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DOOM running on a pregnancy test? Programmer goes viral for his attempt

Published: 6/Sep/2020 15:32

by Georgina Smith

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A programmer has gone viral on Twitter after he managed to (almost) get the game DOOM to run on the tiny screen of a pregnancy test, joining the ranks of the other strange devices that people have got DOOM to run on.

DOOM is a games franchise based on the exploits of a space marine whose mission is to fight hordes of demons and the undead. It is considered to be one of the original first-person-shooter games, with features such as 3D graphics and support for mods created by players.

California-based programmer Foone Turing specializes in Python, and he set his sights high when he attempted to run the action-based game on a modified electronic pregnancy test.

The original cover art for 1993 version of DOOM
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The original cover art for the original 1993 installment of DOOM

Foone explained that “this is a replacement display and a replacement microcontroller,” meaning only the original shell of the pregnancy test remains. He noted that the reason for this was that “the existing CPU can’t be reprogrammed,” leading to a bit of prototyping to figure out how to bend the technology to his will.

Prior to embarking on DOOM, Foone had managed to get the music video for “Bad Apple” to run on the test, a song from the 1998 video game Lotus Land Story.

He admitted that running DOOM in its full capacity as a game will be tricky, but does say that it can’t “yet” run the game, implying that he will not stop until he can. Instead, he opted to play a video from DOOM.

Naturally, the game appeared very pixelated, due to the lack of overall pixels to work with on such a small screen, but it’s easy to make out the key shapes and the classic first-person-shooter angle.

Getting DOOM to run on increasingly bizarre devices is not a new phenomenon, as there is even a whole Tumblr blog dedicated to showcasing people’s creations called “It Runs Doom.”

Doom running on a Sony Ericsson
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Someone even got Doom to run on a Sony Ericsson

Devices people have utilized include a tiny GameBoy keyring, a Sony Ericsson K800i, and an educational LeapFrog toy. Though the pregnancy test has to take the winning spot at the most bizarre.

Foone’s tweet has now garnered over 10,000 likes, with another person’s tweet drawing attention to the technological feat gaining over 30,000 within 24 hours of being posted.

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Noah Beck & Griffin Johnson under fire for “cancel culture” comments

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:03

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TikTok stars Noah Beck and Griffin Johnson are taking heat from critics due to their divisive comments on “cancel culture,” as told during an episode of Johnson’s “Sway Way” podcast.

Also known as “call-out culture,” the term “cancel culture” has become a popular phrase in the past few years as social media has flourished, allowing users to highlight abuse, bad behavior, or other negative actions from people online.

When these bad behaviors are brought to light, the person responsible is usually called out, boycotted and ostracized, causing them to be publicly shamed and often ousted from their professional and social circles due to the resulting backlash.

“Cancel culture” itself is a divisive term, with many believing that it outright doesn’t exist, as those being “canceled” deserve to be called out for their actions and that those who are “canceled” are never truly brought to justice from the outrage.

 

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Still, others feel that “cancel culture” is going too far and is resulting in a toxic online environment — but either way, people are no longer willing to abide bad behavior from anyone, and social media has given users a platform to speak up against things they consider to be unjust.

TikTokers and Sway House members Griffin Johnson and Noah Beck recently spoke out on the social phenomenon during an episode of the Sway Way podcast — and their thoughts on the subject have sparked quite a bit of backlash against them.

“People are getting canceled for things that were totally acceptable,” Beck said. “I don’t want to say that people have gotten really sensitive, but at the same time, they have, and it’s like… there were some things that were acceptable back then that people could say, now it comes back on them five, 10 years later.”

 

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“I mean, I’ve done some things in my past where they come off as controversial today, but they weren’t that deep,” Beck continued, referencing his own controversial history on social media. “I can see why people think it’s a big deal now, but it’s like… I never thought I would have this platform. I never thought I would have this stage. I was growing up just playing soccer. I liked a few tweets, but I didn’t think anything of it at the time.”

 

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Needless to say, both Beck and Johnson have received a substantial amount of criticism from listeners, with one user writing: “He really said that he never thought he would have gotten famous… so if you’re not famous, you can be homophobic and it’s not a big deal?”

Both boys have yet to speak out on the outrage, which only continues to grow in wake of their already storied history of sparking division among TikTok viewers.