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Posted by: on Jul 24, 03 | 10:33 pm

Minutes after the doors to the Electronic Entertainment Expo video-game tradeshow opened at 10 a.m. Tuesday, spectators were four- and five-deep in front of screens playing the trailer for the upcoming ultraviolent action game Doom III.

They were lining up to see game graphics verging on Pixar Animation Studios' animation quality, if not yet cinematically realistic.

Phantom skulls emerge from a Satanic shrine and travel around a Martian base, taking possession of soldiers' bodies. Creepy alien crawlers skitter about on the floor, walls and ceilings. A lone Marine who hasn't been possessed moves down a hall and is mottled with alternating light and shadow, reminiscent of a famous scene with Sigourney Weaver from the end of Alien.

"I think it's going to be awesome," said Chris Campbell, a tester for the Japanese game developer Square Enix, as he watched the Doom III trailer.




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