“Can he execute Doom?” Is a question almost as old as Loss itself, as creative hackers and internet software scholars work to try and get the classic 1993 shooter to work on virtually anything that has a CPU. The last absurd entry: an Ikea Trådfri GU10 345 RGB LED bulb, which Next-Hack managed to hack a modified version of Doom.

The actual hack is a bit of a cheat, given that unlike past Doom hack candidates, like the Nintendo game and watch, the MacBook Pro touch bar, or one IT computer, the Trådfri bulb has no buttons or display. Next-Hack had to add them, using the MGM210L RF card that powers the “smart” part of the bulb, and modifying a copy of Loss to run on its paltry 108 KB of RAM.

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And even so, there are plenty of awesome workarounds to make the actual game work, including adding extra storage, making audio work, and always tricky RAM management.

For more technical details, it’s worth reading the full article, but the results speak for themselves – the processor has enough power to not only run Loss, but run the modified version pretty well. Not bad for a light bulb.


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