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Smashing Pumpkins into Small Piles of Putrid Debris (DOS)

Smashing Pumpkins into Small Piles of Putrid Debris DOS "Doom" parody start-up screen

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Pumpkins from all over the planet stole Earth's candles to their home planet. Now, as an axe yielding maniac, you must destroy them and collect the candles back.

This is a simple 2D action game where you must travel through mazes, kill pumpkins and collect candles. Its fame comes from a newsgroup running joke about a (at the time non-existing) game that would be a Doom killer, but could not generate enough hype due to its horrible sounding name. Reportedly, the developers wrote it in 48 hours to capitalize on the joke.

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Smashing Pumpkins into Small Piles of Putrid Debris DOS Funky world
Smashing Pumpkins into Small Piles of Putrid Debris DOS "Doom" parody start-up screen
Smashing Pumpkins into Small Piles of Putrid Debris DOS Forest world
Smashing Pumpkins into Small Piles of Putrid Debris DOS Old ultima world

Alternate Titles

  • "SPISPOPD" -- Common Abbreviation

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Trivia

It may as well be recounted that the hype responsible for the emergence of this game (one interpretation of the would-be Doom-killer with this name) also produced the "IDSPISPOPD" no clipping (walk through walls) cheat code in Doom 1; the phrase that is the name of this game also appeared as a line of spoken dialogue in Dafydd ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver's August 1995 Doom novelisation "Knee Deep in the Dead." Finally, topping the grand web of jokes and references this Usenet thread yielded, apparently the band Smashing Pumpkins decided to wade into the fray by including the rocket launcher sound sample from Doom in the song Where Boys Fear to Tread on their October 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

Related Web Sites

  • Seth Cohn´s SPISPOPD FAQ (The site explains the *VERY RICH* story of this odd-titled game. It claims to contain a copy of the first usenet post ever about this "Doom killer".)
  • SPiSPoPD homepage (Includes free, legal download of the game, level editor, and information.)
Thexder0 (428) added Smashing Pumpkins into Small Piles of Putrid Debris (DOS) on Jul 16, 2002