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If your high frequency hearing hasn't been destroyed by your stint as a 1970's rock band groupie, there is an easy way to pick any lock in the Bethesda game Oblivion.

There are three tumbler speeds. As illustrated by the waveform overlay, the slow tumbler produces a distinct one-two pinging sound, whereas the fast tumblers squish the sounds together close enough for them to sound like a single sound.

The trick is to look away from the screen and click the mouse based solely on what you hear as you jiggle the lockpick. Click the mouse within 250ms of hearing that second ping to lock the tumbler in place every time.

Using this method, you can pick even the hardest locks without breaking any lockpicks.

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