We've graduated from the days when Elden Ring players were trying to beat the game with unusual controllers, or devices that were never intended to interface with video games - now they're doing challenge runs without touching a controller at all.
You might recognize streamer Luality from her previous Soulsborne challenge runs, where she took on Demon's Souls and Elden Ring with a dance pad. But now, Luality herself is the controller - she's set up a motion camera to capture her movements and translate them to in-game actions. She can stick out a leg to move forward, or hold it to the left or right to move in either direction. She's mapped a whistling motion to call Torrent, and a drinking motion to chug a potion.
Luality's first motion control stream started a bit unceremoniously - she immediately walked off the cliff to death in the first area - but after several multi-hour sessions and a lot of tweaking of the camera's sensitivity, she's making good progress. She managed to defeat Starscourge Radahn at the close of her most recent stream (opens in new tab).
BAD PUPPY GETS SMACKED, CEILING SUFFERS COLLATERAL DAMAGE. #ELDENRING pic.twitter.com/HDIkn9kMDOFebruary 13, 2023
Meanwhile, another streamer named Larxa has been using voice controls to work through Elden Ring, mapping attacks and movement to commands like 'go' and, uh, 'wombo'. Larxa is now very close to the end of the game using these controls - her stream (opens in new tab) is live as I'm writing this, and she's now making runs at the game's final boss: the Elden Beast.
I'm close to beating Elden Ring using just my voice! Here is Maliketh, this guy nearly broke my spirit 😭I might beat the final boss tomorrow, wish me luck! pic.twitter.com/Wb70ppWUBhFebruary 16, 2023
PerriKaryal seemingly opened the floodgates for these controller-free runs when she started playing Elden Ring with her brain. And, like, these other hands-free gaming exercises are extremely cool - but they're not using neuroscience to play Elden Ring.
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