 Update On Claustrophobia 1024
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 8:13 PM
Category: DOOM

There's a new update on Mekworx with Mechadon explaining what is going on with Claustrophobia 1024 and how the project was going to be released on March 28th but unforeseen consequences created a delay and the release date may just be on April the 5th now.
At the moment the release date is set for April 5th. Itís very likely that it will be bumped up again because testing is still sorta in progress (ugh) and there are a handful of authors that arenít around to heed any of the feedback thatís being given for the maps that they contributed. Meaning that either I or someone on the testing team will have to make the fixes.
Reading all that reminds me of leading the first NDCP megawad... been there, done that. Now I'm FREE! *runs the hell away* ;) Seriously tho, good luck to Mechadon and the team. Lets hope for a release in April.

 Wednesday, April 1, 2009

 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 1:09 PM
Category: General

It's April the 1st and I'm not doing the 'April fools' thing. I just typed up a long exit speech dealie for Mindless Games because both Phoebus and myself decided to end that. Also I'm no longer going to post news on the Raven-Games site. However I will be continuing with the Doom news on this page until June 1st. Then the raven and newdoom forums will be moved to a new server and I will continue the Doom news via a different set up. BUT today I'm going for a damned beer and have a bludge maybe even shoot some mofo imps. Haha! Take it cool you guys. I'll be back. :D

 Tuesday, March 31, 2009

 ZDBSP 1.11
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 10:36 AM
Category: DOOM

randi updated the ZDoom site with the released of ZDBSP 1.11, which supports maps created in the Universal Doom Map Format. Hit the ZDoom if you want to check that out.

 Monday, March 30, 2009

 HeXen: Edge of Chaos Lives
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 8:39 AM
Category: DOOM

I was wondering about the HeXen: Edge Of Chaos mod for Doom 3, so I check out their Mod db page to see if there's any life. Apparently they now have a new Edge of Chaos Site put up and that includes new media.
It's been ONE HELL OF A RIDE. And we know you guys have been waiting patiently for us to release the game. We're not quite there yet and now that we've worked for 4 years on the game, we do not want to stress a quick release and make mistakes in the process. It's done when...
Check out the site... some cool screenshots over there, plus other info of course.

 Sunday, March 29, 2009

 Update On Mekworx
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 8:54 AM
Category: DOOM

Mechadon updated his Mekworx site with a bit of overhauling. He also posted about a project called Project Vega (that is the link to their development blog) and he also posted about what he is doing for Claustrophobia 1024.
So, as we continue to work backwards on what I have been working on, we come back to Claustrophobia 1024. Progress has been coming along very well! The accepted maps have been picked and most of the graphic work is finished. I set an official release date on March 28th. We entered the testing phase a few days ago and thatís been going very well.
Yeah, so check out what is going on over at Mekworx.

 Saturday, March 28, 2009

 Wolfenstein 3D Is Coming
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 4:55 AM
Category: Wolfenstein

If you put a hit on Shack News you can read that Wolfenstein 3D is coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
No further details are available but odds are it will be a downloadable release on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store, timed to promote the upcoming Wolfenstein game developed by Raven Software--coming this summer to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Yesh Wolfenstein 3D is coming and that's all I know.

 Thursday, March 26, 2009

 Realm 667 Updated
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 5:44 AM
Category: DOOM

Tormentor 667 updated Realm 667 with the addition of a tutorial to the site called: Doom Modding Fundamentals. Also he has some info on there about something called The Beast 2009 contest.... go jump on Realm 667 for the full meal deal.

 Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 The Dark Mod Update!
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 3:53 AM
Category: DOOM

I just spotted that The Dark Mod site was updated with info on the lockpicking system, sleeping AI (including trailer), rope swinging and they're working to get version 1.0 out he door, so to speak with a possible release in the Fall.
With lockpicking and combat nearly complete, we've now reached a new phase in the development of The Dark Mod. We decided a while ago that we wanted to release TDM sooner rather than later. We could keep working for years adding more features and better assets, but we believe the community would be happier if we released a fun but unpolished product this year, rather than wait another two years or more for everything to be perfect.
Hit The Dark Mod!

 Tuesday, March 24, 2009

 Open Source Wolfenstein iPhone Port
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 9:42 AM
Category: Wolfenstein

I see that Voodoo Extreme reveals that John Carmack Released An Open Source Wolfenstein iPhone Port and Doom is going to get the same treatment.
I had been frustrated for over a year with the fact that we didn't have any iPhone development projects going internally at Id. I love my iPhone, and I think the App Store is an extremely important model for the software business. Unfortunately, things have conspired against us being out early on the platform.
That is all on Voodoo Extreme.

