Classic FPS game Doom now works on Notepad (seriously)

To add to the ever-growing list of things that can run the classic 1993 FPS game Doom, game developer Sam Chiet managed to run the shooter, at 60FPS, inside of Notepad software. Microsoft, because of course Doom has nowhere to go but upwards.

Chiet’s post about performing Doom in Notepad exploded online, so much so that Doom creator John Romero responded by simply calling the achievement ‘amazing’ – and that’s for sure. a good reason. Chiet also says they will provide an update “if/when I make it available for download.”

The footage below of Doom running in Notepad is unaccelerated according to Chiet, Notepad.exe hasn’t changed its code either, and it’s fully live playable with “zero fakery” involved.

“It will take some work to polish NotepadDOOM into something publishable,” Chiet says in a follow-up post, “but it will almost certainly happen over the next two days.”

While the image of Doom running in Notepad is understandably a bit fuzzy, that doesn’t diminish the feat of making classic FPS work in a note-taking tool that I assume most between us don’t use no matter it can work a shooter in it.

Running Doom in the most unlikely places has become an internet tradition, with the nearly three-decade-old FPS running in a Twitter bot, the ability to run Doom in Doom, and even get Doom on a GoPro controller. The one-upmanship of the Doom developers and community never ceases to amaze me honestly, and I can’t wait to see where Doom goes next.

If you want to see more of Chiet’s work, you can follow them on Twitteror even support them on Patreon to help fund all of their weird, wonderful, and wacky game creations.

Despite being nearly 30 years old, Doom is constantly finding its way into the news cycle, in fact we recently spoke with Matt Heafy of Trivium who said he’d love to write a Doom soundtrack, calling this “lifetime dream” opportunity. Doom mod Thatcher’s Techbase also lets you send former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to hell, and he was played by a former union leader.

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