DOOM on a Digital Camera from 1998!


[shotgun blasts]
[zombies groaning] – Now that’s what I call
a point and shoot camera. [piano playing, PC bootup sounds] Greetings and welcome to
an LGR thing involving Doom running on devices that
are unusual [laughs]. This is the Kodak Digital
Science DC260 ZOOM Camera released around June of 1998
for an asking price of $999 or around $1577 adjusted for inflation. And on the surface this
was a pretty typical late ’90s camera for consumer market. Kind of a mid, upper mid range, not the best but certainly not cheap. You get a 1.6 megapixel sensor, an auto focusing 3x optical zoom lens and all a bunch of other cool stuff. You know, compact flash,
memory card storage to store your flash pics
and jpeg format photos. And connections all over the place, serial and infrared but also USB. In fact this was one of
the first digital cameras on the consumer space to actually use USB that I can find anyway. But that’s just all camera
stuff we’re not really gonna be looking at that
at least in this video, I might cover it again in
the future just a look at it in terms of how it
performs as a retro camera. But it’s all the stuff
inside and in particular the Digita OS, it’s kind of
this Digital Science thing. But yeah Digita OS is what
it runs and that is something released by FlashPoint Technology in 1997. And this was an initiative
to have the power of a desktop computer without all
the desktop computer stuff. You know just stick
all these image editing and manipulation things
in the camera itself. So end users could do
things like review, edit, and share photos directly
from your camera. But developers could also
develop third party apps that could be installed
to the camera itself. Which is really forward
thinking stuff for the ’90s. I mean good grief downloading
apps to augment your camera, I mean that took years for that kind of thing to be common place. And the reason that is possible is because inside of this thing is actually running a 66
MHz PowerPC NPC 823 CPU, eight megabytes of RAM, and
11 kHz sound input and output. This is kinda like having
an older Macintosh computer, like a Power PC in a digital camera. It’s pretty nuts, like
I have the Macintosh The Power Mac 60100 and it’s
got really similar specs, 66 MHz Power PC CPU and it’s got more RAM ’cause I’ve upgraded it. But I mean yeah it’s capable
of running Power PC stuff under this Digita OS. You combine that with that
sound and the little D-pad here, and the two inch TFT LCD
with 288 x 216 resolution and you’ve got yourself an
interesting little machine here. So of course we gonna install
some software on here, in particular Doom but
also some other things. We’re gonna start with
Doom though because I mean that’s the title of the video so. yeah really all you need
is this camera itself and the normal stuff
that goes a long with it like a compact flash
card and a card reader. These will work with other
DC200 series cameras, not the DC220 really it
doesn’t have enough memory but the others one’s as
well as some other cameras from Minolta, HP, and Pentax, but yeah we’re just gonna
look at this one right here. Really the first thing to
do is just take your CF card plug that into the reader
and then get that going in whatever your computer
system is that has a capability of reading these cards. And then you’ll need some
ZIP files from the developers of this source port of
Doom, or DOOMD as it’s known put together by Jim
Serene and Scott Angel. They also did some other things like MAME and MESS ports to this camera, so I’ll have to try those out later. But yeah we’re just gonna
go with Doom for now. And it’s extremely simple
you just extract the CAM application file into the
system folder on the compact flash card and then you copy
the Doom WAD into the base directly of the card itself and that’s it, the camera will take
care of everything else. So yeah we’ll be trying some
other things in addition to Doom but for now let’s
just get this thing plugged into the wall and powered on. So while this does support
four AA batteries for getting power normally it’s not really optimized for doing so with the LCD turned on, like it’ll last a while if
you’re just using the viewfinder, normal camera stuff but we’re
gonna be playing Doom on here so I’m gonna be plugging in the AC adapter that it came with and
just sort of forgetting the whole battery situation. And that’s pretty much that, we’ll just put it into review mode here, power it on and yeah this’ll be the thing where you normally go into
messing around with your images and whatnot just sort of looking at what’s on the camera of course. Checking out the memory
card and options and things. And yeah this is pretty
much the Digita OS, and it’s all the stuff that you normally do on a digital camera. Including camera to camera
infrared transfers, oh. But anyway this is really what we want, we have the applications
section which is normally unpopulated with anything
but of course we’ve installed Doom so we’re gonna start Doom. And so yeah you just sort of start it up, click the power button really quick and it’ll boot into this application. And it takes a second to load here but you know it’s a digital
camera we can forgive it. And there we go, we’ve got
doom running on a Kodak digital camera from
1998 [laughs joyfully]. Oh yeah I’ll zoom in here a little bit, so the demo is playing
in the background there. I’ve got sound, [gunshots] [demonic groaning] got the volume wheel right there and these buttons are your
enter and escape keys. I believe that’s enter yeah, menu is escape. Bring up the main menu here and yeah I mean you can see it is
just straight up Doom. It’s just a port of Doom, there is no music [groans]
I assume that Kodak didn’t exactly [laughs] worry about like a general MIDI implementation when they designed this thing so that’s fine. Let’s go into new game and
we’re gonna start a game here, knee deep in the dead episode one, ah we’ll do hurt me plenty why not. And well here’s something
that’s kind of weird, I don’t know if you can here this [electronic buzzing] Yeah there’s like a
squeaking sound coming out of the speaker when
nothing else is going on or really just about all the time. I don’t know if that’s like
the capacitors being weird or who knows what, anyway
it’s there can’t really get rid of it I’ve tried. Ah but yeah I mean you
know, here we go we got Doom and we’ve got the little D-pad down here that is perfectly functional, Er [laughs] it’s not great but it works I mean what are you gonna do it’s a digital camera playing Doom. We have got this zoom wheel up here so that does shooting and then
telephoto goes to open things. So we’ll go to the door
here and open this up. Yeah! [gunshots] [groaning] [laughing happily] And you know it actually
runs pretty decently, it’s about on par with
