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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Mysterious Artifact is now a video games controller

Video games Twitch streamer Rudeism, known for playing games with, well, weird controllers for nearly a decade, has perhaps outdone himself this time. He’s been playing Baldur’s Gate 3 with a custom-made, 3D-printed Mysterious Artifact, which is based on a key item and piece of lore within the smash-hit role-playing game.

As Rudeism (real name Dylan Beck, hailing from New Zealand) explains, the whole thing was “supposed to take a week or so” to develop, but when he committed to the bit, it ended up as a five-month project. Baldur’s Gate 3’s full launch was in August 2023.

“It’s not the most ergonomic controller I’ve ever made, but I definitely think it’s one of the most unique,” Beck says. “That’s what I aim for in my builds.”

What is the Mysterious Artifact?

In Baldur’s Gate 3, the Mysterious Artifact is critical to the main story. It resembles a 12-sided die players use in Dungeons & Dragons’ tabletop role-playing game. Rudeism’s controller has inputs for all of an Xbox gamepad’s buttons on each side; the analog stick movement comes from motion controls inside the Artifact.

Beck has played World of Warcraft (reaching level 100) with an old-school dancepad, Overwatch on a microwave oven (seriously), and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with a literal ocarina. A 33-year-old video games developer, he even took the ridiculous Fisher-Price gamepad toy for pre-schoolers and made into a working controller. He’s played other games using a bunch of bananas and a French baguette.

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Owen Good
Gaming Editor (US)

Owen Good is a 15-year veteran of video games writing, also covering pop culture and entertainment subjects for the likes of Kotaku and Polygon. He is a Gaming Editor for ReadWrite working from his home in North Carolina, the United States, joining this publication in April, 2024. Good is a 1995 graduate of North Carolina State University and a 2000 graduate of The Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, in New York. A second-generation newspaperman, Good's career before covering video games included daily newspaper stints in North Carolina; in upstate New York; in Washington, D.C., with the Associated Press; and…

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