A quick, interesting fact about the Archvile from Doom 2.
There’s not a single person who has played Doom 2 that doesn’t get quite umconfortable with the sound of an archvile spotting you. Well, here’s a little trivia that you guys might like to read
Quote from the DoomWiki.org site:
Bobby Prince said: “The Archvile is an evil healer. Anyone getting in his way is blasted with fire and disintegrated. This includes other demons. But, after he has wrought his destruction, he then goes around and reanimates all of the demons. Because of this interesting dual personality, I decided to give him a very evil laugh as an active sound. For his death sound, I recorded a young girl saying ‘why,’ pitch shifted it down and mixed it with other sounds. The Archvile just doesn’t understand why anyone would want to kill him as he sees himself as only doing good for his fellow demon.”
Using this info. as a guide, I took the archvile’s death sound from the IWAD (named DSVILDTH) and toyed around with it in Audacity. This is the result of it being pitched up, and personally I think that I nailed it. I have a feeling that Bobby mixed the “why” with the archvile’s own pain sound. I don’t know what you guys think…
(By the way, this post was a little bit complicated to prepare since I tried to embed the unmodified Archvile death sound for comparison purposes but Tumblr only allows one audio file per post; fuck)