Video game classic DOOM gets added to the Bitcoin blockchain


  • A cloned variant of the 30-year-old video game classic named DOOM has been added to the Bitcoin blockchain.
  • DOOM has been integrally inscribed on a single satoshi through the use of block 774526.
  • Web browsers are still considered necessary to compile the code, forcing unconventional innovations to run.

Somebody has uploaded a cloned variant of DOOM, the 30-year-old video game classic, to the Bitcoin blockchain as an inscribed on the network’s own NFT protocol, Ordinals, to the delight of crypto Twitter and Reddit circles. 

A budget variant of DOOM has been permanently affixed to a single Satoshi via block 774526, which was then added to the blockchain on Wednesday morning due to an intrinsic loophole that is enabled by Bitcoin’s Taproot upgrade pushed in November 2021.

As the game was written to Bitcoin, it will exist in perpetuity on the immutable blockchain. This variant of DOOM can be played as long as the network is up and running. 

Although web browsers are still required to compile the code, pressuring unconventional innovations to run DOOM is now a meme in tech culture. DOOM has been programmed to run via pregnancy tests, calculators, ATM machines, smart watches, toasters, and Pelotons, among other odd conduits.  

While the clone is entertaining in its own blocky and basic way, a true copy of the original DOOM appears to be on its way to the Bitcoin blockchain sometime soon. 

Meanwhile, Ordinals remain a topic of discussion among Bitcoiners as the community deciphers what bringing NFTs to the oldest blockchain implies for the coming years of the network as well as the NFT ecosystem at large. 

Notably, the protocol has just enabled the mining of the largest Bitcoin block ever. This week, a high-resolution “Taproot wizard” was inscribed to a satoshi, resulting in a 3.96MB transaction — close to Bitcoin’s 4 MB block size limit (originally 1 MB but stretchable via SegWit). The DOOM Ordinal was only 31.2 KB in size.