In the spirit of Spring Cleaning, John Romero is auctioning some classic games from his personal collection. Among the games for sale is his floppy disk copy of Doom II.
Romero is auctioning five games from his personal collection on eBay, with Doom II being the most sought after. It is one of the original floppy disk copies of the shooter classic. This is a five disk set and does not include the original box but the winner of the auction can request the games be signed. He will also provide a certificate of authenticity of his prior ownership. The auction started on April 5th and will end on April 8th at 5:42AM (PST).
The other games that are being auctioned are The Arcade Machine (1982), Serpentine Broderbund (1982), Computer Baseball (both 1981 and 1982 version) along with The Wizard and the Princess (1980). These are the original floppy disk copy of the game and will come with the disk sleeves. However, Romero has warned that he can not confirm if the games work. The announcement was made in the following Tweet:
At the time of writing, there are 44 bids with the highest offering at $522.00. This is not the first time Romero has auctioned a personal copy of Doom II. He auctioned a copy back in 2017 that sold for $3,150. In 2018, he would auction another copy that sold for $3,200 as part of a charity to help two friends who lost everything during the Paradise fires. Given past trends, the disks could sell for anywhere between $3,000 to $4,500.
This is also not the first time Romero has sold gaming memorabilia from his personal collection. His personal copy of Wolfenstein 3D sold for $1,025, the iD Anthology sold for $1,130 and Daikatana sold for $243.50. Other memorabilia he has auctioned include a XL Doom T-shirt, a copy of Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner and his VIP pass to the Age of Empires II launch party (which took place in 1999). He has also sold games from his personal collection but had no involvement in its development.
Doom II: Hell on Earth was the follow up to the acclaimed game that popularized the shooter genre and was released for the PC in 1994. The game was later re-released on other consoles and the mobile device. Players will once again take on the role of the Doom Guy and fight the armies of hell (who are invading Earth).
John Romero is a pioneer in the gaming world having co-founded id Software in the 90’s alongside John Carmack and Tom Hall. His gaming credits include work on Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake just to name a few while also coining the multiplayer term “deathmatch”.
In 2015; he established Romero Games Ltd., an independent game studio located in Galway, Ireland. Their first title, Gunman Taco Truck was released in January 2017 and it was highly praised. Empire of Sin was the studios second title and it was released in December 2020 for all major consoles and the PC.