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Watch an Overwatch streamer control Genji using only fidget spinners

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The streamer that controlled Winston using nothing but bananas (opens in new tab) has put together another ludicrous creation: a fidget-spinner controller for Genji. You can see it working in the clip above, where Rudeism manages to de-mech a D.Va and kill the opposition's Genji just by twirling away. If you want to see more, the full stream is here (opens in new tab).

He explained how it works in this Reddit thread (opens in new tab)—basically, each fidget spinner sits on an encoder that turns their movement into signals and connects to a circuit board that sits underneath the piece of wood shown in the clip. The encoders can detect which way the spinners are rotating, and whether or not they're being pushed down (like a regular button).

There's two for WASD, two for aiming (horizontal and vertical axes), and one for left and right click. By pushing the spinners, Rudeism can trigger Genji's abilities, jump, or ask for healing. It's obviously quite clunky (a bit like me when I'm controlling Genji on a mouse and keyboard, as a matter of fact), but the fact he was able to even land a shot is mighty impressive.

For more wacky controller schemes, here's Rudeism beating Dark Souls 3's first boss using a dance pad (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti
Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.