 Monday, March 23, 2009

 Raging Screens
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 8:23 AM
Category: Rage

I was checking Worthplaying and they posted up some new screenshots from id Software's upcoming Rage.
Rage is set in post-apocalyptic wasteland after a meteor hits earth and wipes out civilizations, RAGE is is an all-new take on the first person shooter, developed using id Software's new Tech5 engine.
Check out on those screens! Have a good day people!

 Sunday, March 22, 2009

 Phobos DevBlog Five
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 9:32 AM
Category: DOOM

I nearly missed this but shaviro updated the Phobos site with the fifth DevBlog entry where he talks about the new team members, episode two maps complete with snazzy screenshots.
Episode 2 is the pivot point of the story, hence the name of the mod. It is there the story will really begin to take shape and you will begin to learn a lot about what you encountered in episode 1.
Very cool update over there so go check it out and have a nice day. :)

 Saturday, March 21, 2009

 A New Era Emerges
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 2:31 PM
Category: General

There is a change of plan concerning the Mindless Games & Entertainment Network. The MGE site itself will no longer be updated on April 1st... the same goes for the Raven main page. The news on Newdoom will continue up until June 1st. After June 1st the Raven and Newdoom forums will be moved to a new server and host. All hosted sites are being set free and will have to find new homes, this includes my own site The Megawad. What I do with the site remains to be seen. I will either move it, or start a new site or start a blog. The blog / site will contain my Doom creations and Doom news and possibly other id Software related news, just like I have been doing in the past on Newdoom. It will be easier for me anyhow once I'm no longer spreading myself out doing news on three pages, which was becoming a bit of a drag and had lost some of it's appeal. Read the official announcement because it's been updated by Phoebus. So it's not goodbye but a change and sometimes you have to embrace change and get on with things. That is all for now. Have a nice day!

 Friday, March 20, 2009

 Ubar Shoti 2
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 3:18 AM
Category: DOOM

Slade EXE released a weapons mod for Doom 3 that's called Ubar Shoti 2.
With this version, you can destroy more irratating and annoying baddies! Also, with this update, you can now play it in Doom III and RoE! But that's not all, this updated file also comes with a second ubar_shoti pack dubed: ubar_shoti2.pk4...this one contains more sounds. Basically, its mixed sounds from the shotgun with the super shotgun.
Check that out on Doom 3 Files.

 Thursday, March 19, 2009

 End Of An Era
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 11:16 AM
Category: DOOM

Hello everybody in the Doom community! It has come to pass that my good friend Phoebus has decided to move on and the server and domains will be shutting down by June 1st, unless somebody comes along and makes a reasonable offer and takes over. This effects Mindless Games, Raven-Games and Newdoom and the two forums. You can read the official announcement on the forum and if you have anything to say you can use this thread.
It all started with Crazed & Quakin', a fun little experiment I started out of my love for games. Then Cult of Phoebus, which was right up there with Blue's News in the burgeoning online FPS community. Next came a huge step, with HexenWorld, in collaboration with PlanetQuake. I next launched while still at Activision. Raven hired me away from Activision, but they weren't really free to support the community. I left Raven, but held onto the sites out of a sense of pride and loyalty to the community. Next came and became and I bought my own server to host all the sites, as well as Then came!
So yeah, it IS an end of an Era and what happens by the time June rolls around remains to be seen. Whatever may be, the fact remains that I personally have gained much from being a part of this site and the Raven site as well... gained knowledge and have had many many good times, but most important, have gained a number of very good friends all thanks to Phoebus! So whatever he does next, I certainly wish him well. It's been a fun ride and tomorrow will be a good day no matter what. Life is full of surprises and so let us see where the road takes us.

 Wednesday, March 18, 2009

 GZDoom 1.2.01
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 3:21 AM
Category: DOOM

I just spotted that Graf Zahl updated GZDoom to version 1.2.01 and this is an update to ZDoom 2.3.1 and there's no new GZDoom specific features this time around.

 Tuesday, March 17, 2009

 Forged In Battle
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 8:08 AM
Category: Quake

Over on Map Factory there is a deathmatch, Quake 3 map that's called Battleforged that was made by phantazm11. Looks like a pretty nice map actually.... and only 5 downloads... wtf, go get that thing already. Haha, have a nice day.

 Monday, March 16, 2009

 Odamex 0.4.3 Released
 Posted by Darren 'Doom Dude' Finch at 3:38 AM
Category: DOOM

Manc posted on the Odamex site that version 0.4.3 has been released.
The fourth and likely final release of the 0.4 series, 0.4.3 offers many tweaks and fixes which offer both a more solid experience for the player and more options for the server administrator.
Check out the site and the changelog for more info.

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