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Back in January, a Register commentard recalled a magazine cover of days of yore, depicting Doom as if it were running on an ATM: now an Aussie tinkerer has brought the vision to life.

As shown in the YouTube video below, the hardware hackers obtained a presumably-retired NCR Personas ATM – one that runs Windows XP – and got id Software's venerable first-person shooter up and fragging.

As HackADay describes, the I-PAC2 USB keyboard emulator for arcade games has been pressed into service to connect the ATM's buttons to the PC, rather than the machine's original button controller circuit.

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The reason El Reg finds this of interest goes back to January, when commentard “Astarte” responded to this ATM security story with the following remark:

“Wouldn't it be nice … if some philanthropic hacker left something really useful on ATMs. I'm thinking something like an entry code to make the terminal play Pong, Space Invaders or Rocket Raid to pass away a few minutes now and then while waiting for a bus/train/taxi etc. For a bonus win it could credit the score in the currency of your choice to an account of your choice.”

To which “Solmyr ibn Wali Barad” responded: “Years ago, there was a hilarious magazine cover shot - Doom running on the ATM.”

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