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Yes, the headline is correct: Doom now supports selfies. As ridiculous as that sounds, it appears that the self-photography culture fostered by the Kardashians and adopted by the millennials has invaded id Software's classic game, Doom.
Over on Doomworld, there's a new mod called “InstaDoom” by Linquica. Players have the option to snap selfies while playing the game. If you're completely confused and not quite grasping what's going on. It's okay, it took me by surprise, too, and I'm still having a hard time recovering from the shock of seeing Doom violated with the implementation of social media acculturation.
But really, if you still can't wrap your mind around this whole thing (and I seriously can't blame you) there's a promo trailer made by Rock, Paper, Shotgun that both parodies and promotes the “InstaDoom” mod. You can check it out below.
The general gist is that “InstaDoom” is a mod that allows you to utilize 37 different Instagram filters as well as the “selfie-stick” in order to take selfies in Doom and share them with friends and family. The Instagram filters can be used to modify the screenshots so they have various saturation, color and lighting grades applied. Now you're probably asking what does the “selfie-stick” do? It allows you to snap the selfies while in-game. As explained by Linquica...
“You can only take so many pictures of
I have to admit, as ridiculous as the whole thing is, it's actually quite hilarious.
Doomworld user esselfortium had some praise to share about the mod, saying...
I'm just amazed that mods for Doom are still as prolific as they are in this day and age. The game was out way back in 1993, it's just a miracle that more than 20 years later we're still getting mods for the game.
It's also amazing because it keeps the brand worth of Doom present in today's media circles, something that wouldn't be possible if mods weren't allowed. In a way, it's kind of showing that this could have been Battlefield or any number of other AAA titles out there that gamers loved but were restricted from modding, thus killing off their community a lot sooner than if mods were allowed.
Techland at least gets the hint and they've made due with allowing for mods to be used in Dying Light. Now the big question is if Bethesda will stick to enabling gamers to add all sorts of serious, crazy and goofy mods like “InstaDoom” when the new and improved Doom launches for PC, Xbox One and PS4? I guess we'll find out when Bethesda takes to the stage this June during E3 2015.
If you want to Instagram-up your version of Doom you can grab the download link through the Doomworld forum thread for InstaDoom.