Oct 202017
 

No mention of eye of newt or toe of frog.

Doom TrilogyFans of first person shooters should have a soft spot for Doom from id Software. While it wasn’t the first game of this type, it’s certainly one of the pioneer titles that helped popularise the genre, and led to a number of follow-ups and expansions. The game  featured texture-mapped surfaces and varying room and level heights – a step up from the simpler Wolfenstein 3D, the previous game from the same company – as well as mood-setting MIDI music, and the ability to swap out the internal data files (WAD, which stands for “Where’s All the Data?”) with alternatives, featuring new levels.

The game engine was ported a number of platforms, including RISC OS, and a fully licensed commercial version was released and sold by R-Comp Interactive in 1998 – and last year the company released a new version of Final Doom, updated to work on modern RISC OS hardware, and benefiting from the option to use an MP3-based soundtrack rather than the original MIDI music. Continue reading »

 October 20, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Sep 022012
 

It’s like a snippets post, but all for one developer!

Fat32FS, a filing system for USB mass storage devices, has been updated to version 1.40.

Announcing the update last week, developer Jeffrey Doggett explained that with this release the drive label can be changed from the menu, rather than having to use the command line, and that it also shows the partitions (if any) in use on the drive, and now partially supports extended partitions.

At the same time, Jeffrey announced version 1.11 of Doom, his port to RISC OS from the Linux sources of id Software’s classic first person shooter. This, explains Jeff, is to support the latest FreeDoom beta release. Continue reading »

 September 2, 2012  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,