HomeLan continues it look at the 10 Most Important First Person Shooters. This time it is id software's masterpeice, Doom:

    Why is it important?

    While Wolfenstein 3D was the first ever first person shooter, it was Doom that turned the genre from a mere great game experience into a full blown phenomenon in the gaming industry. John Carmack's graphics engine was a quantum leap above Wolfenstein. No longer did you feel like you were just in a maze; the graphics, level design and lighting made you feel like you were really there on Mars battling the invasion. The addition of multiplayer deathmatch was another first for the genre and the release of the game source code allow level designers and mod makers to not just create new Doom levels, mods and other utilities but also got a ton of future pro game designers and professionals their first taste of making a game.