A few Doom fans spotted something wrong with a viral photo that supposedly showed the 1993 classic running on a McDonald's ordering kiosk. Bad news, folks: turns out it's almost certainly a fake.
The saga started with a Thursday tweet in which a pseudonymous user posted a shot of an apparently hacked touchscreen kiosk at the fast food chain. The user claimed somebody had installed Doom using the old-school keypad on a small device plugged into the screen at the bottom, show below.
yo who tf installed doom on the mcdonalds kiosk 😭 pic.twitter.com/HzxlnjmlRm
— jt 💊 (@yosupjt) June 30, 2022
The pic got so much attention it ended up in PC Gamer yesterday, but an astute observer pointed out in the original tweet thread that the photo is very likely edited.
"This is a fake Photoshop," the user said Thursday, posting the supposed original image from an old Reddit thread. The pic shows the same kiosk with the same people walking in the background, but this time with a "blue screen of death" instead of Doom.
— (=🝦.🝦=)∫.EXE (@GalacticFurball) June 30, 2022
Doom fans don't have to mourn for long, though, because players have love getting the game to run in places it really doesn't belong. In fact, the fact-checking thread itself features a video that would much harder to fake.
"Former McDonalds manager here," one user replied, fulfilling everyone's great need to see Doom on a fast food screen. "This is something I actually did back in 2020 on one of the McDonald’s tills on the front counter."
The video, shown below, sure enough features the demon-blasting shooter on a cashier's till. The fake might've been disappointing but the short clip satisfied our hunger — and we're lovin' it.
Former McDonalds manager here. This is something I actually did back in 2020 on one of the McDonald’s tills on the front counter. pic.twitter.com/5p4g9IrjRi
— FLEEBS CG (@fleebs_cg) July 1, 2022