Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D (DOS) 1992


Emulation: Dosbox

Next step in First-person shooters - more faster movements than before , 2nd ray casting game (after Alternate Reality: The City), presented weapons (pistols etc) in hands -first for poligonal FPS (3rd game to present weapon in hands after The Super Spy and Catacomb 3d ), first game technologically capable of creating a sufficient element of disbelief-suspension to emotionally immerse the player in a threatening environmen.

Wolfenstein 3D

Gameplay video

Pictures from manual

1) Morse code - In Episodes 3 & 6 of the registered version the music seems to include a Morse code beeping in the background.
"TO BIG BAD WOLF DE ["de" means "from" in amateur radio Morse code jargon]
2) It is widely regarded as having helped popularize the genre on the PC and having established the basic run-and-gun archetype for many subsequent first-person shooter games.
3) According to Kushner, the early concept of the game included some innovative stealth concepts, including dragging dead bodies, swapping uniforms with fallen guards and silent attacks as in the earlier Wolfenstein games, which emphasized stealth rather than action. These ideas were dropped because they slowed the game down and complicated the controls.
4) Computer Gaming World praised the "sparse [but] gorgeous ... frighteningly realistic ... extremely violent" graphics and sound, warning "those sensitive to such things to stay home".

The magazine concluded that Wolfenstein 3D, like Ultima Underworld was "the first game technologically capable of creating a sufficient element of disbelief-suspension to emotionally immerse the player in a threatening environment" stating "I can't remember a game ... evoking such intense psychological responses from its players".
5) Because of the game's use of Nazi symbols, including the swastika and the Nazi Party's anthem "Horst-Wessel-Lied" as theme music, the game was withdrawn from sale in Germany despite its portrayal of Nazis as the enemy. The use of Nazi symbols is a federal offense in Germany in most contexts, as outlined in German law. The Atari Jaguar version was confiscated following a verdict by the Amtsgericht Berlin Tiergarten on December 7, 1994
6) SNES version of the game was heavily edited. All swastikas and Nazi references were removed. Hitler, a boss character in the game, had his mustache removed and was renamed "Staatmeister". Blood was replaced with sweat to make the game seem less violent; on SNES copies distributed in Germany, the enemy blood was green. Attack dogs were replaced by giant mutant rats. Employees of id Software said in The Official DOOM Player Guide about the reaction to Wolfenstein that it was ironic that it was morally acceptable to shoot people but not dogs. The opening music was also changed.
7) Prior computer shooter games were most often scrolling shooters, Wolfenstein 3D helped move the market towards first-person shooters.

8) The protagonist of the game is Commander Keen's grandfather.
9) If you finally shoot the boss in the 6th episode, he will say "Rosenknospe" before he falls. This is the German word for "rosebud", the famous last word of Charles Foster Kane, played by Orson Wells, in the movie classic Citizen Kane. According to John Romero this was Tom Hall's idea.

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