May 26, 2002
I'm In The MOOD For DOOM
NEW ORLEANS - Electro-goth rock mastermind Trent Reznor, also known as "that Nine Inch Nails guy who corrupted my childrens' minds and turned them from the straight and narrow path of our Lord Jesus Christ," has put the finishing touches on his original soundtrack for Doom III, the third installment of the revolutionary PC game by id Software. According to Nine Inch Nails' spokesperson, Reznor submitted the final version of the soundtrack to id's technical director, John Carmack, last Friday, and is now looking for something else to do.
"Trent's been pretty depressed lately," the spokesperson stated in a telephone interview. "It's going to be a while yet before Doom III is actually finished, so there's not much for him to do right now, besides work on his new record."
Nine Inch Nails' most recent studio album, The Fragile, was released in September 1999. In the nearly three years since that time, Reznor has been keeping busy by touring, creating a DVD about the tour, and remixing rap songs. He also created the soundtrack for id's immensely popular shooter, Quake, in 1996. Now, since the completion of the Doom III soundtrack, things have slowed down for Reznor.
"I'm bored," said Reznor when approached at the local supermarket. "I thought maybe I could just hang out with John [Carmack] and the guys while they finish up the game, but they haven't been returning my calls. I don't know, I guess I could just write some more songs for my next album, but-- eh. I think I'll try to see if there are any more new games that still need soundtracks first."
Reznor has expressed special interest in the yet-to-be-made Frogger III. The original Frogger, in which you must guide a frog across a busy street and a river with moving logs, was introduced by Sega in 1981, and it immediately captivated Reznor, who was 16 at the time.
"I discovered Frogger in the fall of '81, and it immediately halted any homework that was getting done," said Reznor. "They put a game out that really catered to my taste. It seemed politically incorrect, and it seemed violent, and it seemed like a game that couldn't have been made by a giant company. It really just struck a chord with me. That 'we don't give a shit' attitude, that's what made it great."
According to a representative for Sega, however, there are no plans for Frogger III at this time, and they "would really like it if Trent would stop leaving messages on my machine." Sega also stated that even if Frogger III were in the works, Reznor's dark, brooding music would most likely be inappropriate for a game of that nature, which is intended for players of all ages, unlike Doom III, which will undoubtedly receive an "M" (Mature) rating by the ESRB Video Game Rating System.
"They haven't gotten back to me on that yet," said Reznor. "I hope I didn't forget to give them my number. That would be embarrassing."
Reznor also has his eye on several upcoming games for the Nintendo GameCube system, including the next installments of the Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda series. Both are scheduled for release within the next year.
"No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!" said Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, in response to the suggestion that Reznor produce the soundtracks. "Mario for kids! Zelda for kids! You tell that man to stay away from my video games! I don't want him making Mario fuck Princess Toadstool like animal!"
"Yeah, I haven't heard back from Nintendo yet either," said Reznor. "They must be pretty busy."
Reznor said that he plans to "maybe sign up for a gym membership or something" while waiting for a callback from Nintendo or Sega. "I'm getting kind of chubby again," he said. "Oh, you know, those new Game Boys look really cool."
Doom III is planned for release in 2003. There is no tentative release date yet for the next Nine Inch Nails album.