Ever since the DOOM source code became available, many people have tried to port the game in several – often quite strange – ways, but this latest solution is finally handy and forward-looking.
Do you live and die for DOOM but can’t afford an expensive – or, er, whatever – monitor? No problem, here’s the solution! Okay, we know the original DOOM had a profound impact on the FPS genre’s early days; fans are still scrambling to run the 30-year-old title on the weirdest and most amazing devices possible. Just yesterday, we reported on a very surprising port, but today’s news, if possible, goes even further!
As spotted by PCGamesN, Twitter user James Brown has managed to modify a small LEGO piece to display DOOM.
According to the tweet, he took a plastic brick and wired it together to make a tiny monitor to run the game on. In the attached video, you can actually see an extremely low-res version of the game displayed on the little screen. The visuals are hard to make out, but the game’s sounds are unmistakable.
This may be one of the smallest devices I’ve managed to get DOOM to run on. It should be noted that it’s unlikely that the LEGO brick itself is running the game, and the “monitor” that the user plugs in will only display the game being played elsewhere. However, LEGO is one of the world’s most popular toys, with some 400 billion bricks made, and dozens of video game adaptations have been made. With that in mind, it was only a matter of time before someone made a piece of the famous Danish toy the home of Doom Guy.
Not to mention, who wouldn’t have a LEGO brick at home, so it’s a cost-effective way to run the game.
The variety of machines and devices that fans have managed to run id Software’s classic FPS on is quite exceptional. There have been examples of the game being ported to an old NES console, an Apple Watch, a thermostat, and even a completely different game by running The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind with DOOM. This really shows how versatile the three-decade-old release is, but also how far the technology has come to allow this game to be played on devices that were not initially designed for it.
I wired the brick up as a very small external monitor, so you can, for instance, play Doom on it. pic.twitter.com/uWK2Uw7Egr
— James Brown (@ancient_james) June 19, 2022