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My new lane is watching people play music on Half-Life: Alyx's piano

April 03, 2020 1 min read

The internet is incredible but oftentimes predictable. For instance, as soon as I saw a hotel lobby piano in Half-Life: Alyx, I thought "Oh shit, people are gonna play real music on that." And they have. But just because it's predictable doesn't mean that watching them plunk away at virtual ebonies and ivories is any less fascinating.

Not all Alyx players will find themselves capable of playing the Northern Star's piano, and it has nothing to do with musical aptitude. It's really only possible on the Valve Index's controls because they individual finger tracking. Anyone on Oculus Touch or any of the other VR controllers will only be able to mash their fists against the keys. It doesn't sound great.

However, those with Index controllers are able to perform a virtual concerto. Let's take a look at some of the best. First, I would like to start with the maestro who took his time to perfect the beat:

My new lane is watching people play music on Half-Life: Alyx's piano screenshot

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