Delightful tech makers and hackers at Adafruit have a major PSA for you this Halloween, asking you to be sure someone hasn’t made Doom run in your kids’ Halloween candy. As proof of this danger they produce a candy store of Milky Way (that is Mars, literally rest of the world) complete with a working screen running Doom.
If that confuses you, some context: As we do every year, American society panics over the infinitesimal possibility that someone would put expensive and dangerous illegal substances in children’s Halloween candy. It is perhaps our favorite moral panic, and the attention must be great, because various scary news stories draw attention to it every year.
Running Doom on things is, of course, in the highest tradition of gaming and hardware hacking. Its combination of open source code and simplicity, combined with the very low by modern standards system requirements, has produced many strange results over the years.
Only this year have we seen someone run Doom in the Notepad app (opens in a new tab)within Doom itself (opens in a new tab)and played with a rotary phone (opens in a new tab). The last few years have seen innovations like that Nintendo Game & Watch (opens in a new tab) alarm clock, or my personal favorite: 100 pounds of moldy potatoes. (opens in a new tab) Unfortunately, playing Doom’s music on weird things is a trend I was hoping would catch on, but no, after all that time, someone has been playing E1M1 on PS5 DualSense haptics. (opens in a new tab)
If you need more, just go through the archives of our Doom tag page (opens in a new tab). There are… a lot of them.
Adafruit (opens in a new tab) is a maker crew from New York that builds all kinds of neat stuff and supplies gear to the wider maker community. In the past we covered their construction of a working LEGO space computer (opens in a new tab) and a wildly creative motion-enabled LED skirt. (opens in a new tab)