ATM Hacked To Give You the Original Doom Instead of Money

Australian hackers have modded an automated teller machine to run Doom using the ATM's buttons.

The quest to port games to unusual platforms continues, as Australian hackers have found a way to get the original Doom running on an automated teller machine. The ATM is, of course, significantly modified, but the hackers made it work using the machine's buttons on the sides of the screen.

Originally posted on Hack A Day, the video shows off the hackers messing with the machine to get id Software's classic shooter to work on it. You can clearly see the game working on the ATM, accompanied by Doom's sound effects and music. Of course, this isn't a miraculous feat of programming because the machine already runs a version of Windows XP. But this isn't to take away from the effort necessary--the project also required the installation of MS-DOS emulation software and of a keyboard emulation device to allow for the ATM's keypad to be used as input.

This is just the newest entry in a long list of interesting ports. Recently, a programmer managed to bring mobile hit Flappy Bird to the Apple 2 computer.

You can play Doom on any one of many devices while you wait for the next installment in the Doom series. The new Doom will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and will unfortunately be too resource-intensive to run on unusual machines. Keep an eye on GameSpot for more news about Doom as it becomes available.

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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73 comments
Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Is it  "Screw the money, I have Doom!" or "Screw the rules, I have Doom!"?

meatz666
meatz666

Even a ATM has more backward compatibility than a console...

quakke
quakke

Coolest thing ever.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Doom on an ATM? That is At The Moment one of the coolest things I've heard about.

jamesraw
jamesraw

So do the banks get $2 a game?

bambisss
bambisss

/throws money at the screen

despolov
despolov

Hey... Now going to an ATM won't be so boring.

apolloooo
apolloooo

who needs money when you have DOOM!!!


i wish this were real on public ATM machine :/

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Meh... I thought it was an actual ATM at a bank which has been prank-hacked. :/

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

GameSpot.... We always make our Story Titles cooler and deceiving then the actual story.

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

Throw another shrimp on the bah-bee. A goat ate my bah-bee. Video games in mah eh tee am! OH A KANGAROO!
haha BEH EFF GEH

hystavito
hystavito

Yeah not really all that cool a hack when the thing was already running Windows XP :).  When I first saw the headline I figured it would be an MS-DOS based one but same deal anyway, actually XP and the emulation probably made it easier overall.

hardeman
hardeman

"honey i asked you to get 20 dollars over an hour ago, why are you still at this atm"


" hold on, im almost done with this level"

SloganYams
SloganYams

Well, if someone's going to hack an ATM, I'm happy they'd do something like this instead of steal someone's money.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

Watching them do this reminds me of all my years of childhood tinkering, rewiring controllers and taking apart everything just to see how it worked, emptying out the body of a genesis controller and putting an NES innards in it to play my NES games with a more comfy grip, recently I had to wire a 360 controller to use on my PC without a dongle and it brought me back to those days as well.

Back in the day though I would take apart a whole console just to see what was inside, kind of boring now that I already know.

jayjay444
jayjay444

I'm going to get money out honey i'll be back in about 4 hours, bye x. 

xcollector
xcollector

If the Banks ever get hacked its because they rely on MS Windows or some variation of it.

bfa1509
bfa1509

There is only one thing scarier than doom on an atm screen and that's my balance.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

I thought those guys were the ones spamming all the Disqus boards on CNN with anti-Israeli rhetoric..


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MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

If I walked down the street and saw an ATM running Doom I'd be like WHUT?? you gotta be sh**ng me!!! Doom on a ATM? GTFO.......

this is hilarious.....

jayjay444
jayjay444

I can just see it now, walk down the shop to use a ATM only to be put in a match of doom playing against the person on the other ATM, I would love that look on his/her face as I destroy them it would be worth more than my money in the machine:D

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

If only DOOM was available to play everywhere I wen't my life would be complete.

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

Speaking of ATM...spankwire here i come...

R3dsh1fted
R3dsh1fted

They are from NZ I'd say from the accents, which is actually a different country to Australia (surprise!).

Jedi4ce28
Jedi4ce28

@Gelugon_baat


this is what i thought too hahah, that would have been funnier, but impossible of course, would be kinda hard to explain why you're breaking into an atm machine and rewiring it right outside the bank :P

RobDev
RobDev

@Gelugon_baat cos if they could get into an active ATm they would install doom and not take all the money?

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@Gelugon_baat I'm sure the hackers would be aware that's a serious criminal offense with zero benefits, therefore not worth the risk.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@hardeman It's something nice to do while waiting for the (mancu)bus or try to imp-ress the people waiting in line at the ATM.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@SloganYams Way back in the day hacking was just about seeing what you could do.  The maliciousness wasn't smiled upon by real hackers. 

bignick217
bignick217

@mkeezay22 Lol, yeah, I was like that too.  Except I took apart my parents Tv.  They were pi$$ed.  But relieved when I managed to put it back together working.

pyro1245
pyro1245

@mkeezay22 Nice. I remember wiring a usb adapter onto my original xbox controller so I could access the memory card. Then you could drop in a corrupted save which would install a soft mod, etc, etc...

sanchango
sanchango

@jayjay444  *you come back*
wife: "I thought you were going to get money out?"

skittzo_s
skittzo_s

@R3dsh1fted They guy holding the camera has a pure Aussie accent, but the other guy i think maybe from New Zealand 

sanchango
sanchango

@R3dsh1fted New Zealand. Australia, England, Japan Same thing America is what really matters! >:D
lol XD

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@RobDev 

It would have been very amusing if they did not, e.g. all their intentions were to have an unsuspecting grandma play Doom instead of doing some banking. :P

pyro1245
pyro1245

@olddadgamer @SloganYams Yeah the traditional definition of hacking is just leaning your craft inside and out, to be a hacker meant you were just really awesome at coding. They called all those fools with malicious intent crackers :p

Hack on!

delta5931
delta5931

@Gelugon_baat @RobDev Not worth the risk. Camera's watch those things, and then they catch someone tampering with government property. Bam, few years in jail.