I came across a gamer called Askacapper (real name Chuck) who is a quadriplegic (someone who has a disability in all 4 of their limbs). He is a FPS gamer has a youtube channel with over 9000 subscribers, mentioned he has a 1.3 k/d in Black Ops which is better than the vast majority of able gamers. Anyway he created a petition to game developers to include remapping/ button customization feature in their games.
If you are wondering how he is able to play Black Ops check out this video, he explains why he needs your support also includes some footage of him playing Black Ops. It shows him using his chin for the left analog and his mouth for the shoulder buttons [media=youtube]7Tdm-04Z35c[/media]
This is his youtube channel, contains more footage of him playing xbox 360 and some clips from his “can’t stand up” comedy (very funny man) YouTube - askacapper’s Channel
Console fighting games like Street Fighter already include button remapping as standard, however FPS, driving, sport titles etc do not. Developers make presets controls for their games, and they probably put in a lot of effort coming up with these schemes but it would be far more advantageous for them to introduce the ability to customize the game controls.
This doesn’t just effect disabled gamers but it’s something all console gamers face when playing games. PC gamers have the option to customize their controls as standard. Console gamers should have the same option to map single controls to a button of their choice too.
So far there have been over 25600 signatures on his petition.
On a personal note I’m an abled gamer but I have trouble in Reach/MW2/Black Ops with the melee allocated to B. For those that played the beta game Crysis 2 being a much faster paced game turns this into a much bigger problem. Playing Halo I have found my game improved significantly by having my thumbs on the analog stick at all times and melee on the right shoulder. This allowed me to turn and punch at the same time however none of the remain buttons in the preset were where I’d would have liked them to be. In the end it took some of the fun out of the game.
Here is another video Chuck (askacapper) playing Gran Turismo a game that allows button mapping he manages to win a race! [media=youtube]IeejHDjtZEk[/media]
This petition isn’t just for disabled gamers, it’s for everyone that ever wanted to customize there controls, because they thought they could do a better job creating a control scheme or they wanted to transition from one game to another e.g Modern Warfare to Halo or vice versa.
Here is the petition link again: Video Game Custom Button Remapping Petition
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