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Like it or not, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of gaming's most well-traveled titles. From its 2011 release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, the open-world RPG has gotten around. In recent years the Bethesda classic has come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and even Amazon's Alexa. It's surely just a matter of time before it comes to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, right?
While we wait for a next-gen launch, can I interest you in Skyrim on a home pregnancy test? That's right, the dragon-slaying epic has finally made it to platform we've all been waiting for... kind of. Just take a look for yourself below, okay?
hey you, you're finally awake.- foone (@Foone) September 5, 2020
You were trying to get pregnant, right? pic.twitter.com/uCgmymvahS
Twitter user Foone, perhaps gripped by an immense sense of lockdown-induced boredom, decided to take a real-life pregnancy test and put Skyrim on it. To be very clear, what you're seeing above is not the entire open-world game is playable on a pregnancy kit with a screen the size of a fingernail. That would be impossible.
Instead, Foone opted for the next best thing and made it so that the game's iconic "you're finally awake" introductory sequence appears, rendered in dots on the minuscule OLED screen. If my wife and I were taking a pregnancy test, I think I'd definitely want Ralof to be the one telling us that we were finally with child.
While it might not be the full game, this is still an utterly ludicrous achievment on the part of Foone - and very, very funny to boot. The clearly talented hardware hacker claims that the only part of the test they used is the shell. To make this next-level meme happen, they made us of "a replacement display AND a replacement microcontroller", because "the existing CPU can't be reprogrammed and the existing LCD can only show 4 things".
and it can't yet run doom. That's going to be way tricky, even cheating and having a modern desktop computer connected to it... but I CAN play back a doom video on it, which is kinda close?- foone (@Foone) September 5, 2020
(Using a different dithering method here so that you can see anything: doom is dark) pic.twitter.com/BhJLYkQlXp
The good news is that if you really, genuinely wanted to see a more substantial bit of video game running on the pregnancy test, Foone did manage to a video of the original DOOM working. From the sounds of it, they're going to put in a little bit more work to see if they can get the game itself running on the test, so watch this space.
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