Players can now boot Doom into their BIOS

Play the game even before booting your operating system.

Doom would go on to become one of the most influential games ever made after its release on December 10, 1993. While the title was forward for its time, the years haven’t been particularly kind, but if there’s any upside to all this aging would require Doom to be playable on a wide variety of different platforms. This now includes your BIOS.

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The game has already been ported to almost every computer and console out there, but now someone has made it possible to start shooting demons in Doom before your computer has even booted its operating system. The software in question basically runs the game in your BIOS. The project known as CoreDoom was apparently started by Nicholas Chin as a “port of DoomGeneric to run as a Coreboot payload”. DoomGeneric is a popular version of the game designed to simplify the porting process and CoreBoot is a type of open source firmware.

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Players will have to put up with a few inconveniences if they boot Doom into their BIOS. For example, there’s no sound, the keyboards have to be PS/2-style instead of USB, and your computer will freeze when you quit the game. Those few flaws aside, CoreDoom is still a pretty impressive feat. of software engineering as a whole.

This follows some strange news regarding Doom. The person behind the game, John Romero, recently revealed for example that Doom doesn’t actually take place on March 15, 2022 as many fans previously believed based on a playbook. People have also managed to run the game on just about every platform, including calculators, pregnancy tests, and even a rotary phone. The scientists went so far as to teach rats how to play the game using a neural interface.


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