Before there was Doom, there was this

Monday, 30 June 2014 23:28 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Mullets, Genesis games, an unfinished copy of Doom and more feature in this half hour tour of id Software, circa 1993.

The footage was posted on Vimeo by John Romero, with the following description.

“In 1993, Dan Linton, owner of a hugely successful BBS called Software Creations, visited Texas and made his way to id Software. This is the footage he recorded one night in November 1993.

“Shown are several of id’s employees at the time: Jay Wilbur, Shawn Green, John Romero, Dave Taylor, Sandy Petersen and Adrian Carmack. Bobby Prince was visiting to finish the music and create the sound effects.

“This video has 21 minutes of me playing DOOM before the sound effects were put in as well as some early deathmatching with Shawn Green.”

Wow. What a delightful slice of gaming history. It’s bittersweet to see this team; more than twenty years on, many of the key players have moved on, and id is owned by Bethesda parent company Zenimax Media. Id, as I certainly hope you know, largely invented the first-person shooter, first with Wolfenstein, then Doom, then Quake.

A Visit to id Software from john romero on Vimeo.

Thanks, Destructoid.