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There's a lot like about Chromebooks. They are perfect for many basic computer users who only need to check email, surf the web, and type out the occasional document. Perhaps the biggest upside to buying a Chromebook is that they tend to be much less expensive than many Windows computers. Chromebooks also have excellent battery life and tend to have fewer problems with viruses and malware than other computers. Now we're learning about another potential upside: anyone who's purchased a Chromebook recently could be eligible for some cool free games. The free games include Doom, Doom II, and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Fall of the Dark Brotherhood expansion. The only downside is that the free games... Read more...
For many gamers of a certain age, the first experience they had with a first-person shooter was the iconic game Doom from iD Software. Graphics and game developer Sylvian Lefebvrehas designed a device called the "Doom-Chip" with the sole purpose of running the first level of Doom. Lefebvre said in a tweet announcing his creation that it would run "E1M1 till the end of times" or until it runs out of power. Lefebvre was able to get the game running on an Altera Cyclone FPGA board. The feat means that the first level of the classic shooter is embedded directly in hardware rather than being software as gamers remember it. The developer said in the tweet that the algorithm is burned into wires, LUTs,... Read more...
Update 3/25/2020: We've added results for the Radeon RX 5600 XT 6 GB to our tests and value charts.   Doom is a game franchise that needs no introduction. In 1992, id Software laid down the groundwork for first-person shooters with Wolfenstein 3D. When Doom came along a year later, the studio cemented its status among elite American game developers, thanks in no small part to the game's outstanding graphics and addictive gameplay. The series saw several releases up through 2005's Doom 3: BFG Edition, and then Doom went dormant. In 2016 after being acquired by Bethesda, id released a follow-up simply named Doom. That title was firmly rooted in what id does best: a smooth graphics... Read more...
Doom Eternal is here, and the early consensus around the HotHardware email thread is that the game is absolutely stunning. The 2016 Doom reboot ran great on relatively pedestrian hardware thanks to obsessive fine tuning by id Software and its id Tech 6 engine. The new Doom is harder, faster, and louder, but still unmistakably Doom, and it's a graphical tour de force. Since folks are diving into the game this weekend (no small part in thanks to multiple state orders to "shelter in place" because of COVID-19), we're here to share the quickest way to optimize performance. Tune-Up Those Drivers For Doom Eternal, Especially Graphics To start with, if you have a Radeon RX 5700 or GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER... Read more...
In many places, you can't walk into a movie theater and catch a flick or waltz into most restaurants for a meal (it's delivery or pick-up only), but you sure as heck can march yourself into GameStop. Well, for now, anyway. There has been a call for 'social distancing' in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and while GameStop has not yet closed its stores, the retailer has decided to sell Doom Eternal today, a day before it is scheduled to release. "To ensure we adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines, we will be selling Doom Eternal a day early on Thursday, 3/19 as a safety precaution for our customers and associates. Animal Crossing will release on Friday 3/29 to further help separate... Read more...
Fans of the Doom franchise will be happy to hear that a new chapter is being included in the upcoming Doom 64 re-release. The port is coming from developers Nightdive Studios, and it is reportedly being handled as a top-tier game by the devs. The atmosphere and story of Doom 64 will be expanded on in the new chapter. Nightdive is the same studio that is behind the upcoming System Shock port. The same devs have released fan appreciated ports of other classic FPS titles like Turok, Foresaken, and Blood. Details on the coming Doom 64 port have been shared by the devs of the game, including dishing on what weapon they think is the best. The devs say that the port will be capable of supporting frame... Read more...
Information regarding id Software's incoming Doom Eternal has been coming in at a furious pace in recent weeks. We recently learned that the id Tech 7 engine is capable of sustaining 1,000 fps (if your hardware can handle it), and we're now getting a glimpse at the minimum and recommended specs for the follow-up the 2016 Doom reboot. The minimum specifications for Doom Eternal aren't too taxing, and should easily run on a gaming rig that is more than a few years old (as long as you have a relatively modern graphics card): Doom Eternal Minimum PC Requirements Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system OS: 64-bit Windows 7 / 64-bit Windows 10 Processor: Intel... Read more...
