The gaming community then felt a lot closer, like a more tight knit group. I had 2 other friends who picked up the game, and we would play 1-on-1 over our 14.4K modems til all hours of the morning. It was my first real experience with FPS multiplayer, since I'd only ever played Doom in SP at that point for some reason. DN3D DM was AWESOME tho, and later I would use Kali to play against people online, which was a whole new world.
So here I am, throwing down another $6 for it, even though I still have the box, original CD, and mouse pad that came with my copy over a decade ago. There were a lot of comparisons back in the day between Doom and Duke, I gotta say, for me, Duke was the most fun and the game I spent by far the most time with.
So tonight I'm gonna load this up on my PC, and probably my son's PC as well, along with the hi-res pack (I kind of prefer the jaggy goodness of the old 2D/3D hybrid engine, but I doubt the boy would wax nostalgic like I tend to), and we'll run around a bit and shoot at each other, should be a lot of fun.
Also, when RotT hits, I'm there, that game rocked, but that's a story for another day.