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HIGHLIGHTS

  • An iOS engineer has made Doom run on the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar
  • Of course this is the original Doom, not the 2016 version
  • It runs at the Touch Bar’s 2170×60 resolution

The 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has elicited a range of responses both lauding and criticising the new addition. Regardless of your stand on the topic, you can play Doom on the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.

No, not 2016’s stellar reboot of the seminal franchise — that would be too much to ask for. Rather the original Doom is playable on the 2170×60 resolution of the Touch Bar.

And while we have our reservations on what “playable” means in this case, that hasn’t stopped Adam Bell, an iOS Engineer at Facebook from making it happen.

“Doom runs on pretty much everything… but can it run on the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar?” Bell tweeted, linking to a YouTube video of the game running.

While Doom’s latest instalment was met with critical acclaim, one of the original game’s creators John Romero made a return to the first-person shooter genre. This started with him designing his first level for it in over 20 years. And then announcing Blackroom — an FPS that has him working with fellow id Software co-founder and artist Adrian Carmack. The game was on Kickstarter and then pulled until a playable demo has been made available.

Although this specific hack, while amusing, may not be entirely useful, other developers have found ways to add a virtual Touch Bar to existing Macs for free.

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