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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.


Dixie D’Amelio explains why ‘One Whole Day’ song is not a diss

Published: 5/Dec/2020 3:57 Updated: 5/Dec/2020 6:21

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Dixie D’Amelio’s fans think her latest song, ‘One Whole Day,’ is a diss track aimed at her ex-boyfriend, Griffin Johnson, but she claimed it isn’t and explained what it’s really about.

Dixie D’Amelio rocked the world with the release of her latest song, ‘One Whole Day.’ The lyrics tell how she had a falling out with a boyfriend but was only sad for one whole day and shed a single tear.

Her fans assume the song is about her break up with Griffin Johnson and think it’s her way of throwing him some shade. However, Dixie D’Amelio recently answered some questions about the song on YouTube, and she explained that it’s not a diss track.

Dixie D'Amelio Wiz Khalifa one day music video
YouTube: Dixie D'Amelio
Dixie D’Amelio collaborated with Wiz Khalifa to produce her latest song, ‘One Whole Day.’

“Being sad is not what the song is about,” she said, without mentioning Griffin Johnson’s name. “The song is basically about how I am only going to be sad for one day from a breakup.”

“When you are treated in a way where you’re not number one or a number one priority or shown true care and love and affection more than anyone else, there’s no point in being upset about it for more than one day,” she added.

It’s reasonable to assume this might have been an issue in Dixie D’Amelio’s relationship with Griffin Johnson. Either way, the point is, it’s more about the personal realization she had rather than the break-up itself.

Dixie D'Amelio and Griffin Johnson
Instagram: Dixie D'Amelio
Dixie D’Amelio and Griffin Johnson were together for a while, but things didn’t work out.

“The song does mean a lot to me because I’ve spent a lot of my life being upset about things for too long,” she said. “If a person… cannot treat me with respect… then I don’t want them in my life, and I will not be upset about it for more than one whole day.”

“That’s kind of my idea of the song. It’s not a diss in any way. It’s… showing self-love… to myself,” she added. “It’s important to love yourself. It’s important to know you’re worth, so that’s… what it’s all about.”

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‘One Whole Day’ might refer to some of the experiences and feelings Dixie D’Amelio had during her break-up with Griffin Johnson, but it’s not intended to be a diss track in any way, shape, or form.

The song’s meaning runs much deeper than that. It’s about feeling a sense of self-love and self-worth during a break-up, no matter how sad it can be in the short-term.