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John Romero working on Facebook game

John Romero working on Facebook game

John Romero, who used to work on Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein, is now working on Ravenwood Fair.

John Romero, the man who helped conceptualise and create Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein - not to mention Commander Keen and Dangerous Dave - is now apparently working on a new Facebook game.

The game is called Ravenwood Fair and is being developed by LOLapps, who have recruited Romero as a consultant - making it the first title Romero has worked on since an unreleased MMO in 2005.

John Romero, in case you've forgotten, was a founding member of id Software, but made a very public exit to go and form Ion Storm in 1996. The developer had a very chequered history; while the company also put out Warren Spector's Deus Ex and Tom Hall's Anachronox, it's more often remembered for Romero's own title - the ill-fated Daikatana.

Ravenwood Fair charges players with clearing a section of a forest to build a fair, which is made problematic by the denizens of the woods wanting to reclaim their land. At the same time as securing the plot of land players will also have to manage the fair itself and attract as many customers as possible.

While it's easy to snort dismissively at Romero's move to social games that nobody cares about, the numbers tell a different story - LOLapps boasts 150 million monthly active users across all its games. It's last major title, Critter Island, has attracted 1.2 million player in just a few months and, according to VentureBeat, is 'social gaming companies that no one has heard about'

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Fizzl 21st October 2010, 10:32 Quote
I'm sure the Vuvuzela sold a lot too but I'm still going to snort dismissively at it.
GiantStickMan 21st October 2010, 11:24 Quote
As far as I'm concerned the man is a joke and I could never be excited about another 'poject' he is involed in again.
tad2008 21st October 2010, 11:56 Quote
Is it going to be based on the "Social Network" movie? lol
perplekks45 21st October 2010, 12:42 Quote
John who?

Last time he did something good DN4EVER wasn't even announced!
Evildead666 21st October 2010, 13:40 Quote
I actually enjoyed Diakatana. Played through it as far as I could, got the Daikatana up to level 5, and then the game would crash at the same point, every time.
I even reinstalled many years later, rebuilt the Daikatana up to level 5 again, and it crashed in the very same place.
Liked the game, just wish I could have finished it....
mrbens 21st October 2010, 13:51 Quote
OH! When I read the title John Romero working on Facebook game i thought you meant a game about Facebook! Not John Romero working on A Facebook game. Silly me. :)
Redbeaver 21st October 2010, 14:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
OH! When I read the title John Romero working on Facebook game i thought you meant a game about Facebook! Not John Romero working on A Facebook game. Silly me. :)

i first thought he's working on the general gaming aspect of facebook... lol......

silly me.
mrbens 21st October 2010, 14:37 Quote
silly us :)
Adnoctum 21st October 2010, 15:50 Quote
Oh crap! Does this mean he is going to make me his bitch for real this time?
The_EXorcist 21st October 2010, 16:43 Quote
This is terribly sad, one of the old school, one of the greats, is making a...facebook game. I believe this may be the end of days
Redbeaver 21st October 2010, 17:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_EXorcist
This is terribly sad, one of the old school, one of the greats, is making a...facebook game. I believe this may be the end of days

a free, browser-based, facebook-port of Daikatana would be make me log in to my facebook alot more often.....
Hovis 22nd October 2010, 09:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fizzl
I'm sure the Vuvuzela sold a lot too but I'm still going to snort dismissively at it.

This.
sotu1 22nd October 2010, 12:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Adnoctum
Oh crap! Does this mean he is going to make me his bitch for real this time?

Saw a hilarious pic on Kotaku saying "John Romero is about to make you his friend" :) Was a good one!
robots 23rd October 2010, 23:20 Quote
Shame he is relegated to that, but it's perhaps because he never sold out. I liked Daikatana too. I think that game was basically just trolled by the gaming press because they felt like tearing someone down...

Although, facebook games are not exactly the lowest of the low anyway. It's popular after all.
Andy Mc 25th October 2010, 20:27 Quote
As crap as facebook games are they make a f*** load of money for the companies behind them. This will just be John cashing in on a slice of that pie. Hell just about everyone on here would do too if it ment they could fund their next epic PC build.
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