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    Review & How-To: Play the Iconic, Genre-Defining First-Person Shooter on BlackBerry 10 with DoomGLES



    Play the Iconic, Genre-Defining First-Person Shooter DOOM on BlackBerry-doom-demons-love-blackberry-too.jpg
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    Ah...good old DOOM! Do you remember DOOM? If you are at all into video games and were around in or before the 90's, then you probably know DOOM, and if not, quite frankly you should! DOOM is a classic, legendary video game that defined the genre of the first-person shooter. The game was created by id Software, a company with a huge legacy best known for their classics such as Wolfenstein 3D (the first 3D shooter game ever to exist) and their Quake series. Still around today, the company has been hard at work on the fourth installment of DOOM, a continuation of the modern, popular horror/survival shooter, DOOM 3.

    As awesome as the modern DOOM games are, sometimes nothing quite compares to the classics. For this reason, many people still play the retro DOOM games today. They most often make use of source ports which improve some elements of the game while ultimately, ideally maintaining the original feel and experience. Some of these source ports have made it over to the mobile realm of gaming, and lucky for us, one of the ports is available for BlackBerry 10 thanks to developer Michael Ryssen.

    The game, available for only $1.99 in BlackBerry App World, is called DoomGLES. If you want to jump right into the classic, action-packed, demon and zombie-slaying fun, you can install it, run it, and play the shareware version of the original DOOM right away. However, it is important to understand that you are buying the port from this developer, rather than buying the actual DOOM games. For this reason, to install full DOOM games onto your BlackBerry device, you must be willing to do a little bit of legwork and own (preferably legitimate) copies of the game WAD files. I have made a simple, easy-to-follow video showing you exactly how to get all of the full DOOM games up and running on your BlackBerry.

    What You Will Need:

    • The Ultimate Doom, DOOM II: Hell on Earth, Final DOOM: TNT Evilution, and/or Final DOOM: Plutonia Experiment installed on your computer
    • BlackBerry Link, a USB cable, and your file operator (e.g. Windows Explorer) to drag and drop files from your computer to your BlackBerry
    • A visit to the developer's website to obtain the necessary OGG and GLES files here


    Video Guide on Installation:



    The Review:

    When launching DoomGLES, the first screen you are presented with could be referred to as the launch screen. This is where you can select which one of the classic DOOM games it is that you want to run. In addition, you can also configure some visual options and game settings from this screen.

    Play the Iconic, Genre-Defining First-Person Shooter DOOM on BlackBerry-doomgles-launch-settings.png

    If you are running DoomGLES without having installed any of the full games, the only option that will work for you is "Doom1." This will load the original DOOM (non-Ultimate DOOM) and will only have the first episode, Knee Deep in the Dead available to play. This is the shareware version which, as I stated in the video above, was one of the most widely downloaded pieces of software of all time. For any of the full games that you have installed, you can select the corresponding option to launch that DOOM game.

    If you aren't sure how to configure your launch options, I would recommend starting off with how I have it set in the preceding screen capture. This will allow the game to visually look fairly pleasing while also providing for solid performance. If you turn on the enhanced liquid textures by selecting "Blood" and "Water," then your battery will be eaten up at a faster rate due to the graphics processor having to work harder. Additionally, I have my game set to allow me to move around with one thumb, and to look/aim/shoot with the other. Lastly, I selected "No Always Run" to allow for some granularity in how fast movement occurs based on how quickly you swipe with your thumb. If you uncheck that option, you may find that the character moves too fast to comfortably control. Of course, these settings are all personal preference and I would recommend playing around with different combinations of options and deciding what works best for your enjoyment of DoomGLES.

    As for the game itself, the developer, Ryssen, brought the visual quality of OpenGLES to DOOM, making everything in the game completely three-dimensional and giving the textures a considerable boost in fidelity. Essentially, it is still DOOM, but it will look as good as id Software's next game, Quake. It plays exceptionally well for a mobile port of this type of game, and once you get accustomed to the feel of the controls and physical space with which you have to play, DOOM on your BlackBerry becomes a real treat!

    Play the Iconic, Genre-Defining First-Person Shooter DOOM on BlackBerry-doomgles-z10-showcase-picture-2.jpg
    In the picture above, taken from Ultimate DOOM Episode 2, The Shores of Hell, the demons have overwhelmed the lost Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) base on Deimos (one of the two moons of Mars), and have started to reshape and repurpose the very walls of the facility to become a Hell in its own right.

