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Category: Games
Wednesday, July 14th, 2004 @ 03:48 pm
Posted By Brent
Well, Doom III has just gone gold, which for the lay people around here means that the software itself has been finalized and/or has been sent off to be mass produced on CD's or what have you. I have to say, I'm left sort of nonplussed here.

There's been no demo, much less a "test" release which has traditionally been the norm for id Software's games. There's no mention of platforms, although you can pretty much guarantee its initial release will be for Windows/PC. The only thing I've seen that one could possibly glean hints of Linux and Mac releases was a post I saw by John Carmack saying that the map editor for Doom III would be a windows only release, from which one could construe that he's specifying the map editor because the game itself will be cross platform.

As far as your X-Boxes and PS2's are concerned, I'm sure it'll come out for those if technical and licensing bases can be covered. It's been a given that platforms (at this point) pull in a shitload more sales than PC-only releases. I just don't want to lose the one company that happens to be at the very top of its game, and releases cross platform simultaneously. Of course Epic does that too with the Unreal Tournament series, but one has to pick sides when discussing Epic and id Software.

But I digress, what I'm trying to get at here is there has been an unparrelelled dearth of information about this game throughout its development. I've been seeing pretty much the same screenshots and movie clips from it for the past year and a half. No mention of the usually limited public betas, free single-level demos, platform dependence, or anything. I don't even think I've seen an interview with the guys at id for years.

Oh well, seeming as the book has pretty much been closed at this point, and the gaming is being stamped onto CD's and slapped in boxes, I guess all I can do is cross my fingers and hope for the best.

PS: If you're interested, I found a rundown of the Doom III single player experience here.


NAME: id software
Thursday, July 15th, 2004 @ 12:12 pm
Linux binaries will be available very soon after the PC game hits store shelves. There are no plans for boxed Linux games.

NAME: ian
Wednesday, July 14th, 2004 @ 04:58 pm
that's what i'm talkin' about!!! video games!
(not politics)