what my Macintosh 60100 is and that makes total sense. I believe this is a map yeah, that opens this, this enables the run mode which is a little too much. We have this here for
switching between weapons. I don’t really have anything
but fists and pistols right now and anyway, yeah. [gunshots] I kind of wish that the shutter button [laughs] was shoot but it’s not, instead you have this over here. I mean it’s fine, it works. [gunshots] Oh, I do wish the D-pad
were a little more purposely directional if that makes sense. It’s kind of vague you’re
just sort of rocking a long this weird center axis. It kind of reminds me of like a Gravis GamePad honestly that’s not a great D-pad either. [laughing] So it’s not a positive reminder, but it is a reminder none the less. [laughing] Mmm I don’t know why this
is so enjoyable to me, man playing Doom on absolutely anything that it doesn’t make sense, makes all the sense in
the world in my opinion. If it plays Doom I want to do it. [relaxing music] All right, yeah let’s
just get out of here. [lever clunking] Yeah, oh yeah photo finish right there. Next level, we’re gonna play through the whole game in this vi– No I’m not [laughs]
just a couple of levels, just to show you what’s up. [gunshots] [death cries] Now that’s what I call a point
and shoot camera [laughs]. I mean it’s a totally
playable version of the game, like it’s way more so than I anticipated when I first learned about
this however many years ago. [laughing] it’s just fun. Here’s where I wanted to go, all right. [gunshots] [demonic moaning] Yeah. Nope, not gonna mess with you sir. And we’re outta here. Nice [laughs]. And there we go that is
Doom on the Kodak DC260 and actually I wanna show a
couple of those other things that it can run like
MAME and MESS but also I am going to stop ruining
my posture and my eyesight and use an AV cable that it comes with, because this allows you to
have composite video output. So, in fact we’ll use this
as little handheld console. A mini MAC kind of
situation, this is [laughs] just so cool, ah yeah let’s hook it up to a TV. Okay I got the camera plugged into the TV [TV powers on, Doom sounds playing] [chuckles] and there you go. [Doom continues doomily] So yeah this should be
a little easier to play since I can just hold the camera down here off screen like a controller. Let’s do, oh yeah that’s
just the shareware WAD, I guess we’ll play knee
deep in the dead again on ultra violence ’cause why not. Squeaky, squeaky. Yeah you can still hear some of that squeaking coming through. [gunshots] [groaning] [screaming] [laughing] Well you know, ‘ultra violence.’ Yeah the controls are still awful but that’s how it is this tiny
little D-pad with like a complete lack of dead zone. It just sort of rocks
around this center mass. If it weren’t for the
absolutely terrible ergonomics of holding this camera I would completely forget this is a camera. I mean this could be like an early 32-bit console or something. Okay well that’s, that [laughs]. It’s no surprise, so we
will quit out of here. And you get some craziness
right here whenever the camera’s power cycling. But yeah we’ll get back to the menu. So I wasn’t able to get MESS working, but I was able to get
MAME or MAMED working, so we’ll do that. MAMED! So this is an absolutely
awesome source port, MAME 0.37 beta six. So I’m gonna switch some of these options to make sure that it’s not
rotating around on you. Because yeah I mean it’s
easy enough to [laughs] rotate the camera in your hands to get the proper vertical kinda gameplay but yeah we’re playing on a
TV we don’t want that. Well let’s try Frogger. Typical MAME start up there, but as you can see it’s a little slow. [electronic tone] [faster electronic tones] [rapid electronic tones] [laughing] I mean it works. Oof. Get about a half second lag everything is just
running abysmally slowly. But that is, that’s what you get man. I mean this is about how MAME would run on that MAC 60100 I have anyway. So, you know. [sad Frogger death] Let’s get out of there. And it’s the same with all of these in terms of everything running slow. So we’ll get Pac-Man going here. You can already tell
it’s a little bit slow [cheeky electronic music] [laughing] So this is the special fart
noise edition of Pac-Man. [electronic beeps] [groans] That’s enough of that. As you can see there
the screen was cut off on the top and bottom as well, and that has to do with
the aspect ratio thing that I was messing around with, the rotation and all that. You can apply some stretching, or resolution scaling and whatnot, but it really doesn’t like doing that. And then some games like Galaga here, they just don’t run at all. In fact it freezes the whole camera every time I try to run it. Now that may just be an emulator issue. It’s tricky to get this thing configured when all you’re looking
at is what’s on here. And all of the things that
you’d wanna switch around with command lines and all
that, ah you can’t really. Unless you do it before you put everything on the memory card, so. But here’s another one that’s on here that I was able to get working. This is called Multi Pac, it really is just Pac-Man using the same ROMs that MAME would but it’s supposedly
optimized for this camera. And well it does kind of, well no I think it runs about the same. And there’s no sound but… So anyway I don’t know why I showed this. Unfortunately all the other
things that I wanted to try like there’s a version of
Boulder Dash and Minesweeper and several other things. They all seem to be
made for like the DC290 and I guess they just don’t work on here. I mean I haven’t been able
to get them working at all. So this is the other thing that I’ve really gotten working is PLAYMP3. Now this is a very simple MP3 player, it doesn’t even have any visuals really. But it does in fact play
MP3 files that you put on the root directory of
the compact flash card. [energetic rock music] [laughing] So I’ve got the, that’s the Andrew Hulshult
LGR theme song remix. So yeah this is just an
absolutely fascinating thing. Like the fact that it
works as well as it does and allows you to run
Doom dang it [laughs]. It’s just way to enjoyable to me. Well I guess that I’ll probably
cover this camera again in some way in the future, just to do more of like a
traditional LGR retrospective. And maybe I can get some of the other cameras in the range to
sort of compare it to, or maybe one of the other
Digita OS compatible cameras. I don’t know, if there’s
anything that you’d like to see let me know and if you enjoyed
this let me know that to. Or if you had any experience messing around with this thing yourself. I don’t know man leave comments. Either way I hope that you
enjoyed this video in general, and as always new one’s
coming out every week here on LGR so stay tuned if you like. And as always thank you
very much for watching LGR.

