Doom is utterly stripped back and purposeful.
No pixel is wasted.
Although the creative director Tom Hall wrote an exhaustive backstory for the game – about space marines arriving at a base on the Martian moon of Phobos to find it over-run with demons – the other leading members of the team John Carmack and John Romero hacked it all out.
The story is only ever hinted at and all human detail is ripped from the locations.
These are spaces of death and horror – they are in service only to the core experience of the game – blasting the shit out of everything else.
In January 1976 the Ramones gathered in the Plaza sound studio in New York and over the course of a week on a budget of $6,400 they recorded an album that distilled the essence of the burgeoning punk rock movement – the anger – the energy – the aesthetics – into one perfect slab of vinyl.
In this way it changed the course of popular music.
It felt dangerous and provocative.