Dante's Gate is a single-level PWAD designed by John "Dr. Sleep" Anderson. In an era when level editing tools were fairly primitive, it distinguished itself by a strong emphasis on theme and mood, as well as by technical soundness. It is now considered an all-time classic.
At least five versions of the map are widely available:
- Version 1.0 (DANTES.WAD), released May 17, 1994.
- Version 1.2 (DANTE12.WAD), released July 16, 1994.
- Version 1.666 (DANTE666.WAD), released November 23, 1994.
- Version 2.0 (DANTE2.WAD), released October 17, 1994.
- Version 2.5 (DANTE25.WAD), released February 21, 1996.
The first three WADs replace E1M1; the other two replace MAP02. The level appeared in Maximum Doom as DANTE2.WAD, DANTE21.WAD, and DANTES2.WAD.
- 1 Walkthrough
- 2 Areas / screenshots
- 3 Speedrunning
- 4 Deathmatch
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Technical information
- 7 Inspiration and development
- 8 Trivia
- 9 See also
- 10 Sources
- 11 External links
Other points of interest
Areas / screenshots
Routes and tricks
The records for the original map on the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:
|UV max||7:01||Michael Novikov||2003-11-08||dantes_mn.zip|
The records for v1.2 of the map on the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:
|UV max||8:07||Michael Novikov||2003-11-08||dante12_mn.zip|
The records for v2.5 of the map on the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:
|UV max||6:17||Never Again||2009-11-30||dante25uv_na.zip|
|UV -fast||9:52||Never Again||2001-12-20||dante-gm.zip|
Version 1.666 of this map was created to accommodate an obscure engine bug in Doom 1.666, which affected floor triggers tagged to multiple sectors.
Inspiration and development
The following additional releases of Dante's Gate have been reported:
- Version 1.1 (June 14, 1994).
- Version 2.1 (December 15, 1994).
- Version 2.2 (July 5, 1995).
- Version 2.3 (August 8, 1995).
- Version 2.4 (November 11, 1995).
In the readme file for version 2.5, Dr. Sleep lists no fewer than eleven editing tools (and two image processing programs) as having "had a significant effect" on the WAD.
- , by Funduke
- Dante's Gate demos at the Doomed Speed Demos Archive
- The Subjective History of Doom Editing, version 0.1 by Raphaël Quinet (archived)