Using mods, you can play the original DOOM on Windows 95 in Minecraft

Minecraft Virtual Machine Doom Image
Minecraft Virtual Machine Doom Image (Image credit: uDrunkMate via Reddit)

What you need to know

  • Minecraft is an incredibly versatile game, especially when you bring mods into the mix.
  • We've seen libraries, gorgeous cities, and even the entirety of Pokemon Red inside of Minecraft.
  • Now, due to a new mod, you can even build functioning computers running Windows 95 inside of Minecraft.
  • Of course, one Reddit user already figured out how to get DOOM working on one of those computers.

It seems like every day someone figures out a new way to utilize the flexibility and power offered by Minecraft. Whether it's for educational purposes with the Education Edition or just for plain fun, there's always something more to do. Today, that "something more" is playing the original DOOM game, now famous for running on a variety of strange and quirky hardware, on a functioning computer inside of Minecraft.

uDrunkMate on Reddit accomplished this by using the VM Computers mod, which lets you build full computers within the confines of Minecraft, and then use a virtual machine called VirtualBox to actually boot operating systems onto these computers. In this case, the operating system of choice is Windows 95, since Windows 95 does not require a ton of resources to run at a decent pace.

The end result is that you can sit down, er, stand up in Minecraft and play the original DOOM on a virtual screen. Now players in the comments section are asking the important questions, like: "Can it run Crysis?" or, more importantly, "Can you play Minecraft inside of Minecraft?" Doing either one of these things through a virtual machine inside of Minecraft would require a supremely powerful PC, but I'm sure someone is already hard at work figuring this out.

What do you think about this set-up? Would you want to play DOOM inside of Minecraft? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Our full DOOM Eternal Xbox One review

Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.