In E1M2, we talk about getting downvoted and how that makes us feel bad, being cool on Doomworld, the unreal strife of the dark forces, twitter being a cool place for self-promotion, Randy Pitchford’s status as the most embarrassing CEO, the data of Day of the Tentacle, speedrunning being passé, beating John Romero’s stepchild, why Duke Nukem 3D’s maps are better than Doom’s, why 3DGE is a useless source port, the release dates of Half-Life and Unreal, Bethesda’s Doom 2016 and its incredible modding, how much people love EWolf32, how much we love Aleph One, and how much we’re anticipating the next Doom Radio podcast.
Note from admin: We’d like to welcome TerminusEst13 and his crew’s new show, tentatively titled “Intermission”, to the Doom Radio family of programs. Let us know if you like it by leaving a comment.
In E1M1, we talk about Doom being popular and how unlikely that is, what happens when you smoosh wads together, Jumpmaze being for casual scum, Requiem for best aesthetics Cacoward, how much I hate Cyriak, Zandronum compatibility, New Zealand internet being inherently superior for GZDoom netplay, me not working on DUMP 3, Kinsie’s love life, why DemonSteele will never have its own mapset, juvenile power fantasies, how much we love a mod with a name we can’t even remember, and 2012 returning for part two.
Today, Tango TV interviews DavidPH, a previously mostly-unknown figure in the Doom community responsible for much of the modernization effort involving ACS (the scripting language introduced by Hexen) and ACC (its compiler). We talk about such subjects as:
- David’s first modifications, and his scripting language for creating Doom maps
- His contributions to ZDoom and the Eternity Engine, plus a failed attempt at writing a Doom clone
- The purpose of ACS, and his efforts to improve it by creating a new compiler, and supporting other languages such as C
- Nitty-gritty details about ACS bytecode and the ACS virtual machine
Though much of the discussion is technical in nature, David makes a sincere effort to explain the concepts in a way most listeners could understand, so there’s no reason to be intimidated by the content of this episode.
2015 was another good year for our favourite FPS, playing host to tons of cool new releases, most of which (we hope!) were covered or otherwise mentioned in the 22nd Annual Cacowards. As a follow-up to the 2013 year-in-review, in which Doom Radio stitched together a two-hour special covering the ins and outs of the selection process, plus extras, we decided to do the same again, taking extra care to be even more self-congratulatory on a job well done.
Sitting down to pick apart the selections and generally big ourselves up are co-hosts Tarnsman and dew, who as many will recognise is the chief writer for the multiplayer section of the Cacowards.
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The most recent Tango TV interview is with a veteran of the Doom community, James Haley, more often known as Quasar. Join us as we discuss a veritable cornucopia of topics, including:
- The Eternity TC and the Eternity Engine
- His contributions to the source port scene in general, such as UDMF
- The Genealogy of Source Ports article written for 10 Years of Doom
- His work with Kaiser on Strife: Veteran Edition
- Recent history of the Doom Wiki and his efforts to improve it
…And just like Jason Voorhees at the beginning of every Friday the 13th, the battered cadaver of Doom Radio aka Tango TV comes lumbering back to life… or unlife, if you’re a glass-half-empty kinda guy. What invaluable opinions will we thrust into the face of the unsuspecting community today?
No points for guessing that this week’s (month’s? year’s?) Program B discussion is about the Doom 4 reveal from Sunday June 14th’s Bethesda E3 press conference. Host regulars Alfonzo and Matt Tropiano sit down with The Mionic Donut and Sideshow Pavera to blab out the beast at large; our expectations, first impressions, and wildest speculations. Listen to the 1 hour special!
As you may have noticed, there’s been something of a setback on the Anders interview. Tough gig, that. He was all primed and ready to rumble after dew managed to snare a timeslot, but alas! don’t worry too much, though; if you’ve been tearing your hair out over the last few months for lack of Doom Radio material (such a dedicated listenership!), here’s a little something to cheer you up (it won’t help with the hair loss though):
An interview with mouldy!! Yes, that guy with the videos.
Retrieved from the depths of the vault, join Xaser and company as he launches the newest Doom Radio series, Post Mordeth. Focusing on post-mortem-style discussions about already-released projects, the topic of the first episode is the Plutonia: Revisited Community Project released in April of 2011. Join host Xaser, contributors Mtrop and dew, and project leader Joshy as they talk about the project’s development process, including playtesting, vanilla limits, maps cut from the project, and other topics that I have forgotten by now.
For this week’s episode of Program B, host regular Matt Tropiano and Doom superstar Rottking sit down to talk about recent events in the world of our favourite FPS. Actually, it might be truer to say that I hold them hostage with a bunch of questions for an hour, but who’s to know? Featuring as part of this week’s discussion:
- Gotta go fast: The speedmapping process and tips for folks who struggle to make levels within an alotted time. Having participated in tens of different speedmapping events, I’ve not once managed to make a map within 100 minutes, or even 2 hours! What do, captain?
- Fringe world IWADs. Which games would we really like to see more maps for, and why? Which IWADs have the most promise, given a range of unique gameplay mechanics or resources that might have not seen their full potential realised in the stock levels?
- Multiplayer Insularity Part III: Rottking offers his own two cents on the matter of bridging the gap between the multiplayer scene and the wider community.
What’s this I hear, a Doom Radio aka TTV Program B episode recorded one week after the previous one? Is a schedule finally emerging? Have the skies opened up to reveal the eschatological end-times of the universe? Whatever, there’s still plenty of Doom afoot and we’re back to chime in on some of last week’s more interesting events. Joined by Tarnsman and MionicDonut, this week features as its chief points of discussion:
- The camping outfit. No, not the marshmallows and spooky stories kind… unless you find the prospect of a player propped up in the doorway to be a scary disassembly of your carefully orchestrated encounter.
- The merits and pitfalls of Memfis’s proposed tagging system. How useful is it? Is it worth the trouble?
- Multiplayer insularity redux: getting people to play more multiplayer, and getting feedback to be properly registered. TMD proposes an interesting duel tournament setup and discusses the viability of a deathmatch equivalent for the doomworld megawad club.
- Planning another Map07, Map30 or Knee-deep In The Dead remake? KNOCK IT OFF!