OK, before you start, you won’t be able to play this version of Loss on a pregnancy test Where box. But regardless, the original Loss with ray tracing is so cool that I can forgive this inconvenience.
Announced yesterday on April Fool’s Daythis new visual mod for the original 1993 release of Loss is not a joke. Created by sultim-t modderthis mod adds real-time path tracing to the PrBoom source port of Loss. It currently supports the first three installments of the classic shooter and drastically changes the way Loss look, letting you play old with amazing, modern lighting.
Installing this new ray tracing module for Loss East simple enough. You’ll need an original Doom.wad file to run it, which given how old and cheap the game is, you probably already have one. somewhere on your computer. Then you just need to download the mod for PrBoom, a modern Loss source port and you’re out of the running. Or should I say… RAY-those. (I shouldn’t. I’m so sorry I did.)
Sultim-t is explained on the mod download page that this only works for Nvidia GPUs and they are willing to help someone get this working on Linux.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a classic Id shooter get the ray-tracing treatment. In 2019, Nvidia partnered with Id to create Quake II RTX, a version of the classic shooter that also used real-time ray tracing technology.
I really appreciate the way Loss and earthquake watch with sophisticated lighting in real time. The simple textures and geometry of these classic shooters still hold up in 2022, but now improved lighting is able to enhance the atmosphere of these old-school digital worlds. Doom in particular can sometimes look downright spooky using this new mod.
Of course, as mentioned earlier, you’ll need a PC powerful enough to run these games with ray tracing enabled, as this technology is very resource-intensive and requires modern, fairly high-end GPUs to run.