Hacker Plays Doom With a Piano

Hacker Plays Doom With a Piano

Slay demons with the power of music.

When programmers first start their journey, writing a simple "Hello World" program is a rite of passage. If that young code jockey progresses, they'll eventually reach the stage when you try to port Doom to various electronic devices. Now that scores of hackers have gutted the source code for almost two decades now, it's fairly trivial to run the classic demon shooter on anything from an iPod to a GPS unit. When the ambitious David Hayward reached that stage in life, he decided to up the ante a bit and port Doom to a piano.

Of course, it's actually running on a computer, but the piano's keyboard is wired to be the heaviest controller in recent memory. Only scant details can be found on Hayward's Vine account, but we know that it involves "three IPACs , and a whole load of wiring." If that's not impressive enough, the Piano itself is modded out with a flesh-like bezel on the screen and a fantastic "DOOM PIANO" marque. Here's hoping we get more technical details soon.

It may not be the most convenient controller out there, but it is the most melodic. Here's hoping that playing a few bars from the theme song triggers the "IDKFA" cheat code.

Source: Geek.com

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You need more information, you say?

Here you go:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/200427/Doom_Piano_is_a_piano_that_plays_Doom_naturally.php

OT: It's interesting, but I'd like to see a custom level that's made to promote using actual melodies and keep time instead of "bash the necessary keys and watch as other people get slightly annoyed as you play".

That's awesome. I want a piano that also functions as an Xbox360.

Still, think of the potential.

Dr.Awkward:
You need more information, you say?

Here you go:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/200427/Doom_Piano_is_a_piano_that_plays_Doom_naturally.php

OT: It's interesting, but I'd like to see a custom level that's made to promote using actual melodies and keep time instead of "bash the necessary keys and watch as other people get slightly annoyed as you play".

Not only that, but I'd like it to be in tune.

Still, as a novelty....

dylanmc12:
That's awesome. I want a piano that also functions as an Xbox360.

Still, think of the potential.

You really don't need the Red Strings of Death.

Zachary Amaranth:

Dr.Awkward:
You need more information, you say?

Here you go:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/200427/Doom_Piano_is_a_piano_that_plays_Doom_naturally.php

OT: It's interesting, but I'd like to see a custom level that's made to promote using actual melodies and keep time instead of "bash the necessary keys and watch as other people get slightly annoyed as you play".

Not only that, but I'd like it to be in tune.

Still, as a novelty....

dylanmc12:
That's awesome. I want a piano that also functions as an Xbox360.

Still, think of the potential.

You really don't need the Red Strings of Death.

i thought the red sting of death was the garrote.

This will drive pianists to violence.

IanDavis:
Of course, it's actually running on a computer, but the piano's keyboard is wired to be the heaviest controller in recent memory.

I'd say the original Xbox controller is still in contention for that title. It was only slightly smaller than a piano, too.

Dr.Awkward:
You need more information, you say?

Here you go:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/200427/Doom_Piano_is_a_piano_that_plays_Doom_naturally.php

OT: It's interesting, but I'd like to see a custom level that's made to promote using actual melodies and keep time instead of "bash the necessary keys and watch as other people get slightly annoyed as you play".

A custom level designed around specific songs would be quite interesting, if implausible. Too many variables to account for. But even so, would make for one hell of an unique experience.

I imagine that playing the game causes the piano to play the ending theme to Persona 4 :\

 

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