DOOM turns 30!

The great and unrivaled DOOM is 30 years old!

At midnight on December 10, 1993, after 30 hours of continuous testing, the id Software team tried to upload their new game, DOOM, to the FTP server of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but was unable to connect to it due to overload from the large number of players waiting for the release. The network administrator suspended most of the connections, and the game was downloaded, but within 30 minutes, users crashed the servers. A new era of video games had begun.

Interestingly, for a long time all such games were called DOOM clones, and the term first-person shooter (FPS) became commonly used only in 1998, five years after DOOM’s release. At that time, id Software had already released Doom II, Quake, Quake II, and was working on Quake III Arena.

For 30 years, the original DOOM has been ported to almost every platform, including Game Boy Advance, iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Mods for DOOM are still being released and updated.