back to article From cash machines to commercial kitchen appliances, Doom really will run on almost anything

If you've ever worked in a commercial kitchen, you probably know what a "bump bar" is. These plank-like computerised boards are the organisational force behind every restaurant, enabling sweat-drenched chefs to see pending orders and ensure a steady flow of food to the front of house. Would it surprise you to learn that …

  1. mark l 2 Silver badge

    If you think running Doom on a kitchen bump bar is unusual, how about it running on a 1990s digital camera?

  2. Argh

    Doom on a pregnancy test

    Unfortunately, it wasn't really on a pregnancy test. The screen and microcontroller had both been replaced and put in to a pregnancy test shell.

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: Doom on a pregnancy test

      Ah yeah, that's true -- I've tweaked the story to reflect this.


    2. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: Doom on a pregnancy test

      Also, it's pointless.

      DOOM has graphical displays at the bottom of the screen that tell you how seriously fucked you are, regardless of what you run it on.

  3. Steven Raith

    I saw the original video....

    ...about the bump bar running an industrial-esque X86 CPU and figured it'd only be a matter of time before Doom appeared on it.

    In terms of running Doom on odd things, I ran Doom on a Rockbox-firmwared iRiver H320 (I think) some....oh god, knocking on twenty years ago it'd be now.

    I'm getting old, I fear. It had to happen eventually I suppose.

    Steven R

    PS: It was only borderline playable, but it was playable.

  4. Plest Silver badge

    Mix a bored techie and an obsolete piece of hardware...

    A testament to the inguinity of techies with too much time on their hands.

  5. Sgt_Oddball

    I wonder...

    If I could get it to run on the dashboard of my car. It's not like it's moved much recently...

    Nice sized screens(yes, plural), lots of input keys from the steering wheel, and a cracking soundsystem.

    Drive-by shooting to which most would approve me thinks...

    1. Robert Moore
      Thumb Up

      Re: I wonder...


      You should absolutely do this.

      1. Sgt_Oddball

        Re: I wonder...

        I also just found out today that there's an obscure Car only implementation of HDMI for cars (HDMI type E for the curious) installed predominantly on Japanese cars.... Of which I own a Japanese car with this mysterious socket installed.

        So it's quite possible that not only could I run Doom but with the right cable get Crysis running as well.

    2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: I wonder...

      Grand Theft Auto Shirley?

  6. aregross

    "Come Get Some" the unit says and the chef says "Order Up!"

    1. MrMerrymaker

      Come Get Some was Duke Nukem...


      1. aregross

        Oopsie! Wrong FPS, so shoot me! LOL!

        That'll be next on the Bump Bar.

      2. Steven Raith

        To be fair, Duke Nukem (and Blood) both cribbed heavily from Ash Williams/Evil Dead, so really it makes little difference. :-)

        Steven R

  7. David 132 Silver badge

    Don’t show Apple this.

    A product called the “iPadSX”?

    How has this not attracted the Fruity Firm’s lawyers?

    1. Cian_

      Re: Don’t show Apple this.

      It significantly predates the fondleslab of the same name. There's a manual from 2006 online using that name.

      1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

        Re: Don’t show Apple this.

        That's never stopped Cupertino's lawyers before

        Apple Corps vs Apple Inc

        One day may be Cupertino will get into kitchen appliances - then the lawyers will no doubt come out of their lairs.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Here's an option

    You could run Doom on a Motion Capture System - internally it's running on MSDOS via a floppy disk that boots it up on the back.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    Get back to work

    Getting food at a restaurant always seems to take forever. Now I know why.

  10. J27

    Meh, this was a real simple one, didn't even need a recompile because the hardware is already a DOS PC.

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