upstairs demise is everywhere at this point. It’s on consoles and phones and computers. Someone put it on a rotary phone and a calculator. I mean my goodness You can even play it on Twitter now. But in case you thought people ran out of ways to play demise, Guess again. It turns out there are still plenty of creative ways to rip up id Software’s FPS, including a, uh, Lego brick.
Yes, you’ve read that correctly. A New Zealand manufacturer named James “ancient_james” Brown mounted the tiniest, smallest possible monitor to what appears to be a blue 3D-printed Lego brick to run the iconic 1993 shooter. demise. It’s awfully small, which makes it adorably cute, but probably annoying to play.
Brown, an animatronics and graphics programmer who posts his creations on websites like mastodon and Twitter (and is total Not the late funk musician), began a thread on 6 shows his Lego brick for PC games. The blue piece holds a small STM32F030F4P6 board with an ARM Cortex M0 processor, 16K flash memory and 4K RAM. However, the screen is the icing on the cake. It is a 0.42 inch OLED display with a resolution of 72×40. What? That’s barely big enough to see what’s happening. I imagine a lot of accidental deaths.
When reached via Twitter DMs for comment, Brown explained kotaku that the Lego brick only serves as an external monitor, with a PC streaming demise Offscreen via a small Python script that does the dithering and resizing.
“The microcontroller in the brick has 16K flash, which is about one demise Sprite,” Brown said. “There was no way to make it go right. The options seemed to be: 1) Write a raycasting game with as much demise flavor as possible, 2) plug in a cable and stream video to it, or 3) put a more powerful processor in there. One probably wouldn’t be accepted as fitting the meme. Two didn’t seem like a very interesting challenge. The design of three would take a little longer. But since two was so easy, someone would eventually do it, and I decided I’d rather be me.”
Brown initially had no plans to port the game to the measly Lego brick. But a gamer’s first instinct seems to be to ask whether or not a console can run demiseand the moment his creation went viral, the Messages came flooding in. The only way to calm the masses? Give them what they want and that is demise.
“When this one started being shared, every other notification was mentioned demise‘ said Brown. “So I muted the word for seven days waiting for things to get back to normal. But people were still saying it a week later.”
And now we have demise Walk on a lego brick and it rules! I love such miniature technology. It speaks to the ever-evolving nature of technology and the relentlessness of gamers to ensure it demise is always playable. Although this stone may not be the most portable or practical way to play demiseit reminds me of Thumby the little Game Boy for ants. That’s also a small handheld that’s really hard to see, but probably still plays id Software’s old-school FPS. Serious, demise is a cockroach. You can’t kill it. It is everywhere. Perhaps it will become a currency in a post-apocalyptic future…or an NFT in our dystopian present.