Doom Can (Almost) Run on a Pregnancy Tester, Thanks to Programming Genius
Following the release of the incredibly iconic Doom, players have since asked: "but can it run Doom?" Now we've found a new gold standard.
An incredibly talented hardware engineer and software programmer Foone Turing has taken the often tongue-in-cheek “but can it run Doom?” challenge to new heights. Recently they posted several videos on their Twitter account showcasing a real technological wonder they created: videos actually running on a pregnancy tester of all things, including Doom itself:
and it can't yet run doom. That's going to be way tricky, even cheating and having a modern desktop computer connected to it… but I CAN play back a doom video on it, which is kinda close?
(Using a different dithering method here so that you can see anything: doom is dark) pic.twitter.com/BhJLYkQlXp
— foone (@Foone) September 5, 2020
It’s pretty incredible seeing even that level being run on a tester and foone does imply that their tinkering isn’t finished yet, since they plan on having the entire setup fit inside the tester. Meaning someday we may have a pregnancy tester that can run the full game. Currently, this is the setup they use to run all of these videos:
According to their accompanying status update: “The existing CPU can’t be reprogrammed and the existing LCD can only show 4 things, so I had to replace both to make any changes. And the current version doesn’t even fit into the shell! (although I’m certain it will when complete).” Foone has also stated that once the design is complete, they’ll post a how-to guide so others can make their very own video pregnancy test.
They also have the video of Doom running available here to watch, which features the best quality compared to Twitter infamous video compression, as well as the full library of other videos they’ve gotten running on the above setup. And if you want to support them here are links to their Patreon and ko-fi pages.
This is hardly the first crazy thing done with Doom, even officially or by third parties. Developer id Software released a new patch last month for DOOM Eternal that included a variety of different Render Modes which gives the game drastically different looks, depending on which you choose to implement. One of these is “Retro Handheld” which resembles the original Game Boy’s iconic green color palette.
On the completely opposite end of the graphical spectrum is Nvidia’s own recent video demonstration of their RTX 3080, which showed off DOOM Eternal.The video shows comparisons between the RTX 3080 and what was previously considered one of Nvidia’s most powerful cards in the RTX 2080 Ti. Running at max settings, DOOM Eternal is able to consistently net between 100-130fps during combat while running at a 4K resolution.
Check out our review of the original DOOM Eternal here, which according to the piece “is a drastic improvement over its predecessor in every way and sees the Doom Slayer reclaiming his throne in the shooter genre.”