> > - Improved PC AT 386 / 486 emulation > > I 2nd this, plus 586 > > Is it possible yet to get a LAN game of Doom working on the 486 driver? Was Doom the > first LAN based PC game?
No, there were plenty of games with LAN support long before Doom came out. e.g. Sopwith (a very basic 2D plane flying game) supported LAN play over IPX/SPX IIRC. Before this, lots of games - like Firepower, a 2D top down tank game - supported connection via the serial port (not LAN, but still a very basic / very limited network).
However, Doom was the game that made every man, woman, and their dog run out and buy, borrow, or scrounge network cards, cables, etc.
And, IIRC, I think Doom was the first game that supported 4 players at once in a LAN game.
My friends and I hosted and took part in many dozens of LAN parties at each others houses. Great fun. Happy days.