According to id Software, the upcoming Doom Eternal will be "the best game we've ever made." That is a tall order to fill considering a string of great games that has come out of the software house over the past nearly three decades, but early trailers for the game have us buying into the hype.  We're equally impressed with new footage of actual gameplay from Doom Eternal, which was uploaded this week by the folks over at IGN. We're given a roughly 10-minute look at the game right from its opening moments. Right off the bat we get early glimpses at the shotgun, sticky bombs, and even the fan-favorite (and might we add, quite satisfying) chainsaw in action against the baddies.... Read more...
Doom and Doom II fans have a new patch that has landed that brings with it a bunch of changes and add-ons to enjoy. The significant feature of the patch is that for the first time, both Doom and Doom II will run at 60 fps on all platforms. The previous versions maxed out at 35 fps. The patch also adds aspect ratio options to stretch the display vertically for the original 4:3 aspect ratio the game was meant to play in. Support for add-ons was added, allowing fans to download and load them from the main menu. The devs promise to continue to add content that is a mix of official add-ons and some of the best community episodes and megawads that were released for the original Doom games.  The... Read more...
Do you have a holiday gift card burning a hole in your pocket? If you are a Doom fan or have been itching to try out the game, now may be the time to strike. Doom with all its DLCs is currently on sale for $5.99 USD. The award-winning game is on sale as a digital download on both Newegg and Steam for a mere $5.99, or 70% off. The deal includes both the 2016 base game and the DLCs: "Unto the Evil", "Hell Followed", and "Bloodfall". It also features all of the maps, modes, and weapons, Arcade Mode, Photo Mode, and even the latest Update 6.66. Update 6.66 offers a variety of multiplayer improvements, including better multiplayer progression. There are a couple of important details to note about... Read more...
You could say that Bethesda’s online account plan was doomed from the beginning. The publisher was originally going to force gamers to create online accounts before accessing the newly re-released Doom titles. Bethesda has decided to ditch their account requirement after major backlash from Doom players. Bethesda recently announced that they would be re-releasing versions of Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3 in honor of the franchise's 25th anniversary. Users would need to create BethesdaNet and login into their accounts before accessing the games. This requirement garnered criticism from gamers who believed that it was an unnecessary hurdle. The original Doom game did not demand Internet access... Read more...
If you're down for a bit of a walk down memory lane in the first-person shooter genre, Bethesda and id Software are serving up a hot plate of retro goodness today. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Doom's launch, re-releases of Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3 are being made available across all major gaming platforms. If you're currently rocking an Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or a Nintendo Switch, you'll have access to all three of those aforementioned games. For iOS and Android users, only Doom and Doom II are available via the App Store and the Google Play Store respectively. The original Doom supports local 4-player deathmatch and 4-player local co-op. It also includes the Episode... Read more...
PC gamers who have been around, or who have downloaded the original 1993 Doom, will remember the pixelated Doom guy avatar that was a hallmark of that game. I'd wager a bunch of players wondered at some point what that guy would look like in real life. The answer to that question is here with someone employing an AI-trained neural network and having it turn the Doom guy's pixelated likeness into a high-resolution photo. It's hard to see any details in those pixelated images from Doom, but somehow the high-resolution images produced by the neural network look exactly as you would expect them to look. As for how the image came to be, it's said to be the final product of several AI systems that... Read more...
There are only a few days remaining until E3 kicks off, and we are expecting a bunch of spectacular reveals. Ahead of the event, publisher Bethesda has released a 16-second teaser hyping up Doom Eternal, the upcoming first-person shooter developed by id Software as a sequel to the 2016 Doom, which itself was the first major installment since Doom 3 in 2004. Doom fans have been waiting a long time for Doom Eternal. Bethesda announced the game at last year's E3 with a longer announce teaser, followed by a gameplay reveal video at Quakecon 2018 a couple of months later. This latest clip, while short, gives fans some brand new footage to digest, culminating with a shot of what appears to be a former... Read more...
