To highlight the vulnerabilities of an unsecured web interface in Canon Pixma printers that allows the uploading of arbitrary binaries as firmware, information security consultant Michael Jordan has made a printer run Doom
) as part of a presentation at 44Con 2014
Last week, American doom/stoner metal band Sleep
released a single entitled 'The Clarity', their first new recording in over sixteen years
, via the 2014 Adult Swim Singles series. [more inside]
Yo ho, matey! Ever get to sorting through Doom mods and think "Wow, that's a lot of techbases and hell castles. I'd really prefer something a bit more Monkey Island-esque"? If so (and even if not), you'll want to check out Pirate Doom
, which dresses up Doom monsters as pirates (down the Imps' fancy hats) and sends the player through 18 levels of pirate-demon action! Rock Paper Shotgun
has a quick writeup, Doomed
has a review of an older version, and here's a video
of level 2, "Melee Island", to give a good idea of what you're in for. [more inside]
The Guardian has an article
describing an upcoming study, funded by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and written by a team headed by Safa Motesharrei
at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
, discussing the prospect that "global industrial civilization could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution". [more inside]
Architecture of Doom
is a Tumblr that collects images of "bleak/ gloomy/ forbidding/ desolate/ unfortunate and totalitarian architecture" from sources like Fuck Yeah Brutalism
and Failed Architecture
. The latter bills itself as a "research platform that aims to open up new perspectives on urban failure – from what it’s perceived to be, what’s actually happening and how it’s represented to the public" and offers some interesting essays and case studies – for example: Hotel Jugoslavija: Spacio-temporal Mosaics of Memorabilia
, Function Follows Form: How Berlin Turns Horror Into Beauty
, and The Poetry of Decay
Twenty years ago tonight, id Software uploaded Doom
to an FTP server at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completely changed the video gaming industry. [more inside]
John Carmack, co-founder and technical director at id Software, has left the company
to focus his full-time attention on his role as chief technical officer at Oculus VR
"I wanted to remain a technical adviser for Id, but it just didn't work out. Probably for the best, as the divided focus was challenging."
Carmack and Id are known for creating the Commander Keen
video game franchises.
The Physics of Light and Rendering
is a talk given at QuakeCon 2013 by John Carmack, co-creator of Doom, Quake, and many other games at id Software and beyond. It provides a detailed but surprisingly understandable history of 3D rendering techniques, their advantages and tradeoffs, and how they have been used in games and movies. (SLYT, 1:32:01, via
Lead programmer John Carmack is clearly the main reason behind the technical superiority of Id's games.... When the contractor Id hired to do the network drivers for Doom didn't come through, Carmack matter-of-factly wrote a network driver and had it up and running the next day.
Monsters from the Id: The Making of Doom
[Project] specialist John Romero ... plays the latest beta making his own sound effects with his mouth to compensate for the game sound effects that haven't been added in yet.
(reprinted from Game Developer
magazine issue #1, January, 1994.)
Remember the Chelyabinsk meteor
that exploded over Russia earlier this year, injuring hundreds and giving us dozens of spectacular dashcam videos? It may have friends
Watch Deviant Art's Elemental79
remaster classic game screen caps of Metroid
into stunning HD works of art.
Ever wanted to watch a video games award show from 1994 hosted by Leslie Neilson and Jonathan Taylor Thomas? Well, your extremely questionable prayers have been answered
(single two hour youtube link, stick around for all the commercials and a very early appearance by Will Arnett)
If Doom and Nethack lived in Estonia and had a baby, it'd be named Teleglitch
, a recently released pixelated action roguelike that will completely murder you if you're not very
careful about how you explore its procedurally-generated corridors, fighting off former coworkers, crafting spare parts into new stuff and hunting for ammo and food and clues as to what the hell went so terribly wrong at the Militech R&D facility on Medusa 1-C. The game has a 4-level demo
(Windows and Linux, Mac
too apparently) which will probably kick your ass plenty all by itself. [more inside]
The zombie apocalypse
. Doomsday Preppers
. Post-apocalyptic pop-culture fiction of doom. What's it about? A Stanford scholar explains
The most-watched show in the history of the National Geographic Channel
or even the longest-running documentary series on cable tv: Explorer
. It's Doomsday Preppers
, a show that documents the "lives of otherwise ordinary Americans" as they prepare for the end of the world. [more inside]
This month we've gone too far, we humans on Earth.
"[H]umanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. We are now operating in overdraft." [more inside]
"...by persisting in the false belief that coral reefs have a future, we grossly misallocate the funds needed to cope with the fallout from their collapse."
In the New York Times, ecologist Roger Bradbury
argues that it's too late to save a big chunk of the Earth's environment, and that we should instead spend our resources getting ready for the challenges we'll face once that part of the world is destroyed. Marine scientists offer varying opinions
on how doomed the reefs are, ranging from "Yep, they're doomed" to "If we stopped increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere today, they would probably stick around in some more or less degraded form" to "it’s clear to me that corals as a group of living things will almost assuredly* construct glorious reefs in millenniums to come of unimaginable richness."
