id Software's Classic FPS 'Quake' Recreated On An Oscilloscope

speed comparisonRecently, we've seen the seminal id Software first person shooter Doom ported to all sorts of weird and wonderful hardware, from calculators and mp3 players; to printers and ATM/cash machines. The latest attempt to make a shooter run on hardware that was never intended to play games has gone one step further though, as Finnish software developer Pekka Väänänen has managed to port Doom semi-sequel Quake onto an Hitatchi V-422 oscilloscope.

For those who aren't familiar, an oscilloscope is a scientific test tool designed to display voltages as a waveform, and was certainly never intended to run games such as Quake. Using sound waves generated by a laptop to replicate the geometry of the world, Väänänen has managed to recreate a visual approximation of the dank, bio-mechanical dungeons and while it probably isn't very easy to play, this demo is a fascinating glimpse at what is possible with a bit of technical know-how and a curious nature.

Quake running on an Oscilloscope

Link: Quake On An Oscilloscope - A Technical Report

Last Updated ( 31 December 2014 )  

Tom Charnock

A true connoisseur of failed and obscure console hardware, if Tom isn't extolling the virtues of the Jaguar CD's texture smoothing abilities or the Dreamcast's vast array of useless peripherals he's usually on Twitter asking where all the Super A'Can games are.

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(Link to this comment) T Moleman 2014-12-31 19:29
This is pretty god damn amazing!!! It'd be nice if they released the soundwave generator program to see what other classics can be recreated.

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