Doom Italia is a website for Italian Doom fans. Founded on July 11, 2000 at doomitalia.com, Doom Italia soon became popular among Italian Doomers. In 2001, a new version of the news board was installed, allowing users to interact by rating news articles and posting comments. Since then, the appearance of the site has changed several times. On September 10, 2003 the site joined the SpazioGames network, one of the largest Italian video game networks. It later moved to the doomitalia.it domain.
In 2004, Doom 3 was launched and Doom Italia reached the apex of its popularity, with hundreds of visitors per day and dozens of messages active on the forum. In September of the same year it became necessary for technical reasons to rewrite the web code, but due to the jobs of the webmasters, the work was never fully completed. Despite this, news, articles and the forum continued to be active, although some of the links on the site did not function. Doom Italia continued to be the most important site for Italian Doomers until July 11, 2007, when the contract with the host expired and the webmaster did not renew it.
Following the end of Doomitalia.com, the staff of Doom Italia started to search for a new webspace. The Doomitalia.it project started officially at the end of October 2007, although it was since the summer that there was clear intention by the staff to continue despite the end of the .com site. The new Doom Italia went officially online on November 3, 2007.
Forum and chat
In the very first days of the project, during the summer of 2000, the first thing to be installed inside the site Doomitalia.com was the forum. For three years it remained inside the domain, switching to GamesForum in 2003, while the site joined the SpazioGames network. The forum remained active after the end of Doomitalia.com (July 11, 2007) and then became the forum of Doomitalia.it. Furthermore, in 2007, an official IRC channel on ZDaemon, named #doomitalia, was started, but it was used only for a brief period of time and is no longer available.
Doom Italia today
Since the launch of Doom 3 and Quake 4, the main topics of news and forum discussions have been for years: maps, mods, patches and tools for the Doom and Quake games (particularly Doom 3 and Quake 4, but also the previous chapters of both series); graphical hardware; other id Tech 4-based first person shooters (e.g. Prey, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, the 2009 Wolfenstein); first person shooter tournaments (specifically QuakeCon); and interviews and polls. While none of the previous arguments has become outdated, the attention is now focused also to the new id Software brand Rage, and to the next chapter in the Doom franchise, the long-awaited Doom 4. However, these are not the only topics of discussion.
Doom Italia official staff
See http://www.doomitalia.it/staff.php for a up-to-date list.
|Afullo||Site and Forum Administrator|
|Hexen Terzo||Site Newser and Forum Moderator|
|Neurological||Site Newser and Forum Moderator|
|Teamate||Site Newser and Forum Moderator|
|Steinerized||Site Newser and Forum Moderator|
|Catof||Doomitalia.com Site Founder|
|Eug||Doomitalia.com Site Founder|
|Acardipane||Site Newser in 2001|
|Runza||Site Newser in 2001|
|Hackboyz||Site Newser and Forum Moderator in 2001|
|Megalodon||Site Newser and Forum Moderator in 2001 and 2002|
|Viruz||Site Newser and Forum Moderator in 2003|
|MjKak||Site Newser and Forum Moderator from 2002 to 2005|
|Gyppi||Forum Moderator in 2006, from February to December|
|Thunderbolt||Forum Moderator from 2006 to 2009|
|DaNg3R||Forum Moderator from 2003 to 2010|
|Matte02||Site Newser and Forum Moderator from 2007 to 2010|
Doom Italia community
Today the site receives around 100 hits per day. Since its launch, Doom Italia has received over 480,000 hits.
Number of hits
This table displays the number of hits received by the site Doom Italia at certain moments of its history. Note the great rate of ascent recorded in 2004, year of Doom 3's release.