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This article was published on November 21, 2016

Running Doom on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar isn’t ideal — but it’s pretty damn cool

Running Doom on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar isn’t ideal — but it’s pretty damn cool
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I contend that Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro is a gimmicky feature. I’m also a little giddy about the prospect of playing Doom on it. Come at me.

In the hacking community, the de facto initiation centers around the ability to run software on hardware it isn’t intended to run on. Doom on Apple’s Touch Bar certainly fits the standard, although playing the classic PC shooter with 2170 x 60 resolution isn’t exactly ideal.

No matter, iOS developer Adam Bell did it anyway.

As you can see from the video, it’s a bit short on screen real estate. Still, it’s playable — but only barely.

In a second video, Bell made better use of the Touch Bar by turning it into the game’s heads-up display. Granted, it’s got to be a little awkward to look down for key information about health and ammunition, but it exists, and that’s all that matters.

If Doom isn’t your thing, how about Nyan Cat on the Touch Bar, or scrubbing through unskippable YouTube ads?

via The Verge