Collectors video game memorabilia and history will be excited to earn that John Romero is auctioning several original copies of Doom II along with memorabilia related to the series. While not the first time he has sold a personal copy of the acclaimed game, this time it is a complete set.
Romero is auctioning two complete personal copies (a PC and Macintosh version) of Doom II on eBay. The PC version set includes all five floppy disks along with the original box and manual. The Macintosh version includes the CD in the original case along with the original box and manual. Winners of either auction could also request to have the box signed.
Also for sale are a Doom cover and “God Mode” T-shirt (both Medium sized). The announcement was made in the following Tweet:
All items were posted on eBay on June 6th while auction is set to end on June 9th. At the time of writing, the highest bid for the PC version is $204.18 USD and $255.00 USD for the Macintosh version. The highest bid for the cover shirt is $122.50 USD and $81.00 USD for the “God Mode” shirt.
This is not the first time Romero has put his copies of Doom II for auction. He first put a copy for auction in 2017 and it 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. Another copy would go for sale back in April 2021 and it sold for $1,926.00.
This is however the first time he has auctioned a copy that includes the original box and manual. Given that this is a complete set, it could be estimated that each copy could sell for $3,500 at minimum.
This is also not the first time Romero has sold original copies and gaming memorabilia from his personal collection. His 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.
He has also sold personal copies and memorabilia of games he had no involvement in the development. The most notable example would be his VIP pass to the Age of Empires II launch party, which took place in 1999. Regardless of the connection, these auctions attract collectors of games history and memorabilia.
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, the Doom series 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.