Among hackers, coders, and whoever it actually is that comprises the class of people who self-identify as “makers,” there’s something of a parlor game of rigging weird shit up to run Doom. The 1993 game is the Platonic ideal of a shooter, wired into the primordial goop of late-millennial gamers’ brains. Getting it up and running on increasingly absurd machines and in increasingly absurd places is sort of like a rock band doing a cover of “Gloria.”
And so it is only fitting that an enterprising developer named Adam Bell has finally put the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar to proper use: running a very strange iteration of Id’s classic game. The Touch Bar was intended as an infinitely variable toolbox for design types, a pressure-sensitive panel that could be repurposed for any input.
Or it could be used to run Doom. Here we go:
Full-width and extremely flat, it does not seem like a very good Doom experience, but that’s not the point. The point is that it’s on there, and if Doom can be somewhere, it ought to be. Here it is on a graphing calculator:
Here it is in hallucinatory green and blue on the Commodore VIC-20 from 1980:
Here it is being run on an ultrasound monitor:
Here it is running on a hacked Canon printer:
And here is its shred-heavy soundtrack recreated on an old printer, because why not:
If it exists, someone has tried to run Doom on it.
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