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Wolfenstein 3D Turns 20, Play it For Free in Your Browser

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Woldenstein 3D turns 20, and Bethesda is celebrating by releasing a free browser-based version.

The classic shooter Wolfenstein 3D was released for DOS on May 5, 1992 -- twenty years ago -- developed by id Software and published by then-shareware giant Apogee Software. The game seemingly put the FPS genre on the map, allowing players to run through corridors and shoot enemies in a first-person view. It was revolutionary at the time, and was only surpassed by id Software's next big release, DOOM.

Bethesda is celebrating Wolfenstein's 20th anniversary by launching a free-to-play version of the classic PC shooter that runs within a Web browser. All three episodes are intact: Episode 1: Escape from Wolfenstein, Episode 2: Operation: Eisenfaust, and Episode 3: Die, Fuhrer, Die! It can be played here at Wolfenstein 3D's dedicated site, or over on the game's Facebook page here.

"We’re marking the 20th Anniversary of Wolfenstein 3D, the original, and now legendary, game that launched the first person shooter genre by releasing a free-to-play browser version of the game," Bethesda said in an email. "Later today we will also be offering Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum, available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, free for a limited time."

To download Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum from iTunes, head here. Below is Bethesda's latest Podcast video featuring John Carmack, technical director of id Software, as he shares his insights into the creation and the development of Wolfenstein 3D while playing the game.

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    mesab66 , May 9, 2012 6:24 PM
    "released on...5th May 2012, twenty years ago" ahem!

    Great game, fond memories. Damn! I hope the next 20yrs isn't as fast as that!
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    Tmanishere , May 9, 2012 7:00 PM
    "The classic shooter Wolfenstein 3D was released for DOS on May 5, 2012 -- twenty years ago"

    What? Is this year 2032? I need to update my calendar!
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    Northwestern , May 9, 2012 6:33 PM
    On your browser? HA! Back in my day we played it on MS-DOS!
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  • 18 Hide
    mesab66 , May 9, 2012 6:24 PM
    "released on...5th May 2012, twenty years ago" ahem!

    Great game, fond memories. Damn! I hope the next 20yrs isn't as fast as that!
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    aoneone , May 9, 2012 6:28 PM
    Hot dai!! My laben! ^_^
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    Northwestern , May 9, 2012 6:33 PM
    On your browser? HA! Back in my day we played it on MS-DOS!
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    gmarsack , May 9, 2012 6:40 PM
    Hitler: "Eva, auf wiedersehen"
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    de5_Roy , May 9, 2012 6:42 PM
    i remember playing this on dos....
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    g-unit1111 , May 9, 2012 6:59 PM
    Das ist bad ass!!!
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    Tmanishere , May 9, 2012 7:00 PM
    "The classic shooter Wolfenstein 3D was released for DOS on May 5, 2012 -- twenty years ago"

    What? Is this year 2032? I need to update my calendar!
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    Parrdacc , May 9, 2012 7:11 PM
    "The classic shooter Wolfenstein 3D was released for DOS on May 5, 2012 -- twenty years ago -- "

    My God!! How long was I asleep?!
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    DXRick , May 9, 2012 7:11 PM
    For those of you bad at math, 2012 - 20 = 1992.

    I wonder if the game will still give me motion sickness.
  • 8 Hide
    sporkimus , May 9, 2012 7:13 PM
    Back in the day when you installed games via floppy disks.

    Damn I feel old...
  • 0 Hide
    mesab66 , May 9, 2012 7:14 PM
    Aw nuts!! so 20yrs has actually passed already!! (see 1st post)...cheking grey hairs...1...2....3...7...

    #~£%!
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    mobrocket , May 9, 2012 7:15 PM
    Parrdacc"The classic shooter Wolfenstein 3D was released for DOS on May 5, 2012 -- twenty years ago -- "My God!! How long was I asleep?!


    a while my friend... and see thanks to sopa, and patient wars the internet and technology hasn't changed hardly at all in 20 years
    we don't even have a space program anymore really
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    jhansonxi , May 9, 2012 7:25 PM
    Not quite playable over dial-up but it's close. I'm not unhappy because if it worked better I would probably spend the rest of the day playing it (and Spear of Destiny) instead of getting the rest of my work done. :D 

    AARDWOLF!
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    cushgod , May 9, 2012 7:29 PM
    So who wants to join me in making a FPS that has the clout and imagination that Wolf 3d had 20years ago?? Huh, whos coming with me, lets do this, Ill quit my job... tonyc79 at gmail
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    NITROGEnarcosis , May 9, 2012 7:31 PM
    The game that got me started on FPSs has it really been 20 years :( 
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    zippyzion , May 9, 2012 7:39 PM
    Oh... I feel old.

    What a great game this was. I remember it being the main reason for my start down the computer gaming path. This and Commander Keen, Crystal Caves, Duke Nukem (the platformer one). Great memories.
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    atmos929 , May 9, 2012 7:47 PM
    Happy b-day! :) 
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    jhansonxi , May 9, 2012 7:52 PM
    Wolfenstein 3D wasn't the first 3D FPS for Id. Hovertank 3D and Catacomb 3D (which I remember playing) were earlier. Wolfenstein itself is inspired by Castle Wolfenstein which I played on an Apple II.
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    zak_mckraken , May 9, 2012 8:09 PM
    Damn you for linking this while I'm at work! Now I'm gonna lose my job playing vintage video games!
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    computernerdforlife , May 9, 2012 8:11 PM
    Holy shit-balls, I just lost 20 years of my life and it's 2032. My PC is now a dinosaur and so is my TV.
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