Eric Yick Leung


Hacked ENDOOM screen in Doom v1.6

Eric Yick Leung, also known as Pook Gai (a Cantonese swear word), was a deathmatch tournament player and student at the University of British Columbia, noted for taking credit for releasing an unofficial v1.6 patch for the registered version of Doom. A self-proclaimed "King of DOOM" and "DOOM-GOD", Eric challenged John Romero to a deathmatch on Usenet. Among other boastful claims, he stated that he practiced "12 hours a day", taking "wake up pills" in order to keep playing.

Recent evidence suggests that the personality and actions of Leung were a deliberate invention as part of an early and elaborate instance of Internet trolling.

According to user Wallyho, "Eric" was a group of four people including himself:

I wrote the text, Steve create the 1.6 patch as we found the ID release was missing assets which would cause it to do a lookup and crash, we scanned the file and patch those assets to ones that were available, Eric gave us his SLIP account for internet access as he didn't have a use for it. I also have emails from Carmack and Romero not shared on usenet. We were very good at Doom but we didn't think we'd win with Romero. It's been 30 years. I wrote that text to get players around Vancouver to play Doom while at UBC. The people who claimed they are 'Eric'. Ask me any of the details. The prose was a play on Alec Baldwin's Malice when he says, 'You know when those families are praying in the waiting room, you know who they are praying to? You ask me if I have a god complex. Quite frankly I am god.'


External links[edit]


  • Usenet post challenging Romero, with Romero's response.
  • 780 Tuners forum post where users TurboBlueNX and Marximus admit to creating the personality of Eric Yick "Pook Gai" Leung during their Doom playing days.[dead link]