Classic video game Doom ‘could run on 16 billion crabs’ say researchers


Doom may not technically have been the first video game in the first person shooter genre, but it was certainly the first really huge breakout hit in the lineage that gave us Halo, Call of Duty and a million other imitators.

The game’s enduring legacy, and its comparative simplicity, has led to it being adapted over the years to run on all sorts of weird and wonderful hardware. The Windows based game has been recoded to run on vintage iPads, an Apple Watch, and even a cashpoint machine.


But the strangest ever idea for a Doom reworking has been raised in a thread from a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School.

Technically, the game could run on crabs as long as you had enough of them

Ethan Mollick, writing on Twitter, did some maths on logic gates, the underlying mathematical principle behind all computing engines.

Pointing out that in 2011 researchers at Kobe University in Japan had successfully built logic gates by using swarms of soldier crabs, he reasoned that technically it would take 640,000 crabs to store a single tweet.

While Ethan also calculated the potential computing power of various other organisms, for example slime moulds, it was his crab idea that really exploded.

doom on crabs
In the original Doom, control a space marine as he battles his way through hordes of invading demons from Hell.

Dozens of people chipped in to help Ethan work out who many crabs it would require to do various everyday computing tasks.

But the absolute last word came from a Twitter user who operates under the name Normal Horoscope.

They crunched some numbers and calculated that you could definitely run Doom on crabs. As long as you had around 16 billion of them – 16,039,018,50 to be exact – and enough space to put them in.

From now it’s only a matter of time before the Reddit obsessives in r/itrunsdoom, who for years have been persuading the classic 1993 shooter to run on anything from a digital camera to a vape pen, decide to get together and build a crab-powered gaming platform.





By staronline@reachplc.com (Michael Moran)

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