DOOM Classic Available on iTunes

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Happy Halloween everyone! Celebrate the horror genre by downloading DOOM Classic on your iPhone.

DOOM Classic includes the original three episodes as well as Episode Four, Thy Flesh Consumed, spread across 36 levels of non-stop carnage and action. The game also has three customizable control schemes designed by John Carmack.

DOOM Classic also supports up to four players via wireless internet — whether you choose to play Deathmatch or Co-Op.

Like DOOM Resurrection, DOOM Classic is available for $6.99 on the iTunes App Store.

Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum hits iTunes App Store

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Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum has been released on the iTunes App Store for the low price of $1.99. This updated version of Wolfenstein 3D Classic features all of the original six episodes and all 21 levels from the Spear of Destiny!

It also includes five new bosses, such as The Death Knight and Ubermutant. This update also allows for users to download custom maps (instructions here) and brush up on their id Software trivia.

If you already have Wolfenstein 3D Classic, this update is free. Simply go to the ‘Updates’ section of the App Store to upgrade to Wolf 3D Platinum.

We have had some users report crashes and HUD issues when applying the Platinum update from the previous version. If you experience these types of issues, removing and reinstalling the Application will fix it.

Weekend Update

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. While I wait for Michigan and Penn State to kick off, I thought I’d share some coverage I’ve seen online in the last week.

With Halloween just a week away, Kotaku is sharing fan-made Jack-O-Lanterns — including the one you see above of Vault Boy. If you happen to create one based on one of our games, be sure to shoot us an email.

Speaking of Kotaku, they posted information on a new community project called The Wasteland Commentaries. It’s purpose is for fans to “create an audio commentary track for Fallout 3 that is accessible in-game via audio holotapes. If successful the Wasteland Commentaries will take some discussions of the game into the spaces that inspired them and provide greater context for reflection.” Sounds cool. To read more about the project, head here.

On the print side, Game Informer #199 (complete with a brand new look) has an article called The Lore Masters, which includes Senior Game Designer Kurt Kuhlmann discussing the lore of The Elder Scrolls, as well as its effect on Greg Keyes writing The Infernal City. Check out the issue on newsstands now.

In id Software news, Digital Battle shares their list of 20 games to look forward to in 2010 — a list which includes RAGE. Meanwhile, Gaming Bolt counts down the Top 20 Greatest FPS Games with three id games making the list — Wolfenstein (#16), Quake (#7), and DOOM 2 (#5). To read the whole list, check out parts 1 and 2.

Finally, through my Google Alerts, I found this column at The Whitworthian, which looks back at The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Here’s an excerpt:

“The modding community for the Elder Scrolls games is huge and going strong. Almost anything that’s in the game can be modified, expanded, or completely removed, and nearly anything that can be dreamed up can be added in. My copy of “Morrowind” is currently running something like 50 mods, three or four of which are my own.”

That’s all for now.

Beyond the id: Meet Peter Sokal

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This week we introduce a new segment to Bethesda Blog, Beyond the id, to highlight our friends and colleagues at id Software. This week we’re kicking things off with Peter Sokal — the Community Manager for id.

How long have you worked as the Community Manager at id Software?
I’ve been working at id for about 10 months now, and it has been quite the ride.

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Around the web: More reviews for WET

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In this “Around the web,” we look at some the latest reviews for WET, plus coverage for Brink, id Software, and even a look back at Daggerfall.

With WET reviews, we begin at Planet Xbox 360, where Tony DaSilva reviewed the game. Here’s a snippet of his review, where he scored the game an 8.5/10:

“With 12 chapters in its campaign, WET offers up a solid play through with consistent action. As for the story, it’s outlandish, but purposely so. Like I said, we’re in a B movie here, and we all know how ridiculous B movies are.”

Elsewhere, Canada’s own GameFocus awarded WET their Editor’s Choice award saying, “Rubi and WET totally rock.”

More WET reviews and more after the break.

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Congrats Armadillo Aerospace!

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id Software’s Co-Founder and Technical Director, John Carmack, along with his team at Armadillo Aerospace , succeeded in a mock Lunar Landing last weekend — putting them in a position to possibly win NASA’s Northrup Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

Here’s a snippet from an article at Space.com:

“The flight represents an achievement not just for Armadillo, but for the whole commercial spaceflight field. With NASA’s space shuttle fleet soon to retire, and the agency’s goal of returning humans to the moon uncertain in the face of political and budget constraints, private companies could play an increasingly important role in space exploration.”

You can hear more from John on the achievement in a web update on Armadillo Aerospace’s official site. Very cool!

PAX 09 Details

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PAX is just over a week away! At this year’s show, our lineup will include hourly, live demonstrations of Brink, as well as a chance to go hands-on with our Fall releases — WET and Rogue Warrior. Additionally, we’ll have playable builds of upcoming Xbox Live Arcade titles — Doom II and Quake Arena Arcade. We’ll also have giveaways at the booth, including Brink t-shirts and posters for Rogue Warrior and WET.

If you’re planning on attending PAX, here’s the scheduled hours our booth will be open:

Friday, 9/4: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, 9/5: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, 9/6: 10:00am – 6:00pm

If you’re looking to check out Brink, the presentations will start at the top of the hour and begin at 10 am each day. The last demo on Friday begins at 6 pm; on Saturday and Sunday the final demo will be at 5 pm.

For more details on PAX 09, visit the official site. Hope to see you at the show!