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Doom Piano is a piano that plays Doom, naturally

September 17, 2013 | By Mike Rose




A group of indie developers who have a knack for putting computers in the strangest of places have built what they are calling "Doom Piano" -- a piano that, well, plays Doom essentially.

The piano, being presented to the public today at the Virgin Media Game Space in London, has been put together by a group of industry veterans including VMGS organizer David Hayward, Polish dev Sos Sosowski, Die Gute Fabrik's George Buckenham and Honeyslug's Ricky Haggett.

Hayward explained on Twitter that they used a combination of copper tape and I-PAC keyboard encoders to allow the keys of the piano to interact with the computer inside, while a screen on the front of the piano displays the Doom action.

Each of the white keys represents a certain action, such as movement left and right, while the black keys are all used for shooting. One key in particular, which is partially broken and makes a thud noise when hit, can be used to open doors and throw switches.

Building game machines inside strange and wonderful objects has become a passion for a growing number of indie devs in recent months. At GDC Europe there were plenty of strange machines to play around with, including an arcade machine inside a suitcase.


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