If you ever ran around your house pretend to shoot your siblings like I did then the new script from Rich Whitehouse is going to be right up your alley. The script is called DOOMBA and it takes your Roomba’s mapping data that’s created already when cleaning your house and turns it into a playable Doom map.
Whitehouse has spent the last 20 years working in the video gaming industry, helping create some big titles like Prey and Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast. The DOOMBA project however, is one he programmed all on his own and decided to give it to everyone as a gift this past Christmas Eve.
“Wait, hold up, you’re telling me Roomba’s track and collect data about your home?”
Yup, Roombas at first would just be programmed make certain turns when they sensed something in front of them, but newer models have a sort of built in AI that keeps a memory bank of where they have been and where they ran into a chair, table, couch, etc. And it’s because of this creepy liitle fact that made him want to create something from it, and what better way than to literally turn the data into a level from hell.
Here’s what Whitehouse had to say on the matter.
“I soon realized that there was a clear opportunity to serve the Dark Lord by conceiving a plethora of unholy algorithms in service to one of the finest works ever created in his name,” Whitehouse writes on his website. “Simultaneously, I would be able to unleash a truly terrible pun to plague humankind. Now, the fruit of my labor is born. I bring forth DOOMBA, a half-goat, half-script creature, with native binary backing for the expensive parts, to be offered in place of my firstborn on this fine Christmas Eve.”
You can download the program with directions on how to set it up over at Whitehouse’s blog.[H/T Polygon.com]