Doom 3

Shut Up, DOOM 3

This article is part of a series called Shut Up, Videogames, in which critic Ed Smith invites games old and new to pipe down, or otherwise. In this edition, he looks at the most recent addition to the legendary first-person-shooter series, DOOM. I know DOOM has a contingent of fans and critics who enjoy discussing it—its level structure, its weapon layouts, its enemy design—in excruciating detail. I know that, for some, a single room in id’s 1993 shooter can warrant microscopic inspection, lest the mathematical precision with which John Romero laid the game out go under-appreciated. I know what DOOM is supposed…


How do you bring the magic of Spelunky to 3D architecture?

Mark Johns is chasing a ghost. This is what he tells me. It’s not quite the truth. The spectral quality of this “ghost” isn’t immateriality; interfacing with it isn’t a problem, Johns has done that thousands of times. The hard bit, and the bit he’s after, is understanding it. The ghost is actually Spelunky: a procedurally generated action-platformer that Johns declares “might be the greatest videogame ever made.” But Johns reaches for metaphor, as he’s the kind of guy to give into the lure of theatrics if given the chance. He lives in the moment. Snatch him a boiler suit and…


Doom SnapMap will let you create maps without having to code

If you’re not busy snapping chest bones in Doom 4 once it’s out you can snap together your own maps and game modes. And let’s be clear: “snap” is apparently the keyword here. It alludes to the apparent accessibility of the game’s SnapMap feature. The boast from Doom 4‘s executive producer Marty Stratton is that “without any past experience or special expertise, any player can easily snap together and customize intricate maps.” Here’s the translation: you can throw a bunch of oddly-shaped rooms together to make your own, better version of Doom 4. The appeal here is SnapMap’s module-based map editor. From…