DWANGO - DWANGO5 MAP01 (D5M1)
It’s about damn time someone took the time to actually upload this legendary gem. D5M1 is without a shadow of a doubt THE most prominent symbol of what DWANGO meant back in the 90s for the old gaming community. Up to this day, people keep playing D5M1 and the old DWANGO mapsets every once in a while in Zandronum, and almost everyday on Odamex and ZDaemon. DWANGO has such a big reputation, that it actually got featured in the past Doom II Tournament at Quakecon in what appears to be the most legendary Doom II Duel ever recorded.
(And why did it took so long to get this classic on YouTube, anyway? Was it so hard for the online Doom community to take the .MIDI and record it?)
Anyway, here’s a little snippet of the history of DWANGO (Source)
DWANGO, the Dial Up Wide Area Network Games Operation (originally Doom Wide-Area Network Game Organization), was an early fee-based multiplayer server for Doom, Doom II and Heretic. It was created in early 1994 by Bob Huntley and Kee Kimbrell in Houston, Texas. The first version was released with the shareware release of Heretic.
Since it predated widespread consumer access to the Internet, players had to dial long distance to Houston. Even so, it was wildly popular, and the creators reaped a healthy profit from the subscription fees. By early 1995, ten thousand subscribers were paying $9.95 a month, some calling from as far as Italy and Australia.
With the advent of Quake came multiplayer across the Internet, and DWANGO, which had started to dwindle by late 1995, was all but dead after its release. It was formally shut down in 1998.
DWANGO’s legacy includes the semi-official DWANGO map packs created by various authors. Compiled into collections by Lance “Aikman” Lancaster, an employee of DWANGO’s hosting provider IVS, they are still used today by DM players.