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* A bug in Doom95 prevents demo recording when starting the game via the Doom95 launcher. As soon as the game is launched (with instructions to record a demo), Doom95 quits and returns to the desktop with an error: "I_Error says: demo <demoname> recorded". An unofficial patch has been released that fixes this bug (by altering the file DOOMLNCH.DLL).
 
* A bug in Doom95 prevents demo recording when starting the game via the Doom95 launcher. As soon as the game is launched (with instructions to record a demo), Doom95 quits and returns to the desktop with an error: "I_Error says: demo <demoname> recorded". An unofficial patch has been released that fixes this bug (by altering the file DOOMLNCH.DLL).
  
* Mice do not work with Doom95 under [[Wikipedia:Windows 2000|Windows 2000]] and later [[Wikipedia:Microsoft Windows|Windows]] versions. This is because these operating systems do not support [[Wikipedia:VxD|VXD]] files, and Doom95 uses the file DMOUSE.VXD to communicate with the mouse.
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* Mice does not work with Doom95 under [[Wikipedia:Windows 2000|Windows 2000]] and later [[Wikipedia:Microsoft Windows|Windows]] versions. This is because these operating systems do not support [[Wikipedia:VxD|VXD]] files, and Doom95 uses the file DMOUSE.VXD to communicate with the mouse.
  
 
* The [[automap]] function for marking the current position with a number is extremely buggy. In addition to severe rendering bugs, the actual markers are not displayed at all or are displayed in the wrong positions. Adding the markers can even crash the game, though this is rare. The automap can be restored from the buggy state by moving the view away from the marker or by clearing all marks.
 
* The [[automap]] function for marking the current position with a number is extremely buggy. In addition to severe rendering bugs, the actual markers are not displayed at all or are displayed in the wrong positions. Adding the markers can even crash the game, though this is rare. The automap can be restored from the buggy state by moving the view away from the marker or by clearing all marks.

Revision as of 12:44, 4 April 2010

Doom95 is a port of Doom to Win9x operating systems included in some releases of the Doom games. This port was developed by Microsoft to serve as a flagship for their DirectX technology, and was released on August 20, 1996. It supports four screen resolutions (320x200 and 640x400 for full screen use and 320x240 and 640x480 for windowed modes) and has a launcher to configure options for external PWADs, player controls and multiplayer settings. It has a slightly higher visplane limit than the original Doom, allowing more complicated maps. Doom95 works with Doom, Ultimate Doom, Doom II and Final Doom. It also has cheat codes that are exclusive to it, such as the ability to kill all of the monsters in a level. Several additional command line parameters were also implemented into it.

History

In late 1995, Doom was estimated to be installed on more computers worldwide than Microsoft's new operating system Windows 95, despite million-dollar advertising campaigns for the latter. The game's popularity prompted Bill Gates to briefly consider buying id Software, and led Microsoft to develop a Windows 95 port of Doom to promote the operating system as a gaming platform. One related presentation to promote Windows 95 had Bill Gates digitally superimposed into the game.

The team at Microsoft who ported Doom to Windows was started by Gabe Newell [1], who later co-founded Valve Software and developed Half-Life, and headed by Alex St. John, the creator of the DirectX specification.

Bugs

  • Due to a bug in its handling of certain types of graphics cards, Doom95 does not render the partial invisibility effect in its original form. Instead of seeing directly through the sprite, with some cards the user sees a wall texture or other background "refracted" through the creature's body at a slight angle, as though looking at an object through a glass of water. This makes invisible enemies somewhat easier to see, especially in dark rooms; on the other hand, tracking the movement of non-invisible creatures behind them can be more challenging, especially when trying to aim one's weapon through a pile of invisible corpses (which can easily occur, for example, in E1M9: Military Base). On other cards the effect produces bright yellow and magenta pixels which make the affected things stand out very clearly. Both visual glitches can be prevented by disabling DirectDraw acceleration using the -emulate parameter.
  • A bug in Doom95 prevents demo recording when starting the game via the Doom95 launcher. As soon as the game is launched (with instructions to record a demo), Doom95 quits and returns to the desktop with an error: "I_Error says: demo <demoname> recorded". An unofficial patch has been released that fixes this bug (by altering the file DOOMLNCH.DLL).
  • Mice does not work with Doom95 under Windows 2000 and later Windows versions. This is because these operating systems do not support VXD files, and Doom95 uses the file DMOUSE.VXD to communicate with the mouse.
  • The automap function for marking the current position with a number is extremely buggy. In addition to severe rendering bugs, the actual markers are not displayed at all or are displayed in the wrong positions. Adding the markers can even crash the game, though this is rare. The automap can be restored from the buggy state by moving the view away from the marker or by clearing all marks.
  • In the Doom95 launcher the title of E1M1: Hangar is misspelled "Hanger" (the name for the TNT map of the same name).
  • The screen is slightly stretched, horizontally. As a result, enemies look shorter, rocket explosions are oval instead of round, etc.
  • Less of the player's weapon is shown on screen when compared to the MS-DOS version.

Differences between vanilla Doom and Doom95

  • Unlike the later DOS versions of the Doom games, Doom95 cannot play back true MIDIs, only real MUS files.
  • Some of Doom95's quit messages differ slightly from vanilla Doom, mostly by removing references to DOS.
  • The sound effects are played back at a slightly lower pitch than in regular Doom played under DOS.

See also

Sources

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