Watch Doom 2 played on a single keyboard key display

midian182

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The number of displays people have ported Doom onto is head spinning: Inkjet Printers, a Commodore 64, ATMs, calculators, iPods, Apple’s Touch Bar, and even a virtual console within the game itself. But it now seems that we’ve reached a whole new level of Doom-on-a-display ingenuity, after someone managed to port Doom 2 to a single keyboard key.

The incredible feat was achieved using the Optimus Maximus keyboard, which was released all the way back in 2007. Each of the device’s 48 x 48 pixel key displays can be programmed to show a sequence of symbols or images, which is how the game appears in the tiny space.

The key itself isn’t actually running the shooter; instead, Redditor AyraA_ch has Doom 2 running on another display that is constantly taking screenshots. These are quickly converted to the right size and format before being played in order on the Maximus' key, making it appear as a video.

Running at 5 – 10 fps means it’s far from smooth, and the lag will no doubt be a problem, but it’s still pretty amazing. The question now is where to we go from here? Is there a display smaller or more unusual left to play Doom on?

While the Optimus Maximus’ customizable keys are fairly cool, the keyboard didn’t prove very popular. Being manufactured by a design company meant it lacked the quality of most PC keyboards. Activating the keys took heavy pressure, the build quality was questionable, and it required an external power source. On top of all that, it cost an incredible $1500. Only a few were ever made, and they are no longer being produced.

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davislane1

Title: Watch Doom 2 played on a single keyboard key display

Body: The key itself isn’t actually running the shooter; instead, Redditor AyraA_ch has Doom 2 running on another display that is constantly taking screenshots.

Most people will agree that streaming a game to a tiny screen isn't the same as porting it to a keyboard. Do try to curtail the clickbait headlines, Rob.
 

PinkMachine

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I'm retired now son so working 24/7 isn't necessary for me anymore, but owning and running my own business, sometimes working 24/7 often seemed like it wasn't enough.
It is safe to assume the guy who ported the game or, should I say, ported the screenshots on the single keyboard key had some time after work to invent, design, carry out and publish his project.

Also, if the keyboard cost 1500$ and only a few managed to get it, I'd say that guy had pretty stable situation when it comes to money/time.

There should be something more in life apart from work, you know...
 
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Skidmarksdeluxe

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It is safe to assume the guy who ported the game or, should I say, ported the screenshots on the single keyboard key had some time after work to invent, design, carry out and publish his project.

Also, if the keyboard cost 1500$ and only a few managed to get it, I'd say that guy had pretty stable situation when it comes to money/time.

There should be something more in life apart from work, you know...
OK.