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A fan of The Elder Scrolls has managed to play Skyrim on their keyboard (yes, their QWERTY keyboard) and in doing so, has achieved something truly absurd.
In lockdown, lots of people have taken up new hobbies or set themselves challenges. For some, it's been learning a new language, or trying out something they'd never thought they would, like knitting. With the extra time on their hands, others have at long last cracked open the cookbooks they got for Christmas, and discovered new favourites. And, at least one person has been tinkering away at their tech to get The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim running on their keyboard. Each to their own.
Elder Scrolls egghead Mr_Murdoc has uploaded a short video of their exploit on the game's subreddit, simply titling it, "So, I got Skyrim running on a keyboard." From the bottom left corner of the keyboard, the camera swoops upwards to this model's display screen. After a moment of suspense, Skyrim's opening scene begins - albeit rendered in a scattering of white pixels against a black background.
Understandably, it's not quite as legible as it would be on a monitor, but it's definitely Skyrim and it's definitely something. In the comments of the Reddit post, a few said that Mr_Murdoc had simply gotten a .gif of the opening scene and displayed it on the keyboard, and that it wasn't really running the game. That's the case with the instance of Skyrim "running" on a home pregnancy test. In response, they explained how they executed the operation.
On their SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL keyboard, they used a program called Steelseries-OLED-Display-Mirror on Github "through the Steel Series Engine 3 app." This then mirrored the computer's desktop screen to the display, et voila.
Lots of the commenters are asking Mr_Murdoc to have a go at running Doom on their fancy keyboard next. The sky(rim) is the limit, truly.
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