    If you aren't already familiar with DOOM, the game consists of different levels in which your character, a space marine (and often referred to as "DOOM Guy"), must navigate his way through demonically-invaded bases on the moons of mars. The objectives are simply to kick some demon behind, find as many of the secret areas as you can, and most importantly--to get to the exit of each level alive! You will also need to pick up key cards to open locked areas along the way. When you see a door with a red, blue, or yellow/orange outline, that means you need the corresponding color key card to open that door. While certainly not the most complex game, especially considering today's standards, the action-packed, exhilarating experience of being surrounded--sometimes bombarded--with demons and having to blast your way out can provide for hours upon hours of fun!

    Play the Iconic, Genre-Defining First-Person Shooter DOOM on BlackBerry-doomgles-z10-showcase-picture-1.png
    The famous (perhaps infamous) room in which a player is presented with a fake exit switch, which when pressed, leads to a massive ambush.


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    The first confrontation with a Cyberdemon, arguably the most iconic demon and boss from the entire DOOM franchise. Yes, that's a rocket launcher mounted on his arm!


    So, in closing, I highly encourage both new and old DOOMers alike to check out DoomGLES in the BlackBerry App World and savor every moment you have playing it. It truly is a video game that we all should be thankful was developed, as it set into motion the wheels of inspiration and potential for countless (if not the majority) of future action/shooter games to come. For me, I think I've been playing DOOM since I was in Kindergarten, and I have no plans to stop, for it is truly a video game that has survived the test of time.

    Be sure to call for reinforcements in the comments if you need any further assistance with installing and setting DoomGLES up. I will do my best to respond to you! Happy gaming!
    Last edited by STV0726; 06-22-14 at 05:22 PM.
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  2. tryfe's Avatar
    06-17-14 07:00 PM
  3. rebroker2009's Avatar
    Wow thanks! Couldn't have done it without you OP!

    Q10 with Telus on 10.3.0.296
    06-17-14 07:01 PM
  4. STV0726's Avatar
    Wow thanks! Couldn't have done it without you OP!

    Q10 with Telus on 10.3.0.296
    Let's read more carefully next time...the thread title says "placeholder."

    This should come tomorrow some time.
    06-17-14 07:42 PM
  5. pttptppt's Avatar
    What is doom?

    Posted via CB10
    06-17-14 08:29 PM
  6. rebroker2009's Avatar
    Lol hope it's not password protected. Thought the game was placeholder doom like another edition

    Q10 with Telus on 10.3.0.296
    eldricho likes this.
    06-17-14 08:39 PM
  7. adamschuetze's Avatar
    Doom is what befalls people who post password-locked OS leaks.
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    06-17-14 09:52 PM
  8. STV0726's Avatar
    Alright folks,

    The article is complete and ready for publishing.
    06-22-14 04:13 PM
  9. pkcable's Avatar
    Looks like someone is bucking for a regular job! Nice work again!
    06-22-14 05:07 PM
  10. STV0726's Avatar
    Looks like someone is bucking for a regular job! Nice work again!
    Thank you, Pkcable, much appreciated!
    06-22-14 05:15 PM
  11. STV0726's Avatar
    If this gets published, we can omit the picture with the upside-down cross so no one gets offended.
    06-23-14 01:25 PM
  12. menshawy's Avatar
    What is doom?

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    What is DOOM?? When you were born? ;-D

    Posted via CB10
    06-23-14 01:32 PM
  13. menshawy's Avatar
    That's really great!! I'm not much into gaming on phones but for the sake of the old days I'd play it, thanks OP!

    Any chance to play Duke Nukem 3D?

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    06-23-14 01:33 PM
  14. tdyhedge's Avatar
    I'm already playing Doom and such on my Windows 7 PC using Dosbox...will I be able to use what I have there to install it on my BlackBerry?

    Via my simply amazing ? Q10 10.2.1.3175
    06-23-14 01:41 PM
  15. STV0726's Avatar
    Yes you will copy your wad files (e.g. Doom.wad) in the directory it's loaded in your computer to your BlackBerry in the directories I show in the video.
    06-23-14 02:19 PM
  16. pttptppt's Avatar
    I'd much prefer quake, tbh. But good job

    Posted via CB10
    06-23-14 04:02 PM

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