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YouTuber turns treadmill into PS4 controller to play Death Stranding

Published: 3/Feb/2020 22:07

by Michael Gwilliam


YouTuber Allen Pan is well-known for his elaborate creations including a mouth flamethrower and real burning lightsaber, but nothing could have prepared him for the challenge of playing Death Stranding with a treadmill.

Death Stranding is the latest title by influential video game director Hideo Kojima, who is best known for creating the Metal Gear Solid series. In the game, players take control of Sam Porter Bridges, who is played by Norman Reedus.


Players must transport cargo through a post-apocalyptic United States, essentially making the game a mailman/walking simulator of sorts. They have to endure harsh conditions and tough terrain on their journeys to deliver packages.

YouTuber Allen Pan plays Death Stranding on a treadmill
YouTube/Allen Pan
If Death Stranding wasn’t already a “walking simulator” it is now.

Allen Pan decided to make the game even more of a “walking simulator” by turning a treadmill into a PS4 controller.


“All I have to do is take the rotor encoder from the treadmill and use an Arduino to calculate how fast someone is walking on the treadmill and the Arduino can control a digital potentiometer that is connected to a PS4 controller,” the YouTuber explained. “That way we get a treadmill that lets me play a game of Death Stranding as it was probably intended to be played.”

Basically, by walking on the treadmill fast enough, Pan can turn the walking relay and cause his character to walk in the game while running quickly can cause his character on screen to run.

Just to make the experience even more immersive, the YouTuber strapped on a huge backpack to mimic Norman Reedus’ character in the game.


At first, things didn’t go so well, as Pan couldn’t properly balance his cargo and all his packages went flying. After a few more tries, however, he started getting the hang of it and even started running at a brisk pace.

“Yeah! I’m running and he’s running!” the entertainer laughed. “We’re running together! This is so stupid!”

Allen Pan/YouTube
Playing Death Stranding on a treadmill is quite a workout.

Suddenly, the game became quite the interactive workout as Pan was left sweating profusely after reaching his destination.


Amazingly, this could end up being the best workout game ever created and add a whole new layer to an already impressive award-winning title.

Now, if only Hideo Kojima himself could try out his game on a treadmill.


Twitch streamer shocked after viewer sends him 126 lbs of cranberry sauce

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:02

by Virginia Glaze


Popular Twitch streamer ‘TheStockGuy’ was left speechless after receiving 126 lbs of cranberry sauce in the mail from one of his viewers in a hilarious prank.

Twitch is one of the net’s most popular live streaming platforms, and rightfully so; the site is home to a slew of hilarious and shocking moments that happen in real-time, from everything to doors falling on unlucky streamers in the middle of video games to viewers rescuing streamers’ trapped cats.


However, some of these on-stream occurrences are downright strange, and many streamers have received the odd occasional gift from their viewers, including that time when Pokimane received a body pillow with a photo of herself on it.

While streamers having a public P.O. Box to receive gifts from fans is not uncommon, very often the things they receive are; and Twitch streamer TheStockGuy became the subject of a seriously weird present of sorts.

Pokimane, Twitch
Twitch: Pokimane
Twitch star “Pokimane” has received a slew of strange gifts from fans – one of which was a body pillow with her own face on it.

During an October 6 broadcast, TheStockGuy — who has gained notoriety on the platform for educating his viewers about finances and the stock market — revealed he’d been sent 126 lbs of Ocean Spray brand cranberry sauce.

“What is wrong with you people?” the streamer asked, seeming genuinely baffled by the situation. “Somebody sent me 126 lbs of cranberry sauce! What — where am I supposed to put this? Isn’t there some charity or something this money could go to?”

Although the he appeared to be utterly flummoxed by the viewers’ decision, he decided to make the best of the unexpected prank, stating that he would donate the sauce to his local food bank for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.


“I mean — you know what? Joke’s on you!” he continued. “I’m giving this to the local food shelter for thanksgiving, so they don’t have to purchase cranberry sauce! That’s right — we’re making something good out of this!”

It seems that TheStockGuy’s viewers found the scenario to be completely hilarious — and while it certainly is worth a hearty chuckle, it’s good to know that the broadcaster is putting his viewer’s practical joke to good use, in the end.