A brand-new modification, or simply mod, for the 1993 first-person shooter cult classic Doom combines the video game with Instagram. Seriously.
The new mod, named InstaDoom, has been released in Doomworld, a website that serves as a central hub for all the news and mods related to one of the genre's most iconic games.
Installing InstaDoom allows gamers to apply any of the 37 filters that are available on Instagram to the video game while playing, which in effect will change the colors and hues of the game's graphics.
"There have been various attempts over the years to 'improve' the Doom palette. While these attempts had various goals, and succeeded to various degrees, one question remains: did the authors get paid billions of dollars for recoloring pictures? No? Then their attempts were objectively inferior to one group of people who did," the description of the game reads, poking fun at the sudden success of the photo-editing and sharing app.
Another tweak imparted by the InstaDoom mod on the video game, however, is much more creative than simply changing the colors of the graphics.
With the InstaDoom mod, players can actually use selfie sticks to take in-game snapshots with the in-game character. Gamers will now be able to take pictures of accomplishments as they battle through the hordes of demons in the video game.
The selfie stick, however, does not work exactly how it would in real life. As opposed to taking a picture of the character and whatever is behind the character, the feature instead superimposes the character on top of what is on the screen at the time that the picture is taken. The character will even strike different poses as the picture is being taken, for added variety to the pictures.
Despite being released over 20 years ago, Doom has maintained its popularity with a bustling community of gamers who enjoy creating mods to the original video game. Andrew Stine, the creator of the InstaDoom mod that uses the handle of Linguica online, is one of the most popular devotees of Doom.
The game follows the footsteps of an unnamed space marine that blasts his way through waves of demons on Mars. While the title certainly looks outdated compared to the more recent gems of the FPS genre such as Halo and Call of Duty, Doom was the most innovative video game upon its release, starting a cultural phenomenon.
In comparison to most modern video games which take up gigabytes of memory, Doom was only a 2MB file. The video game quickly spread around the world after its publisher id Software uploaded it to an FTP website through the online network of the University of Washington.