Doom would go on to become one of the most influential games ever made after it was released on December 10, 1993. While the title was advanced for its time, the years haven’t been especially kind, but if there’s any upside to all of this aging, it would have to be that Doom is playable on a wide variety of different platforms. This now includes your BIOS.
The game has already been ported to almost every computer and console in existence, but someone has now made it possible to start shooting demons in Doom before your computer has even booted up its operating system. The software in question basically makes the game work in your BIOS. The project which is known as CoreDoom was apparently started by Nicholas Chin as a “port of DoomGeneric to run as a Coreboot payload.” DoomGeneric is a popular version of the game designed to simplify the porting process and CoreBoot is a type of open source firmware.
Players will have to put up with a few inconveniences if they boot up Doom in their BIOS. There for example is no sound, keyboards have to be of the PS/2 instead of the USB variety, and your computer will freeze when you shut down the game. These few faults aside, CoreDoom remains a pretty impressive feat of software engineering on the whole.
This comes in the wake of some strange news about Doom. The person behind the game, John Romero, recently revealed for example that Doom doesn’t actually take place on March 15, 2022 as many fans previously believed based on a manual. People have also managed to get the game running on pretty much every platform out there including calculators, pregnancy tests, and somehow even a rotary phone. Scientists have gone so far as to teach rats how to play the game using a neural interface.
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