Coop play over the internet
I had a day off from work today and this evening I thought I’d ask my friend Dansun to join me in a game of Doom. Now the only problem is that we live quite a long distance from each other. The solution is to play some coop over the internet. Yes it is possible to use Dosbox coupled with it’s excellent IPX tunneling over TCP/IP. However I had a go with Chocolate Doom instead. I was the green marine and Dansun the indigo.
Claws and Dansun
Me and Dansun have played both LAN and internet games using Chocolate prior to this without any major hiccups. Sometimes during internet play lag will set in but usually it’s not too bothersome. This evening our sights were set on Doom 2. We had a blast and some minor infighting occured at various points in the game. I played using keyboard+mouse and Dansun wanted to try out the support for his Logitech Precision gamepad. For now Chocolate Doom doesn’t support binding all the functions to the joypad buttons; but I am pretty sure Fraggle will incorporate this in a future release. It might even come with weapon cycle up and down just like the PSX version of Doom has. That would make Dooming a lot easier for people wanting to use a joypad.
Doom truly is three games wrapped up in a neat little package. First off you have a great array of maps to play in single player, when you get sick of the maps that come with the game just download a PWAD and off you go. Then there’s deathmatch, the ultimate contest between 2-4 marines – fragging all night long to see who will prevail.
Then there’s cooperative play; coop for short. This is a game mode that I think is underused in modern games. What could be more fun (except deathmatch) than running around various tricky maps while facing weird demons and blasting them back whence they came?
To this day I still think Doom is the best game ever made. Now, there are off course other games that I play but Doom will always have that special place in my heart. That’s just my opinion and we all have those special games that mean a lot to us. Perhaps it was the first game we played, the game we play the most or something entirely different all together. Ok, back to coop. We had a lot of fun and even though we weren’t playing at our best – the most important thing for us was to have fun. Boy did we have fun.
If you want to watch the entire demo it can be found here. Remember you will need Doom 2 installed. As usual, hit F12 when playing back the demo to switch view from the green marine to the indigo marine.