Doom (video game)
Stylized as DooM or DOOM
|Date(s):||1993 - present|
|Medium:||Video game (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PC, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, cell phones)|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|External Links:||Wikipedia page, Fandom wiki|
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DOOM is a long-running multimedia franchise that primarily consists of video games. The first of these games, also called DOOM, was released in 1993 and is considered to be a revolutionary first-person shooter still influences both the FPS genre and video games in general to this day. It's frequently put on "greatest games of all time" lists and spawned an entire genre of games known as DOOM clones, a precursor term to first-person shooter.
The franchise has spawned numerous other adaptations from the 2005 movie to novels and TTRPG modules, but the fandom is most well known for the extensive modding and speedrunning communities. DOOM fangames are common, thanks to the source code being released in 1997, and speedruns can be found for almost any version of a DOOM game.
Focusing on an unnamed space marine usually referred to as Doomguy by the fandom, the DOOM franchise consists of several video games, loosely categories into three eras; two different novel series, one for the classic series and one for Doom 3; a comic book; and two films. There was also a board game and a TTRPG module for Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition released by Critical Role in 2020, called Doom Eternal: Assault on Amaros Station.
Doom 3 Era
Doom fandom became one of the first big modding communities and contributed to the rise of speedrunning as a form of play.
"It runs Doom"
For more on this topic please see It runs DOOM.
One unique feature of Doom modding community is the challenge to port Doom to unlikely computer hardware. Id software released the source code for the original game in 1997, and the game's age and relatively lightweight codebase mean that people have been able to get Doom to run on calculators, refridgerator displays, and many other computers not intended to run video games. 
Crossovers with Other Fandoms
Both Doom and Animal Crossing released new games on April 20th, 2020, and the hype for both games led to a lot of crossover fan content. In particular, many fans popularized friendship between Isabelle and Doomguy, the unnamed protagonist of the franchise. See Doomguy & Isabelle for more information on this particular crossover.
- But can it run Doom?, a port to AO3
- Knitting Doom, a project to represent the source code of Doom in knitting
- Doom slayer x Animal crossing (archive link), a short fan animation featuring Doomguy and Isabelle from Animal Crossing
- Doom - Toot by RemusBrailoiu, crossover fanart
Archives & Resources
- Doom (Video Games) tag on the Ao3
- Doom fan wiki at Fandom.com
- Doom TVTropes Page
- r/Doom on Reddit
- r/itrunsdoom, subreddit devoted to porting Doom to unlikely computer systems.
- Doomguy and Isabelle on KnowYourMeme
- ^ Top 100 Video Games of All Time from IGN. Published 2019. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
- ^ The best FPS games of all time. Posted 25 Sept 2021. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
- ^ Surprise! Doom Is Still An Incredible Game. Posted 17 Mar 2016. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
- ^ List of video games considered the best. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
- ^ A Slightly Condensed Genealogy of DOOM Source Ports. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
- ^ Doom series at speedrun.com. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
- ^ Mashabble Deals. From ATMs to Printers, Hackers Prove You Can Play 'Doom' on Anything published to Youtube on 6 April 2018. (Accessed August 2021.)
- ^ Lee, Julia. "How did Animal Crossing’s Isabelle and the Doomguy become best friends?" Polygon.com, 24 February 2020. Accessed August 2021.