Psychonaut by The Cosmic Dead
is free psych rock. Going Up, Coming Down by Sudden Death of Stars
is free French psych with sitars. Kosmonaut 1 by Kosmonaut
is free Tangerine Dream-style space rock. Sedan by Sedan
is free hypnotic piano and drums. Ouroborus by Hypatia Lake
is free stoner rock. Watch Your Back by Butchers
is free slacker noise psych. Tumbleweeds by Across Tundras
is free prairie rock. Concrete Light by Luger
is free neo-kraut in a Stereolab vein. Born to Deal in Magic: 1952-1976 by Shooting Guns
is free instrumental stoner doom. You Can't Win by The Runnies
is free female-fronted organ trio psych. War of the Giants by Axxicorn
is free stoner metal. [more inside]
China's economy poised to join the rest of us in the toilet.
I certainly hope one of you smart people can prove this article wrong.
id Software have released the source code to Doom 3
under the terms of the General Public License
. [more inside]
Hip hop’s last enigma.
90 minutes of music and interviewing one of the best lyricists there is, via the Red Bull Academy Lecture series. [more inside]
The Doom Roguelike
is really much better than it has any right to be, and has come a long way over the last four years of development. Its spacey sister is the Aliens Roguelike
). Here are some tutorial videos
to get you started, and mefi's own
of DoomRL from 2007.
More apocalyptic doom and gloom, but today's flavor is whiskey
Aging bourbon is expensive—and distilleries are cutting corners to speed up the process. Will the entire industry decline?
Learning from Doom
: Latvian artist Viktor Timofeev
explores the "digital ruin" of the classic 1993 shooter DOOM
, taking dozens of annotated snapshots along the way. It might be the only time you'll see 16th-century Mannerism
, El Lissitzky
, and Arachnotrons
mentioned in the same place.
Matt Barton's Matt Chat
started as a series of discussions on classic video games from Elite
to System Shock 2
. It now features interviews with the likes of Chris Avellone (Planescape Torment
), Tim Cain (Fallout pt.1
, Brian Fargo (The Fall of Interplay
, Waste land and Fallout
, Bard's Tale and Wizardry
), John Romero (Wolfenstein 3D
and the infamous Daikatana
) and Al Lowe (Leasure Suite Larry pt.1
). [more inside]
Doom was a classic game, revolutionary in its time. And it took a high-end machine to run it, like a 486 running 25 MHz (ooh! aah!). Times have changed
"All of us in the environment movement, in other words – whether we propose accomodation, radical downsizing or collapse – are lost."
Is human civilization hitting the sustainability wall? If so, the environmental movement seems blocked about what to do about it, broods George Monbiot
. Nobody likes a "steady state economy", and the worse things get, the harder that option is to achieve. Plus
green contradictions might vitiate effective action: "the same worldview tells us that we must reduce emissions, defend our landscapes and resist both the state and big business. The four objectives are at odds." [more inside]
For the 25th Game Developers Conference, organizers hosted several postmortems for classic games such as Out Of This World, Doom, and Maniac Mansion. They are now free to view online. [more inside]
The world is well on track
to achieve 4 degrees of warming by 2100. In September 2009, a conference organised by
the Tyndall Centre
looked at this scenario
, with the papers recently published in a special issue
of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
. Pr. Anderson of the Tyndall Centre suggests that only 10 percent of humanity
may survive this conflagration.
"Do you find yourself pining for the days of gaming yore? ...for simple sprites and chiptuney soundtracks? Is your computer a bit crap and does 11,000 frames per second sound like something you might enjoy?" A Guide To Some Early FPS Games, Mods, and Source Ports
. [via mefi projects
Dr. Victor von Doom, ruler of Latveria, master of magic and science, demonstrates his new Doom-O-Matic
iD Software has been acquired by ZeniMax media. (Reports here
, and many other places.) John Romero, the co-founder of the company, had some initial concerns
but seems to have cheered up
. No doubt a wide variety of retrospectives, histories, opinions and flames will rise from this most infamously-independent of game studios joining forces/merging/being swallowed by another, younger one. (ZeniMax
was founded in 1999, iD
in 1991.) With iD releasing games with years-long gaps between them, younger readers might not have grown up playing this company's output, but if you've ever run down a hallway with a gun bouncing earnestly before you
and looking through a heads-up display, iD has touched your life too. Masters of Doom
is an excellent history of the company in book form, assuming you still read.
In a talk titled Definancialisation, Deglobalisation, Relocalisation
given at The New Emergency Conference
, Peak Oil activist and writer Dmitry Orlov (previously 1 2 3
) shows how he has come to the conclusion that the oil price spike of summer 2008 was the trigger for the financial collapse that occurred later on in the fall. He goes on to summarize (from his point of view) pretty much everything that has been happening in the past year or so, and what he thinks is coming up next. [more inside]
Just a little too late for Flash Friday, it's Flash Doom 2D
, a fairly solid side-scroller.via Aaron Williams. [more inside]
A visit to id Software, 1993.
A must watch for anyone who's ever played Doom.
America is doomed. Why? Soccer
, fresh from his online State of the World 2008 discussion (previously)
, delivers his succinct prognosis for the new year: 2009 Will Be a Year of Panic
. At least it's an opportunity to say good-bye to the 20th century
at last. (via)
Have we ever been more emotionally volatile, more in thrall to our sensations than now? We had become used to viewing all our neuroses as crises; now a genuine crisis was upon us, it was a cataclysm. Atheist or believer, we have in the last decade been primed for an end-time of sorts, with a stock of latent fears ready and waiting.
Suddenly, all of those fears had an outlet.
Tim Adams contemplates the new Age of Anxiety