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WATCH: Gamer Plays 'Skyrim' Using Potatoes For Controllers

Because buying a new controller is so mainstream
by Mark Coles | Jun 13, 2016
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During school science projects it’s pretty common to see students showing how potatoes can be sources of electricity for items such as clocks and light bulbs. But did you know that with enough effort, and a WHOLE lot of free time, you can play video games on the computer with potato power as well?

YouTuber and gamer BOOM, LLC Robotater recently proved this as he managed to play the ever-popular The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim game using potatoes as the controllers.

Now you might be asking how a small vegetable is capable of doing such feat. Well, according to sciencebuddies, vegetables and even fruits can be turned into electronic power sources because of the juices inside them.


Batteries generate electricity through a chemical reaction between two different electrodes and one electrolyte, which is a liquid. In the case of the potato battery, the juices inside the vegetable act as the electrolyte while copper and zinc electrodes are attached to its body.

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To play Skyrim, BOOM needed to use six potatoes on each side, which acts like an axis. When he wants to move his character in a certain direction he just simply pushes down with his fingers on the potato. (Now that's a sentence we never thought we’d use in our lifetime.)

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For those who want to play games on a potato controller as well, you can check BOOM's handy guide on the Steam forums.


Photos from (potato clock experiment), (skyrim in-game images)

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