The original Doom is one of the most iconic games in video game history. It is often called the start of the FPS genre. Many people see this as a good thing, otherwise games like Call of Duty, Battlefield and the other titans of the FPS genre would not exist.
However, I see this as the start, and continued acceptance of toxic masculinity in video gaming.
Toxic masculinity has been an issue for many years now. However, gaming wasn’t always toxic. Until the likes of Doom, wolfenstein 3D and Quake, gaming was relatively non-toxic to all. Fast forward to now, and anyone who plays video games that is either POC, a womxn, JLGBTQIA+, too young or too old, is harassed endlessly. Unless you are a cis, white male between the ages of around 15 and 40, you aren’t “fit” for gaming in a Gamers eyes.
This needs to change. However, it will be a long road to this. In my discord server, I asked a fan of the original Doom and the FPS genre as a whole, what they like about doom.
I’d like to start with the fact that i haven’t played too much of the game. However, from what I have played, it has controlled great, and has been fun with its interesting themes of hell on earth and an apocalypse caused by an invasion of demons. It also has interesting level design with challenging bosses and fun controls. Overall, it is a fun experience in my opinion. As well as this, the game looks great for an early fps game and is a very interesting part in video gaming history.
Although, doom may be an important part in video gaming history, it is also where gaming was led astray. The absolute gut-wrenching levels of violence truly show how toxic the FPS genre was going to become.
I’m honestly not surprised that the person above finds it “fun” as they have been trained from birth, like all men for thousands of years to enjoy violence.
I believe it was always gaming’s fate to become toxic, and reinforce toxic masculinity. However, without Doom, I believe that we could’ve noticed it, and reduced its effects, allowing gaming to atleast be somewhat more friendly, and acceptable.
The overall theme as well, is clearly meant to mock religion, specifically Christianity. The whole “big strong man slaying demons” thing. Give me a break.
I’d like to leave you with a question. How would you like to see gaming change, for the better?