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Doom is now playable on Notepad

Doom is now playable on Notepad

By daniele

As you read, someone had the wonderful idea of making Doom, the classic first-person shooter, entirely playable in Notepad! Yes, as in the Windows text app!

The Doom Franchise

For those who don’t know, the Doom franchise is a series of first-person shooter video games developed by id Software in 1993. This franchise includes novels, comics, board games, and movie adaptations.

Moreover, according to reports, it was one of the most recognized games of 1993 and was so widely played in that year that most PCs had it installed. Moreover, it was highly moddable, and thanks to that, players started to create their own maps. 

Doom was the first in a successful series that popularized most aspects of first-person shooter games and many fans even claim that it was this video game that created the platform and the guidelines that other games in this genre would follow.

Doom in Notepad

So back to our story, last Sunday, Twitter user Samperson shared footage of Doom being run from Windows Notepad, and despite the fact that the entire game is displayed in art-style ASCII characters, it really is an amazing experience, as you can even hear all the iconic sound effects, from the imp’s grunts to the shotgun blasts.

At the moment, there’s only some video footage, but a publicly available compilation is in the works and could be out sometime this week, considering what Samperson tweeted, “It will take some work to polish Notepad Doom into something releasable, but it will almost certainly happen in the next few days.”

If you like, you can take a look at the clip he posted on networks, and in case you were still wondering, that’s right, it’s the legendary E1M1 level from Doom. In fact, it’s still a bit hard to make out clearly, especially because of that constant flickering. Certainly it’s still a bit hard to make out clearly, especially because of that constant flickering. However, it’s ridiculously impressive!

What’s more, fans have been adamant about making Doom playable on pretty much everything for years. In June, someone even made the game work with LEGO bricks.

And we’d expect nothing less, because despite Doom’s age, there’s no doubt that it’s still pretty family-friendly. Plus, the burgeoning boomer shooter genre is made up entirely of new shooters that play just like ID Software classics like Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein.

For the time being, we can only wait and see how the project progresses. Who knows, maybe by the end of the year you will be able to play Doom from Windows without any problem to relive old times.


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