By now, there are so many devices Doom has been ported to that it can be difficult to keep up, but that hasn’t stopped one person who managed to install the classic shooter on a Google Smart Clock. Released back in 1993, id Software’s iconic FPS not only laid the groundwork for the early days of the genre, but also pioneered online multiplayer in gaming long before PvP was popular.
With Doom turning 30 this year, it would be tempting to think that many would have moved on from the ancient game. Certainly the industry has moved forward, but Doom‘s influence is still being felt to this day. While the 2016 reboot and the 2020 follow-up have brought the franchise kicking and screaming into the modern gaming era, there are more than enough fans who will always return to the original entries. On top of that, there are still mods coming out for the title, and don’t forget the number of unusual devices that can run the game.
Take Reddit user Steppan_5g as a recent example. In a brief clip uploaded to the site, they show that it’s possible to install and run Doom on a smart clock. Specifically, it can be seen running on a Lenovo Smart Clock 2, which is powered by Android. For those wondering how it’s done, the user has also linked to a YouTube video that gives instructions on how any app can be installed on this relatively simple device. Of course, the clock is far more advanced than Doom itself, so it takes some tinkering and the installing of third-party software just to give the machine more functionality, and the video on Reddit shows that, once done, the game is ready to be installed.
Over the past three decades, there have been so many unusual ways of getting id’s influential game to run. Everything from a treadmill to a ticket validator to an iPod Mini have all had the FPS ported to them. There was even a recent incident of someone getting Doom to run inside Unity’s editor. Note that they didn’t port the game to the Unity Engine, but actually ran it inside the toolkit’s editor.
With Doom‘s John Romero still making maps, there’s little chance people are going to forget the game in any hurry. It left a huge impact on the early days of PC gaming, especially when it comes to first-person shooters, and there are plenty of titles that came after it that owe a debt of gratitude to Doom.
Doom was released in 1993 and is available on multiple platforms.