Saturday, November 14, 2009

Nearing the end of November

I am feeling a bit nostalgic today. I was going over retro games and these few are very memorable. I just loved id games – most of them anyway.

few facts about the id software company
id Software is an American video game development company from Mesquite, Texas. The company was founded in 1991 by four members of the computer company Softdiskprogrammers John Carmack and John Romerogame designer Tom Hall, and artist Adrian Carmack (no relation to John Carmack). It was considered the most influential of the many game development companies in the Dallas area, known as the Dallas Gaming Mafia.[2] On June 24, 2009 ZeniMax Media acquired the company.

Wolfenstein 3D

The company’s breakout product was 1992‘s Wolfenstein 3D, a first person shooter (FPS) with smooth 3D graphics that were unprecedented in computer games, and with violent game play that many gamers found engaging. After essentially founding an entire genre with this game, id created DoomDoom IIQuakeQuake II,Quake III ArenaQuake 4 and Doom 3. Each of these first person shooters featured progressively higher levels of graphical technology (and progressively higher minimum system requirements). Wolfenstein 3D spawned a prequel and a sequel, the prequel called Spear of Destiny, and the second, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, used the id Tech 3 engine. A third Wolfenstein sequel has been released by Raven Software, using the id tech 4 engine.


A screenshot from the first episode of Doom

Eighteen months after their release of Wolfenstein 3D, in 1993 id released Doom which would again set new standards for graphic quality and graphic violence in computer gaming. Id redefined the benchmark for realism for the first-person shooter genre, which they popularized with Wolfenstein 3DDoom featured a sci-fi/horrorsetting with graphic quality that had never been seen on personal computers or even video game consoles (in fact, the later console ports of the game featured notably poorer graphics than the original DOS version). Doom became a cultural phenomenon and its violent theme would eventually launch a new wave of criticism decrying the dangers of violence in video games. Doom was ported to numerous platforms, inspired many knock-offs and was eventually followed by the technically similarDoom II. Though popularizing the genre with Wolfenstein 3D, id really made its mark in video game history with the shareware release of Doom, and eventually revisited the theme of this game in 2004 with their release of Doom 3. John Carmack said in an interview at QuakeCon 2007 that there will be a Doom 4, it has been in development since May 7, 2008
References by Wikipedia.

Few pix

DOOM 3 boxshot

Anyway back to computers. QuickCam by Logitech doesnt work too well on my Medion Laptop akoya E6210 model. So I used LiteCam NX3000  by Microsoft which has Windows 7 drivers. Its working fine now.

Microsoft LifeCam NX-3000 Webcam

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