McDonald’s digital register hacked to play video game
It was doom and gloom for an old proprietary McDonald’s computer
McDonald’s is good for more than just french fries and frozen hamburgers. Apparently, there’s a darker side to the fast food company that would appeal to gamers. As one avid gamer, and apparent hacker found out, McDonald’s cash registers are good for playing video games.
A 19-year-old video game fan figured out how to hack a McDonald’s cash register to play Doom, the classic version. He posted about it on Twitter, so there’s visual proof, and explains that he was able to figure out the encryption that turned the Windows-based machine into a proprietary point-of-sale system after getting explorer.exe to run. He adds, “[I] downloaded ZDOOM (Doom XP) on it using my personal computer, plugged it into the USB in the cash register and ran it through there with auto run.”
Getting Doom to run may have just been the beginning. Now that the teenage hacker has figured out how to make his idea work, he’s going to move onto other games, including Sonic Adventure 2.
It isn’t clear how the video game/hacker came across the McDonald’s cash register – a video he posted about his adventure appears to have been taken at his home. However, things could get interesting from here. Now that the cat is out of the bag, and the process has been explained, it wouldn’t be surprising if the world started to see video games popping up on McDonald’s cash registers around the world, able to be played alongside an order for fries and a strawberry milkshake.