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Watch a $200,000 Porsche play Doom 2

Drive your Porsche to Hell

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Sometimes, software engineers get bored. Judging by his YouTube channel, Matthew Swarthout gets particularly bored about once every two years. That’s why he modded a 2017-model red Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet to run Doom 2.

In the video Swarthout, who from the looks of it works almost exclusively in the medium of toaster-based prop comedy (also red), shows just how easy it is to get the internal computer systems of a $200,000 sports car to boot into safe mode. Then, utilizing the car’s audio CD drive, he inserts Doom 2 and hits play.

He then proceeds to explain how the car’s default inputs — the steering wheel, gearshift, gas and brake — can be used to play the game ... at about 50 miles per hour.

Funny thing, though. Seems that Swarthout pulled the same stunt, with an identical script, back in 2015. Below, watch him showing how to get Doom 2 up and running on “any commercially available toaster” in “three easy steps.”

I don’t really want to spend all day explaining the joke, but it’s a pretty good one. The payoff is seeing Swarthout tear through a private parking lot, absolutely punishing demons with a series of well-timed horn blasts.

YouTube commenters have dropped by to compliment Swarthout on his perfectly deadpan delivery. “You could be a YouTube star,” says one in the comments of the video, which is now well over 125,000 views. I’m inclined to agree.

Just think what he could do, though, with a second joke.