Quake Running On An Oscilloscope

Quake Running On An Oscilloscope

Apparently Doom is not the only game being ported or modded by fans over and over to run on the most unusual things. Finnish modder Pekka Väänänen was able to make Quake work on a Hitachi V-422 oscilloscope, an item that’s normally used to observe electrical signals.

Obviously, Quake looks quite different on an oscilloscope’s screen, more like a game for the Virtual Boy and not for PC.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the process and below is the video, with a playthrough of the first level:

Quake on an oscilloscope [YouTube, top pic via Pekka Väänänen]


  • Except it’s not running on the oscilloscope, its running on a laptop through a program that converts the geometry on-screen into a certain frequency that the oscilloscope can draw onscreen. That said, the reality is even cooler than the idea its somehow ‘running’ on it!

  • My grandfather, an electronic engineer, made his family’s first tv with a cathode ray oscilliscope. They watched the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 with it.

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