In a nutshell: If you ever wonder why hardly anyone likes McDonald’s self-ordering kiosks, it’s not because of their inability to take cash payments. One person thought they could find a better use for these devices, so it loaded Doom onto one of them. It’s not the best experience, and it certainly doesn’t make you less hungry, but it feeds the souls of those who grew up tearing and tearing.
For people who have a soft spot for first-person shooter games and hardware hacking, the first question that comes to mind when they come across a certain piece of technology is, “Does it run Doom?” People have made the classic FPS work on anything akin to digital technology, including a humble Lego brick equipped with a tiny microcontroller and a digital pregnancy test screen.
One reason for this never-ending obsession is that the original Doom didn’t require the most powerful computer to run. However, another reason is that you just can’t resist breaking through demons on the most unlikely of gaming devices.
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— DOOM (@DOOM) June 30, 2022
This week someone decided to install Doom on a McDonald’s newsstand, and it wasn’t long before a photo of the demonic result appeared on Twitter. It’s more impressive than running it on a cash register, but not nearly as smart as running it on a smart Ikea lamp, crypto wallet, or better yet, an inkjet printer.
It also has an ergonomics issue, as you have to twist your neck to play. The person who installed Doom on the kiosk didn’t have enough time to fix it, but the screen turned 90 degrees to the right. That aside, even John Romero himself approves of the idea of turning demons into Big Macs.