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Overwatch cover of Pokemon theme on Paris pianos is absolutely wild

Published: 11/Feb/2020 1:36

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch player has managed to make a Workshop mode that uses bots to play piano on Paris, and they showed off its capabilities with a little music from Pokémon Red and Blue.

Shortly after Paris was added to the game in early 2019, players discovered the pianos located across the map were 100% playable.

Since then some players have even built Workshop modes and even bots focused on playing even more intricate songs on the in-game instruments.

But a recent clip from Reddit user Wengzan may take the prize as the most impressive Overwatch musical performance we’ve ever seen.

“I made a workshop gamemode that plays songs on the Paris piano with dummy bots,” Wengzan explained. “With it, I wrote a program that can convert MIDI files into arrays that the gamemode can read.”

To show off the capabilities of their fully-functional dummy bot music machine Wengzan went with a bit of classical video game music: the trainer battle theme from Pokémon Red and Blue.

Though the game mode to play MIDI only works on the PTR at the moment, but Wengzan confirmed that “theoretically” any MIDI file would be playable in the game mode.

“The mode can only play up to 11 pitches at the same time,” they wrote in the comments. “There’s also a script size limit that most songs exceed after a few minutes, preventing you from playing anything longer than that.”

To play your own songs in the workshop mode, you first need to get the code for the base piano playing game mode, which is: DZ372.

After that, you’ll need to input the song itself, which is done using a converter that takes an MIDI file and gives you workshop settings, that you can then copy and paste into Overwatch to have your very own concert in Paris.

There are several codes provided by Wengzan in the comments for people to try out on the PTR but might not want to go through making their own mode. The one for the trainer battle music is MZ4C8.

With the option for invisible Symmetra’s turned on, this game mode seems more like Piano Simulator 2020 than anything we should be able to recognize as Overwatch.

It’s wild how one little easter egg has inspired so much creativity from Overwatch players, and with three new Workshop maps currently on the PTR, it will be interesting to see what they come up with next.

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Incredible Overwatch custom game lets you drive a ‘Lamborghini’

Published: 22/Jan/2021 5:21 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 5:34

by Brad Norton

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An Overwatch racing game might not be all too far off now as a stylish new Workshop mode places heroes behind the wheel, allowing you to drive through any given map.

Driving a car is now possible in Overwatch thanks to the power of the Workshop. Players have modded their own custom vehicle into existence, allowing you to take it for a spin and drift through the game.

It’s not a simple trick that lets your hero move faster than usual. It’s a proper vehicle design that you can take control of and drive around. 

In fact, it’s modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador SV, giving you some style and some speed as you cruise through the world of Overwatch.

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Ever wanted to drive a Lambo? Now you can… in Overwatch.

“I’ve turned Overwatch into a Streetwatch,” GraczCourier’s Gaming revealed on January 21. While it might look a little different to what you had in mind, it functions better than perhaps any Workshop vehicle to date.

A collection of pipes and electricity effects bring the template of the car to life. Players have complete control over the direction of the Lambo, along with its speed as well.

You can drift around corners, activate nitrous, and even change the radio station while you’re in the driver’s seat. Not only that, but the custom mode appears to work across every map in the game.

This means you can boost through Hanamura, take in the sights of Blizzard World, or jet around London on King’s Row. Handling looks to be extremely precise as an accompanying video showcased just what’s possible with the Aventador in Overwatch.

While it’s a blast to drive around, there’s a unique challenge to it as well. How fast can you get through your favorite map? How long can you drift in one attempt? You and your teammates can put it all to the test.

The flashy Workshop mode is available for anyone to check out in-game now. Try it out for yourself with the following Workshop code: 4XQP4