Doom (video game)

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Name: Doom
Stylized as DooM or DOOM
Creator: Id Software
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[1][2][3][4] 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,[5] and speedruns can be found for almost any version of a DOOM game.[6]

The Franchise

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.

Classic Series

Doom 3 Era

Reboot Series

The Fandom

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. [7]

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.[8] See Doomguy & Isabelle for more information on this particular crossover.



Archives & Resources


  1. ^ Top 100 Video Games of All Time from IGN. Published 2019. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
  2. ^ The best FPS games of all time. Posted 25 Sept 2021. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
  3. ^ Surprise! Doom Is Still An Incredible Game. Posted 17 Mar 2016. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
  4. ^ List of video games considered the best. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
  5. ^ A Slightly Condensed Genealogy of DOOM Source Ports. Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
  6. ^ Doom series at Accessed 8 Dec 2021.
  7. ^ Mashabble Deals. From ATMs to Printers, Hackers Prove You Can Play 'Doom' on Anything published to Youtube on 6 April 2018. (Accessed August 2021.)
  8. ^ Lee, Julia. "How did Animal Crossing’s Isabelle and the Doomguy become best friends?", 24 February 2020. Accessed August 2021.