an over 25 year old title doesn’t deserve DRM
Yesterday, Quakecon happened in London and with that, Bethesda declared 2019 the year of DOOM, as this year we will see the release of DOOM Eternal.
With that event, Bethesda also revealed and promptly released DOOM 1, DOOM 2 and DOOM 3 for the Nintendo Switch. Which is actually a great thing. Playing the classic DOOM releases on the go or at home on the TV with the Nintendo Switch is a nice treat, because the Nintendo Switch has the power to play the games as they were intended back in the 90s, at the proper modern day resolution.
There are only two problems. First of, the music seems to be slowed down for some reason compared to the original which makes the experience rather less “rip and tear” like. For another thing, you have to log in now with your Bethesda account and also agree to a bunch of agreements which… never really was a thing in the old DOOM games.
To be fair, the music is somtehing that can be patched, which hopefully will happen, and on the other hand we have an interesting development regarding the login screen since yesterday!
Here’s the twist
I still wonder why this change happened and why a decade old title suddenly gets a login screen. Well, the answer was given today via the Bethesda social media account on Twitter and apparently the login was (at least mainly) only there to get points for your “slayers club” account. Mhm. See the original tweet below, but they are at least working on it to make the login optional, as it was apparently intended to be from day one.
Is this the new norm from Bethesda?
It still bugs me that the games were released in the way with the clear intention of forcing the user to log in. Didn’t playtesting notice this issue? How much can we trust Bethesda for saying the truth about the login screen being intended to be optional from the beginning rather than forcing us into yet another account? For now I am precautious about buying these games. My worst fear is that this is just a sign of things to come when DOOM Eternal launches and it will be loaded with microtransactions and boosters for the DOOM guy. It certainly has already begun with Wolfenstein: Youngblood as I learned today from watching Jim Sterlin’s impression video.
DOOM 1 and DOOM 2 are now available for 4.99$ and DOOM 3 for 9.99$ for the Nintendo Switch. Proceed at your own risk.
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Checkout Emily’s Twitter account under @emilyhm45, as she was present at Quakecon yesterday to get her first hands on experience with DOOM Eternal and many more Bethesda games!