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Stephen Hawking Warns We Could Destroy Ourselves With Science Before We Invent a Way to Avoid It

Don't worry; we might have a few thousand years. Or not.

Hey there, humanity. What's in the news today? Oh, only that one of our most famously brilliant minds thinks we're in very real danger of being wiped out in the near future, and we currently have absolutely no backup plan if and when that happens. No big deal.

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John Romero Released a Brand New DOOM Level, We All Feel a Little Older

John Romero went ahead and pulled a Kill Bill-style Hattori Hanzo and created his first DOOM level in more than 21 years.

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World Video Game Hall of Fame Inducts First Class

*Breaks out the Atari*

We have the first class in the new World Video Game Hall of Fame! They are: Pong (1958), Pac-man (1980), Tetris (1984), Super Mario Bros. (1985), Doom (1993), and World of Warcraft (2004)

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Dorkly Presents 5 Amazing Things In Terrible Video Game Movies

Doom wasn't that bad - ugh, no, it totally was.

Not all video game movies are great. Okay, most video game movies aren't great. But some of those not-great video game movies have some not-so-terrible elements in them that redeem them ever-so-slightly. Head over to Dorkly to see their list of five amazing things in otherwise terrible flicks. I'll be over here just being grateful that the Mass Effect movie never happened.

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John Carmack Joins Oculus Rift Maker As CTO

Virtual reality is virtually reality at this point.

John Carmack, the co-founder of id Software who pioneered 3D graphics and the first-person shooter with Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake, is moving on to a new level of first-person gaming. It's just been announced that Carmack will be the chief technical officer for Oculus, the company that makes the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

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Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop Cleverly Infiltrates DOOM

Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop rose to meme prominence fairly quickly. We chose to focus on him casually pepper spraying great works of art, because we felt his tour through art was funnier and more compelling than the majority of the meme, which just shoved him into any old situation. However, his appearance in DOOM is extremely clever, in that some trickster took a bit of time and care morphing the space marine on DOOM's cover into the cop, weird upside-down hand and all.

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Look at the Neat Video Game Art Today

Normally, the Internet is a place of fear, but today, it seems to be a place where neat video game art roams, starting with the above Doom fingernail painting.

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Doom and Doom 2 Were in Same Classification as Porn In Germany Until Yesterday

Germany is up there with Australia when it comes to countries that are hard on violent games. However, both have recently been making strides to become a little more accepting. Apparently starting with the backlog, yesterday Germany re-rated Doom and Doom 2, giving both a 16+ rating where before they had been indexed by the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons, which put them in the same restrictive category as pornography.

It turns out that 10 years after something is indexed, an appeal can be entertained and Bethesda, who aquired id back in 2009, figured they might as well try. Well, it worked. It seems that this isn't just a lark either. The third Gears of War title has been granted a rating as well instead of being relegated to the index like the two previous games, and Microsoft is pushing Germany to reconsider the rest of the series. It seems that Germany might finally be lightening up on depictions of gratuitous violence, although when you put it that way, it seems a little bit weird to be celebrating it. Still, the Doom games are the historical foundation of the most popular video game genre today, so regardless of how much gibbing there is, there is certainly something to be appreciated there.

(via Joystiq)

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DOOM in JavaScript and HTML5, Playable in Your Browser

In some respects, DOOM is the "Hello World!" of gaming, and so this marks a little milestone for the growing power of JavaScript and HTML5 if the bootable in-browser Linux kernel wasn't enough: Alon Zakai has ported DOOM to the browser, no Flash required.

Use the normal Doom keyboard controls: For the menu, arrow keys and enter; for the game, arrow keys, control, space and alt (hold to strafe). Use your browser's zoom to adjust the screen size (usually control + and control -). Loading and saving games do work, but only until you leave the page. TODO: Use IndexedDB for persistent storage.
You can play it here in Firefox or Safari. Warning: Insanely slow in Chrome, don't bother. Technical details here. (Alon Zakai via RWW)

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