I have no idea how this will actually work, but the Discovery channel's Mythbusters will take on the legendary first-person shooter from id Software, Doom. Yes, the first ever shooter game that managed to break into mainstream and get everyone to look up and notice gaming.
Over on the Bethesda Blog they explain that the legendary first-person shooter will be the topic of discussion on Mythbusters. It seems completely strange that this would even end up on the show given how ridiculous the entire premise of Doom is (viz., a lone space marine trapped on a planet full of mutant demons and cyborg hellspawns) but they're going on ahead with the concept, anyway.
As explained on the Bethesda blog...
“In this special episode dedicated to the hobby near and dear to our hearts, we’re excited that id Software’s own Tim Willits will be helping Adam and Jamie dig into an often-discussed topic of FPS games: Is it really possible for someone to carry all those health packs, guns, and even a chainsaw? Using the DOOM universe and DOOM 3 BFG Edition for reference, Tim helps the team recreate a DOOM level in real life.”
I suppose that it's possible to draw some parallels with real life and the BFG Edition of the game, but it seems ridiculously absurd to target any sort of comparison of realism to the original two Doom games. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the game is extremely fast, frantic and over-the-top. Heck, the Doom Guy runs faster than most modern day sedans.
To help sell the idea of the upcoming episode a teaser trailer was let loose that you can view below.
I'm not entirely sure what the whole room setup is all about, but based on the description I imagine the object is to pick up all the weapons, and while carrying them, attempt to kill the zombies, mutants and demons.
Part of the test is to see if if it's possible to take down baddies while equipped head-to-toe with heavy armament. It seems like there's an obvious answer to that question.
The live-action movie starring Karl Urban and The Rock bypassed the weapon-carrying conundrum by having various marine forces throughout the film wield different iconic weapons, including the BFG 9000 and chainsaw. In the game, of course, Doom Guy could easily and conveniently switch between each of his equipped weapons with the simple cycle between the numerical '1' through '9' keys.
While most core gamers would debate why Mythbusters would even opt to challenge themselves by tackling Doom, it makes a ton of sense from a marketing point of view for Bethesda.
The company is prepping to unleash more information about the upcoming eighth-gen rendition of Doom and they planned on doing so in early 2015. It definitely makes sense to have a bit of build-up from a mainstream television show and then follow it up later on with an official announcement and perhaps a trailer. For now, the only thing we know about the new Doom is that it's running on the latest rendition of the id Tech engine and that the showing during QuakeCon 2014 was extremely gory.
You can look for the Mythbusters episode featuring Doom to air on January 31st on the Discovery channel, this upcoming Saturday.