100 thoughts on “DOOM on a Digital Camera from 1998!

  1. Very cool LGR! Very very cool as always! So unique and awesome to be able to play Doom… ON A FREAKING CAMERA!! 😱😱😱😱

  2. What's next? A Gameboy camera? AN ATARI 2600 FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!? AN NES? REPLACING THE DUKE 3D ROM WITH A DOOM ROM? WHILE JUGGLING THREE GAMEBOY COLORS? what about playing doom on the toilet? Or even a Bluetooth speaker (Yeah ik that's not possible)

  3. LGR: "I'll probably be featuring this camera in a future video."
    Me: Please make sure the screen is clean by then.
    LGR: "Leave a comment below of what you'd like to see."
    Me: I'd like to see a clean screen.

  4. I got Doom running on my Sansa Clip, drained the battery pretty fast and you couldn't really see what you where doing but it was running.

  5. Even today it’s hard to find phones that double as computers so the fact there was a camera doing it is absolutely amazing.

  6. I bought the DC220 back when it was brand new. And I was able to get it to run Pac-Man. Not well, but it did run.

  7. DOOM PC Requirements:
    CPU: yes
    OS: optional
    GPU: no
    RAM: optional
    SCREEN: Maybe

    So according to these specs…I need to get a better camera XD

  8. The sad thing is that there are plenty of ports of Doom on actual gaming systems that play a hell of a lot worse. That camera is kind of a miracle.

  9. My first experience with doom was on my Sega 32X…turns out I could have had a far better experience on a camera 🤷🏻‍♂️

  10. dude this is awesome I'm soo glad you chose DOOM, I still play doom. cept I have a heavily modded BRUTAL DOOM WAD black edition on PC. that's a doom slayer's wett dream. I love this video!!

  11. Historians in the future "These humans worshiped the demon slayer, every ancient artifacts has this memory implanted in it, this sounds the significance in the demon slaying nature of humans "

  12. 6:40 this squeeqing Sound is the coused by the power supply. Its unfiltered distortions on the dc bus. For a Switch Mode Power supply thats normal, its Just that the sensitive Audio circutry Pics it up

  13. As a PowerPC fanatic, I have been waiting 20 years just to see one of these "in action", so to speak. So epic to see it here on LGR! You have made me very happy!

  14. As a PowerPC fanatic, I have been waiting 20 years just to see one of these "in action", so to speak. So epic to see it here on LGR! You have made me very happy!

  15. You tube ads are spooking me out, the ad for this video was Will Wrights Masterclass…I think actually I may take that one, I reckon there's someone else who might —-^

  16. Id like to see you comparing cameras that can play games and do just about anything else besides being just a camera xD Thank you for this video! Iv been a fan for years, I love your work 🙂

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