Why Play Half-Life on Your Smartwatch When You Can Play Doom?

There’s a story going around today about a new hack for Android Wear smartwatches, but it has me less than impressed.

Kotaku reported earlier today that an industrious hacker had gotten Half-life, that venerable almost-twenty-year-old game, to run on the LG G Watch.

It’s not very playable, but it does work:

That’s cool, but as an old school gamer I think it would be better to use the old standby to judge the hacking of a platform: Will it run Doom?

And as a hacker showed us last October, yes, you can run Doom on a Samsung Gear Live:

Now tell me that’s not cooler than Half-life, I dare you.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Frank24 July, 2015

    While Doom is a more important game overall, I think having a smartwatch run Half-Life is cooler because is a more modern game than Doom.

    1. Nate Hoffelder24 July, 2015

      yes. But I’m a traditionalist.

  2. jjj24 July, 2015

    Aren’t watches great? It’s the dumbphone experience all over again.

  3. Eula25 July, 2015

    Good job


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