Gamers and developers have been celebrating the 25th anniversary of Doom in all sorts of ways. But not can top what video game developer Rich Whitehouse has done. Whitehouse has written a script which will convert the floor maps from a Roomba’s travels into playable maps for the original Doom. And guess what this tool is called?
Doomba was written on Noesis, a game data conversion tool. All you will have to do is record your Roomba’s journeys across your home. If the Roomba’s run is interrupted, you can merge multiple files to create the full map. Also you can customize features such as the weapons, the enemies, the map textures etc. (things that are part of the original game). And in the end you will end up with a playable map of the classic Doom. But why stop there? If you want, you could use these data to generate maps for other games running Doom’s engine.
One possible hiccup could be hardware limitation. Whitehouse has confirmed that he has so far only tested Doomba with the Roomba 980. He says that although he believes the tool will work on other versions too, he cannot confirm this. But should it work, this will be a dream come true for many Doom fans who have always dreamt of playing a map based on their homes. (I know I have!)
Many have praised Rich Whitehouse for his ingenuity. But there have been some that have deemed his efforts futile. The gaming industry veteran wrote the following in response to these mixed reactions on a blog post:
“I hope you get some fun out of this feature. I definitely have. Some will say that it’s pointless, but I have faith in my heart that the Dark Lord will wipe these people from the face of the earth and trap them in a dimension of eternal hellfire. Their suffering will be legendary.”
25 Years of Doom
Doom turned 25 this year. The last major installment of the series was Doom VFR, a virtual reality adaptation of 2016’s reboot. And even though these modern versions of the game have offered mouth watering graphics that require powerful computers to run them, the classic Doom that ran on our ancient computers 25 years ago is just as popular today as ever. The massive fan-base of this classic game have regularly found ingenious ways (case in point, ‘Doomba’) to mess around with it. And I for one say, what a wonderful world we live in!
John Romero, the co-creator of the classic Doom, recently announced that he was planning on releasing an add on for the original Doom called “Sigil”. Romero says that this game will serve as the spiritual successor to the 1993 game and will contain nine new single-player levels as well as nine additional multiplayer deathmatch levels. The standard version of Sigil will be available for $40, and it will include a soundtrack from Buckethead as well as a 16GB USB drive that looks like a floppy disk. For $166, you could get the beast box that will include the standard edition of the game, an autographed box, a statue of John Romero’s head on a spike, a coin, a t-shirt and an art print from Christopher Lovell.
Sigil is expected to be released in mid-February.