How To: use a potato to play Skyrim, for some reason

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It’s not often that we read a “How To” on the internet that reads like a recipe book. Today we’ve been shown how to turn a potato into a vehicle to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Yeah, we don’t know either.

This is a creation by YouTube creator BOOM, LLC Robotater and comes with a handy video showing off some gameplay. You can see basic movement, inventory management, lock picking, combat and more… all done via input on a potato.

So, how was this done? Thanks to a tutorial posted on Steam Community, we know that the heart of the beast is a Makey Makey. This little maker board can turn anything that conducts electricity into an input. Here, the input is used for controls to play a game.

Our favourite part has to be the dead-pan writing of the guide, which has lines such as “You will need: At least 1 large potato (I [used] 3.)” and “OPTIONAL, BUT HELPFUL: A plate or somewhere else to put the potato”. We’re sad that it didn’t end with serving suggestions.


Read the full guide on the Steam Community

Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of