Here’s DOOM Running on a Digital Pregnancy Test
Peter Donnell / 2 weeks ago
When people say Can it Run Crysis, they’re usually joking about how powerful a system is. However, DOOM beats all, because it’s quite old now, it was designed to run on incredibly weak PCs, not even gaming PCs, they hadn’t really been invented yet. So when people say “Can it Run DOOM” the answer is almost always yes.
We’ve seen people Play DOOM II in Doom Eternal, DOOM in DOOM is peak DOOM, to be honest. It has been run in Minecraft, on calculators, I saw a smart fridge running it once. Oh, and you can even play it on a crap old Kodac camera.
However, one would think that just about every mad platform had been done, and then along comes… a pregnancy test kit. Created by ‘foone’ and shared on Twitter, it’s pretty impressive. Well, actually, it’s a bit crap, but it’s still quite obvious that the little display is playing a very basic representation of DOOM.
Yesterday I had a lot of retweets and reddit posts and such for playing Doom on a pregnancy test.— foone (@Foone) September 7, 2020
But as I explained then, it wasn't really PLAYING on a pregnancy test, it was just a video being played back, not an interactive game.
Well, now it is. It's Pregnancy Test Doom! pic.twitter.com/Nrjyq07EVv
There’s a bit of trickery here though, the display isn’t the original one, and a PC is supplying power, but the rest is built-in hardware. It’s still rather hilarious though, and I suspect it may spawn a new wave of even more ridiculous devices running DOOM.
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 128×32 at 1bpp doesn't take much bandwidth at all. pic.twitter.com/zOzl4eHyHm
What’s the best example of DOOM running on something other than a PC you’ve ever seen?