Happy 20th birthday, Doom!

Today’s doom-turns-20big game launches are massive media events. Die-hard fans brave all sorts of weather to line up, stores open at midnight, and CEOs hand out the first few copies.

But even the carnival atmosphere of today’s biggest titles pales compared to the launch of the seminal, controversial first-person Doom, which made its debut 20 years ago today.

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Facebook targets traditional gamers

Facebook games — whether they tie into larger entertainment properties or are island unto themselves — tend to have a formula.

Make sure players can interact with their friends in some way. Don’t deviate far from the established handful of models that have proven successful. And never, ever, make a game that targets the core gamer. Facebook is casual territory.

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‘Doom’ creator making a new shooter

John Romero, one of the chief architects of the seminal first-person shooter Doom, is returning to the genre that made him a celebrity.

It’s been a dozen years since Romero has made a shooter, but in an interview with Eurogamer, he confirmed plans to return to making action games, though he’s not ready to divulge a lot of details yet.

Read more at Yahoo! Games