Once a subversive piece of playable art, Doom has now replaced the traffic lights in a pedestrian CAPTCHA test. 



Ever wonder what CAPTCHA meant? It’s an anagram: Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (that T for Turing is named for Alan Turing, of Imitation Game fame), and something that sits among a category of technologies designed to ensure a human, not a machine, is making an online transaction. 

Developed at Carnegie Mellon University, these ‘games’ feature random words or letters are displayed in a camouflaged and distorted fashion so that they can be deciphered by people, but not by software. Users are asked to type in the text they see to verify they are human. Sometimes, there’s a series of pictures, such as a number of street scenes, and users are asked to check off the items which feature something like ‘traffic lights’.

It seems, on the surface to be a simple security measure to ensure that you’re the one logging onto a secure site, or one where financial transactions are going to take place. You’d rather it’s secure enough to distinguish you, a person, from some automated Russian bot. But just like most things in the world which wind up being minor inconveniences paid as a price for the greater good, people have complained about them.

As Futurism is reporting, not all CAPTCHA tests need to be boring. The site has pointed out that a web developer in Spain has decided to create one revolving around the classic PC game Doom. The developer, Miquel Camps Orteza, uploaded his creation to his GitHub page. 

To prove you’re a human, and not a bot, the test asks you to shoot four “imps” from Doom using a handgun. Good luck if you’ve never played Doom or know what an imp is.

“What ensues is a simple, but fun mini-game. There are no moving sprites; the monsters and background are rendered in static 2D images. Nevertheless, the CAPTCHA test is loaded with the game’s music and gunshot sound effects to help recreate the feel of playing the original Doom.”

While not something that the uninitiated will have to experience/endure any time soon, the mere fact of its existence begs the question: how easily are we being bored? Like, finding a car among nine pictures is that much of a burden to you?

Because let’s not imagine the hideous modern hellscape that allows us as a species to go a single second without being entertained.

We are, as a species, appropriately, doomed.




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