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Modders are playing Trombone Champ with trombones

After writing about Trombone Champ in VR yesterday, modders are coming full circle and making my dreams come true.

People share their attempts to play Trombone Champ with trombones.

Custom made trombones? Check. A real brass trombone? Check.

Trombone Champ: Release Date Trailer.

Modder and streamer Rudeism is no stranger to playing games with unconventional controllers. He previously played Elden Ring with a Fisher Price controller, Sifu with punch motion controls, and played through Dark Souls 3 using a button and Morser code.

In a caliber similar to his Untitled Goose Game goose controls, Rudeism has created a trombone controller for Trombone Champ. The trombone is a plastic one bought online as the 3D printing was taking too long.

He posted a log of the driver development on Twitter, culminating in a video of him trying it out with Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, and I have to say his attempt isn’t too bad.

I appreciate how hard it is to play brass, which Rudesim fully demonstrated about a minute into the track.

The trombone is controlled by movement and breath, and Rudeism manages to move the slide pretty precisely all things considered. He wasn’t able to use the full range of the slide due to the limitations of the ultrasonic sensor that measures his position, but Rudeism said he has ideas on how to improve the range for his next iteration.

In what I think is the ultimate controller for this game, YouTuber Hung Truong uploaded a video showing off his take on a metal trombone controller.

I made a Trombone Champ controller from a real trombone!

Truong used a smaller soprano trombone and attached sensors so the controls mapped the same way Rudeism did. Truong’s results, however, weren’t as successful, which he attributed to buying a $7 flight sensor instead of something better quality.

Truong didn’t gasp as he played, thanks to his experience as a trumpet player, but you can see the concentration on his face as he tried to deal with the controller’s erratic movements.

The next step, I guess, would be to get slip positions to accurately map to in-game note positions, though I’m not sure how feasible that would be for modders. For now, I’m delighted to see that Rudeism and Truong’s trombollers (trombone controllers) actually had pretty decent levels of success.


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