There is a progressing line of dots at the Doom 2 game start. I am curious of what it indicates actually. Are these tests?
This is a bit of a speculation as I don't have the game on-hand to check it's code. But there's a number of things to take away from this screenshot:
The game (Doom and Doom2) were built to support DOS. As such, it's possible there's files that the game needs to unpack before loading.
Since the game is running in DOS, in theory there's not much else to identify if the program is loading without debugging tools. DOS programs cannot run in the background, but can live in memory as a Daemon. As such, all loading has to be done upfront, including adding daemons to memory. (Credit to antipattern for this better explanation.)
If we add this up, launching Doom 2 would be taxning to a usual MSDOS system at the time. From some of the comments I've seen (*) , it looks like this part of the process is related to graphics as the game loads a service for refreshing the screen. (Or keeping the refresh rate stable, I'm not 100% sure on this.)
Since this process is time consuming, it would be good UX to give the user some sort of sign that the system isn't frozen and still processing the information. As such, using dots as a loading/activity bar is useful. (Here's an example on how to make a loading bar, and a script that makes one similar to the one on the screenshot.)
Hopefully, someone else can take a deeper drive as to what's going on. I hope this at least provides some context to the origins of the design.
/*/ - Some of the forums I've found on this topic are still around, but not something I would want to link to directly. Searching for "doom 2 refresh daemon" got me the answers I was looking for.