But can it run Doom?

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Title: But can it run Doom?
Creator: Andrew Sillers
Date(s): 15 May 2021
Medium: Video game, Gif
Fandom: Doom
External Links: game on ao3, source code on github
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You may be looking for the meme where people make Doom run on things it shouldn't: It runs DOOM.

But can it run Doom? is a mod of the 1993 video game Doom that is controlled through links on its Archive of Our Own page.

The game is presented as a gif of what the player character is doing right now, and the player (i.e., anyone accessing the game's ao3 page) chooses the character's next action by selecting one of the links below the gif. Since anyone with the AO3 link can choose actions, it's a collective gaming experience, perhaps similar to Twitch Plays Pokemon. It is also part of a long tradition of porting Doom to work on unusual hardware or software platforms.

The creator has also presented several talks explaining how they got interactive gifs to work on a static website like AO3,[1] [2] and has shared the code for interactive gif games on github. [3]

Reactions and Reviews

A post on Tumblr from May 2021 reacting to the AO3 work had garnered over 100,000 notes as of August 2021, and included some of the fan reactions from AO3 in screenshots [4].


  1. ^ !!Con. !!Con Sunday May 16th published to Youtube on 17 May 2021. (Accessed August 2021.)
  2. ^ !!Con. !!Con 2021 - Night of the living GIF: Making interactive multiplayer experiences. by Andrew Sillers published to Youtube on 24 June 2021. (Accessed August 2021.)
  3. ^ Night of the Living GIF! source code. apsillers. Night of the Living GIF! published to Github in May 2021. (Accessed August 2021.)
  4. ^ Tumblr post thread, Archived version by lithium-alchemist, stonerfag, and crystal-rebellion reacting to the AO3 work.