The influential first-person shooter game Doom can run on almost anything, from ATM machines to pregnancy tests, including blockchain networks. However, despite the fact that there is a group of fans who are passionate about the Doom port. allThis example strays far from the field on the left.
In theory, E. coli could be used to run Doom, according to research by a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).It was first reported rock, paper, scissors shotgun, this experiment continues the trend of showing that classic games can run on just about anything. However, I don’t think it will be a particularly pleasant playing experience.
“All you need to run Doom is a screen and some willpower,” said Lauren “Len” Ramlan, an MIT biotechnology graduate student researcher.
In his report, Ramlan proposed using E. coli cells contained in 32×48 well plates connected to a display controller. Within the plate, the wells act as pixels. The display controller converts Doom’s graphics into signals that control cell fluorescence. A sample simulation result is shown in the video.
Released in 1993, Doom tells the story of a lone space marine who ventures from a research facility on Mars to hell to fight hordes of demons. Although the original Doom is notoriously small by today’s standards, id Software’s game influenced a thriving genre and led to an enduring series that continues to produce popular titles. Ta.
As Ramlan explained, the concept of “Doom running on everything” aims to play the game in as many unintended ways as possible, including ATMs, printers, calculators, Lego blocks, and even potatoes. It created a movement.
“What brings Doom out of the shadows of the ’90s and into the light of today isn’t its mesmerizing gameplay or questionable protagonist, but rather its fascinating computing design,” Ramlan writes. “Built on the id Tech 1 engine, the game is designed to be played with only the most modest settings.”
“Neuron computing has given us neurons that can control flight simulators, pilot robots, play Pong, and more recently Doom itself,” Ramlan said. “But I would argue that programming a cell to play Doom is not the same as running the game itself.”
Ramlan said that in the simulation, it took E. coli cells 70 minutes to “reach peak display” and 8 hours and 20 minutes to return to their original state. But Ramlan pointed out that it could take centuries to fully play the game this way before someone starts collecting E. coli cells.
“The original Doom’s frame rate was limited to 35 frames per second, and the average playthrough time was five hours,” Ramlan said. “I did the math, and according to this simulation, it would take him 599 years to run Doom on Cell.”
Ramlan did not immediately respond. DecryptionThis is a comment request from .
Thanks to its simple design, Doom has also found its way onto blockchain networks thanks to upgrades to the Bitcoin and Dogecoin networks. Last year, Bitcoin enthusiasts registered a simple clone of Doom on the blockchain after the NFT-like Ordinals protocol was launched in January.
Earlier this month, pseudonymous contributor Pimax used Ordinals’ Dogecoin version, Doginals, to inscribe the complete version of Doom onto the memecoin’s blockchain. Due to his large block size of 4.2 MB allowed on the Dogecoin blockchain, the entire game can be played via his web browser.
Edited by Andrew Hayward