Just when videogame writers on slow news days seem to have all the answers, Doom modders will change the question. And like the late, great Roddy Piper once suggested, the question has indeed been changed, from ‘can it run Doom?’ to ‘can Doom run it?’ Now that one programmer has gotten Snake running inside Doom, the answer is an emphatic yes.
A custom save file from developer kgsws lets you run Snake in The Ultimate Doom, controlling the snake (here made up of skulls, which is especially metal) by steering it around the screen like a car. Now, you have to ask ‘what’s next?’ Are we gonna start running Pac-Man or Super Mario Bros in Doom? Will Doom soon be able to run Doom?
Maybe so, actually. The exciting bit about this isn’t just that Snake is running here – it’s that kgsws has found an exploit using these custom save files to run arbitrary code within Doom, as Vice reports. Doom has already been broken wide-open with various ports of its source code, but this exploit allows for much more robust changes to the original DOS version.