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Play id's classic Doom in your web browser

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June 2, 2011

I'd forgive you for thinking that a 1993-era first-person shooter running in a web browser is not particularly worthy of Gizmag's attention, with the browser-based Quake Arena having been online since 2009. What makes this noteworthy is that while Quake Arena runs as compiled x86 code and a browser plugin, this Doom port relies solely on web standards like HTML5's Canvas element and Javascript. That sound you hear is an infinite number of high-school IT teachers groaning.

I might still be in my twenties, but I haven't forgotten installing a bought copy of Netscape 1.0 off a floppy disc and using it to code my first website in HTML 2.0. While this port might only run at 35 frames per second on a fully loaded 2011 MacBook Pro, the fact it's possible at all is a stark reminder of how far we've come since blink tags, framesets and table-based layouts.

Play it here, read the developer notes here or download the complete source code here.

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Tim Hanlon Tim originally came to Gizmag as a developer, much to the dismay of anyone who had to maintain, build on, or rewrite his code. After wearing every other hat that didn't have a head for it, he became CEO in 2010. Outside Gizmag, he trains Muay Thai and plays too much Destiny. All articles by Tim Hanlon
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4 Comments

I still play Doom II. Only I go for the \"community developed\" games. Some of them really are full on // graphically spectacular / amazingly amazing // exceedingly clever versions of the stock WAD files.

Mr Stiffy

That\'s funny, the game does NOT work on MY Firefox browser! Hmmm.... :-(

Facebook User

And not on Chrome either

Tom Sobieski

the link is now dead :(

Sabin Alexandrescu
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