Wolfenstein 3D Anniversary Yields Wolfenfruit

Over the weekend, id Software, hallmark developers of game franchises Doom and Quake, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of Wolfenstein 3D, the game widely considered to be the original first-person shooter. May 5, 1992, Wolfenstein 3D descended from the mad combination of Muse Software’s Wolfenstein series and John Carmack’s brain juices to pretty much every DOS-rockin’ computer in the land.

It might also be considered a pioneer in the episodic gaming format, but we’ll figure that out later.

Anyways, as promised through the id Software Twitter, this week has yielded some nice treats for fans of the game. For instance, you can play the game for free two ways: 1) through a brand new port for your browser using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (no <canvas> as far as I can tell), and 2) through the App Store with a sale price ongoing for Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum. Steam also has some Wolfensales for nostalgic gamers; you can pick up the Wolf Pack for 75% off ($3.75) and the Super id Software Pack for 50% off ($49.99).

Finally, you can watch John Carmack, lead (and possibly sole) programmer of Wolfenstein 3D and co-founder of id Software, play and commentate the game. If you’ve ever heard Carmack talk before, though, you’ll know he tends to get carried away and go off on technical tangents about paging schemes and figuring out ray casting on his NeXT machine, so be prepared to be blown away by knowledge.

Source: id Software Twitter

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