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Play id's classic Doom in your web browser


June 2, 2011

Play id's classic Doom in your web browser

Play id's classic Doom in your web browser

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

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
2nd June, 2011 @ 07:23 pm PDT

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

Facebook User
3rd June, 2011 @ 07:44 am PDT

And not on Chrome either

Tom Phoghat Sobieski
3rd June, 2011 @ 01:44 pm PDT

the link is now dead :(

Sabin Alexandrescu
5th June, 2011 @ 11:33 pm PDT
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