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Doomworld's front page

Doomworld is a news website dedicated to the computer game Doom, having been founded in 1998. It is hosted by AtomicGamer (TeleFragged LLC) and is independently managed by a small staff of game fans with the help of many contributors. In addition to news, it provides informational resources about Doom and related games, hosting of Doom-related websites, and a community forum with over 9,000 registered users and 800,000 posts as of 2009.

Among its Doom resources and features are:

  • /idgames Archive Database – a web-based frontend to the public Doom file archive hosted by
  • Source ports and utilities listings – documenting most known Doom source ports and utilities
  • 5 Years of Doom – celebrating the game's fifth anniversary, including interviews with John Romero, Tim Willits, and several notable Doom WAD creators, as well as the release of the Doom Bible
  • 10 Years of Doom – a follow-up to the 5 Years feature including several articles about the game's history, and a list of over 100 best WADs of all time
  • Cacowards – a yearly feature published since 2004 aiming to recognize the best new WAD releases of the year

The site received some mention in mainstream media in 1999, due to the controversy surrounding the Columbine High School massacre and shooters Eric Harris's and Dylan Klebold's obsession with Doom. It was one of the first websites to post an editorial defending Doom, and representatives from the site participated in discussions on Good Morning America and CNN.

It obtained permission from John Carmack to redistribute the Doom engine under the terms of the GNU General Public License in 1999.

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