I can recall playing the id classic Doom on a myriad of devices, from computers, to home consoles (the SNES) and even on some portable systems, but could you imagine walking up to the ATMs at a local branch of your bank (or federal credit union; FCU’s FTW!) and after making a deposit, withdraw or transfer, you could play a few rounds of Doom? Well ladies and gentlemen, thanks to the work of a pair of Australian hackers, this automated teller machine from Bizarro-world exists and is just all kinds of awesome.
The details on the hack are a bit sparse, such as how they got the ATM, and stuff like that, but in all truth, the result of viewing the retro goodness of Doom on any screen speaks for itself. Is the set-up a little strange? Sure, but what amazing is the fact that it’s pretty easily possible to do since most ATMs are Windows XP computers at heart (which is either amazing, sad, or scary depending on who you ask), granted there’s still security measures in place to prevent anyone from just booting to that familiar XP desktop and downloading your choice of freeware.
The crew behind this hack are far from finished, as they wish to turn the side buttons into weapon select (which they already have pulled off as of this post), and the PIN pad into another set of controls. When they’re done and put this thing back together again, they’ll will possess quite possibly one of the coolest and most unconventional arcade cabinets on the planet.
[Thanks Hack a Day]