Why aren't bugs fun anymore? Nowadays, the only time you hear about a glitch is when a game keeps freezing, or somebody's mouth doesn't move properly in a cutscene, or it’s an online multiplayer goof that actually ruins the experience for everyone else. When Doom was around, glitches weren't just about throwing your keyboard out of the window in frustration. They were both fun and bizarrely amazing.
For instance, there is a rare glitch in which a monster will commit suicide if it throws a projectile at an exploding barrel and gets hit by the splash damage. Since the monster technically caused damage to its own HP and is programmed to infight with anything that does so, the monster targets itself and will commit seppuku before your eyes. Then there's the famous "telefrag" glitch, where you can use a teleport at the same time as an enemy and cause them to explode. All good fun!
There are bags full of astounding exploits in the Doom games, many of which are very rare and take dedicated skill to recreate. You just don't get that in games anymore. It's all corrupted save files or bricked consoles ... and they are, unfortunately, not rare at all.
Chex Quest was a total conversion of The Ultimate Doom, with redrawn sprites that turned a Hell-drenched game full of slavering demons into a charming adventure in which a man wearing cereal for armor shot non-lethal transportation guns at cute green aliens. So popular was this game (the first ever CD-based title to be packaged into cereal), that sales of Chex increased by 200%. It didn’t stop with Chex, either. There are countless total conversions that redress Doom in infinite ways, each one essentially creating a brand new experience.
Above: Notice the aforementioned badass music is still in place
Why on Earth has Halo not found its way into a box of Cap'n Crunch, and where is our Killzone Krispies? Truly, Doom was such a trailblazer that nobody has ever dared walk the path it forged. Well, we will recognize all you tried to do for the industry, even if your so-called descendents have failed.
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