Video games have a long and sordid history of using various objects as controllers: guns, peripherals shaped like penises, and hell, even fruit. So it’s only natural that some of the weirder ones be put to more sensible use.
That’s what YouTuber Whybeare did a couple weeks ago when he tried to play Overwatch’s Lucio using two turntables from DJ Hero. Not brave enough to subject a team of live humans to his experiment, Whybeare explored his laser gun, DJ-ing skills in a private, all-bot match. Honestly, the results aren’t half bad. Better than plenty of non-spinning Lucios I’ve encountered out in the wild, anyway.
Whybeare mapped movement to the left turntable and aiming to the right, with shooting and special abilities linked to the buttons on either one. It sounds crazy in theory, but in practice it’s not too different from how I usually play the hero. In fact, because of Lucio’s speed and aura bonuses, not to mention the natural rhythms of his attacking blasts, the constant back-and-forth drifting encouraged by the turntables actually seems like a logical fit.
Whybeare wasn’t able to work out all the kinks of his setup though:
“And when we’re in speed mode we automatically walk forward. Why? Because I couldn’t find a way to turn that off so that is a side effect of the fact that you’re using the DJ Hero turntables. That’s how you know the Lucio you’re playing with is Pro. If they’re in speed mode and then can’t stop walking forward, they’re a professional using the DJ Hero setup.”
You can watch the full video below.