The first time we heard anything about John Romero's fifth, and unofficial, episode for 1993's Doom was last December. The mod promised nine new single-player levels and nine deathmatch levels of fun for free. However, there were also a pair of paid editions that brought extra goodies with the game. In February, Romero announced that the game was being delayed and would ship in April; that didn't happen either. Now, the game has finally landed; Sigil is finally available to download at no cost via Romero's website. Gamers who fancy the soundtrack by Buckethead can download a version of the game that includes the music for a devilish $6.66. The caveat to this game is that it requires the... Read more...
Last December we first heard that John Romero was at work on an unofficial spiritual successor to the fourth episode of Ultimate Doom called SIGIL that requires the original 1993 Steam edition of Doom to play. Two versions of the boxed game went up for preorder in late December and were expected to ship this month. Romero has announced this week that SIGIL has been delayed and is now scheduled to ship in April. As for the cause of the delay, Romero says that there was a complication with the physical editions of SIGIL. In the official statement on the delay Romero said there were a "few snags" in production and the delay will allow the company to ensure that "everything is top-notch... Read more...
We have a special treat for you today, folks. Back in August, we brought you news about a Windows 95 "app" that was developed by Felix Rieseberg using Electron. The Windows 95 port was mostly a faithful recreation of the original groundbreaking PC operating system complete with playable classics like Minesweeper and Solitaire. Rieseberg is now back with Windows 95 version 2.0. Whereas the first release was pretty barebones, v2.0 ups the stakes with period-correct applications like Frontpage and the Netscape Navigator 2.01 web browser. For those that want to get your fix with some nostalgic gaming, you'll find Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, A10 Tank Killer and Grand Prix Circuit preinstalled.... Read more...
We all have our demons, though for most of us, they're internal minions that torture our thoughts—that's to say, we don't have actual demons following us around. Or do we? Programmer and designer Rich Whitehouse has built a script for iRobot's Roomba vacuum cleaner that will turn your living space into a playable Doom map. It's called Doomba, and it alters the vacuum's sensors so that it detect real-life demons in your home. Wait, that's not right. Or at least we hope it isn't. These are just computer generated maps based on our living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and everywhere else, right? Right!? Oh god, we hope so. "It would've been nice to get this done in time for Doom's 25th anniversary,... Read more...
If you are a fan of the original 1993 game Doom, you are in for a treat with Romero Games offering up a new expansion for the original game to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The game is called SIGIL, and John Romero says that the game is a free megawad that contains nine single-player levels and nine deathmatch levels with music by metal guitarist Buckethead. The megawad will launch in mid-February and requires that you have the original 1993 registered version of Doom to play, not the newer 2016 version of Doom for Switch and other platforms. Before you panic -- if you lost your original Doom floppies from way back in 1994 -- the original DOOM is available on Steam. Romero calls SIGIL... Read more...
QuakeCon is underway today and gamers are waiting in anticipating for the keynote with Bethesda and id Software where they were expected to deliver the first news on Doom Eternal. The presentation kicked off at noon central time and if you missed the livestream you can watch the VOD recording here.  What we know about the keynote is that Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin from id Software were there to show off gameplay footage from Doom Eternal. That game is the sequel to the 2016 revamp of Doom. Doom most recently landed on the Nintendo Switch early this year, complete with actually useful motion controls. Our first hints at Doom Eternal, however, came during E3. If Doom Eternal isn’t... Read more...
John Carmack is the legendary [former] id Software programmer that was behind such PC gaming bedrocks like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake. But during his ascent to PC gaming legend status, Carmack had more than a few run-ins with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Carmack revealed in a Facebook post this week that he grew up admiring the two Steves: Jobs and Wozniak. Following early success at id Software, Carmack bought his first NeXT computer (a company that Jobs helmed during this time away from Apple) and would later move the entire company over to the machines. However, his first real face-to-face meetings with Jobs came when trying to get Apple to integrate OpenGL support... Read more...
DOOM has been a popular game for the PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch platforms since it first launched back in 2016. However, id Software is delivering an update to owners of the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro that will unlock the full processing potential of the consoles. The patch will be available starting tomorrow and will enable 4K resolution support for both consoles, which will finally put the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro on even footing with what's possible on the PC platform. Bethesda says that the increase in image fidelity means that you will likely want to revisit the game in all its gory glory. "Every blast of the BFG, every demon glory kill and every chainsaw slice through... Read more...
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