Programmer Runs DOOM on an Electric Pregnancy Test
We've come very far with computers in the past decades, for example, did you know that the Apollo Guidance Computer that carried people over to the moon in 1969 only had 0.004096 megabytes of RAM? The device you're reading this article from probably has at least 4 gigabytes, even if it's a mobile phone. That's 976562.5 times the RAM of Apollo 11's computer. It's crazy, right?
So, that's why people over the world love putting id Software's 1993 video game DOOM into various devices and gadgets to put things into perspective. The recent addition to this list of DOOM-able devices is quite interesting: an electronic pregnancy test.
I tried zooming in and turning up the in-game gamma a bit, so you can see what's going on slightly better.— foone (@Foone) September 7, 2020
(It's a 128x32 pixel monochrome display, it's never gonna be great) pic.twitter.com/dAU7LZ1pkT
Previously, we saw people run DOOM on a Nokia phone with a Sybian operating system, an ATM, a digital camera, an MP3 player, and even a piano. It doesn't just end there, people also run the game in other games like Half-Life 2, Minecraft, and even the original DOOM and the DOOM Eternal itself.
See for yourself, there's a blog for things that run DOOM out there called "It Runs DOOM."
How is the first question that comes to mind with these matters. Foone Turing, the internet person (or hardware/software necromancer as they call themselves) behind the contraption explains that it's not actually possible without some extensive tinkering. You see, we (still) don't go overkill throwing in processing power at things that don't necessitate it.
hey you, you're finally awake.— foone (@Foone) September 5, 2020
You were trying to get pregnant, right? pic.twitter.com/uCgmymvahS
The device's existing CPU is switched out and the stock LCD display is swapped with an OLED one. Foone is pretty clear about this in their tweet saying: "To clarify what I’m doing here: this is a replacement display AND a replacement micro-controller. I’m not using any of the original tester other than the shell."
The contraption even caught the attention of one of the original DOOM's programmers John Romero, who tweeted "Definitely incredible!" So, what do you think, can it run Crysis?
Also, please note that we're no strangers to love.
I'm still playing with my replacement OLED display for the Equate pregnancy tester.— foone (@Foone) September 5, 2020
I was worried I wouldn't have enough bandwidth to do real time updates, but it turns out that 128x32 at 1bpp doesn't take much bandwidth at all. pic.twitter.com/zOzl4eHyHm