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.
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