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    Reddit helps a quadriplegic gamer play SimCity


    Haljackey

    A gamer no longer has to worry about his disability preventing him from terrorizing his own metropolis with an alien invasion.

    When redditor joey6957 became interested in SimCity, he quickly discovered that his physical disadvantages were keeping him from its full potential.

    He explained in a post on r/SimCity how his mouth-controlled device limits his ability to execute multiple commands:

    When you put a road on the map you use the mouse clicker & hold it while determining where to put the road & at the same time you press the N key or M key to lower or raise the the road. When i lay a road down i use my

    which the device only allows you to do '1 thing at a time.' In other words I cant press the N key or M key on the on screen keyboard while laying a road.

    Redditor ProcsKalone immediately jumped to the rescue. With a passing knowledge of Autoit, an automation language program, he got to work on a code that "sends the 'n' or 'm' key every 1 second to SimCity," thus eliminating the need to do so manually. After programming several other keyboard functions, tweaking the command that switches the automation on and off, he submitted the link to joey6957.

    “[You’re] a genius it works perfectly!” he wrote. “I hope I didn't keep you up trying to get this working for me. Thanks a lot for the help buddy!”

    ProcsKalone's generosity touched fellow redditors as well.

    “I'm sure you're getting a heavy dose of PMs right now since this post of yours went on /r/bestof,” greenblaster wrote, “but I wanted to say that you're an awesome person for putting so much effort into helping a stranger while having nothing to gain.”

    "I love happy endings," CryoGuy added.

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    Invaderrjl123

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    Good Guy, he could of just insulted him on reddit like most members over there, but he actually choose to HELP him. Really Help him. Good for the kid. 

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    Ro-Bo

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    "I love happy endings"

     

    Happy endings; my favourite endings.

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    jaredh

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    Great story.  Thanks for linking this.  

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    wozzar

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    That is one thing that really annoys me about developers they never think about how disabled people may have trouble playing the games.  the devs must think it is only non disabled people that play video games.

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    Haljackey

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    That is one thing that really annoys me about developers they never think about how disabled people may have trouble playing the games.  the devs must think it is only non disabled people that play video games.

     

    SC13 actually has visual modes for the colour blind, so at least that's a start.

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    Superbacon

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    That is one thing that really annoys me about developers they never think about how disabled people may have trouble playing the games.  the devs must think it is only non disabled people that play video games.

     

    SC13 actually has visual modes for the colour blind, so at least that's a start.

     

     

    I think EA has done that for all their games as of late. Battlefield 3 has a mode visual mode for colorblind folks.

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    froelich131

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    That is one thing that really annoys me about developers they never think about how disabled people may have trouble playing the games.  the devs must think it is only non disabled people that play video games.

     

    I don't think that's the case. You have to think of it differently, one that makes companies seem bad when they're really not that bad.

    They're given a certain amount of time to develop a game, with a certain number of developers. With that they are given a criteria for said game. That being said, they prioritize features according to criteria and ease of development.

    I'm 100% certain that developing things to make disabled people play easier would be very difficult because there are many unique disabilities that one fix won't work for, and the game is designed to play a specific way. So all in all I would say it's not necessarily that they don't think of the disabled, it's more that they simply don't have the scope to make it so every disabled person can play.

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    wozzar

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    That is one thing that really annoys me about developers they never think about how disabled people may have trouble playing the games.  the devs must think it is only non disabled people that play video games.

     

    I don't think that's the case. You have to think of it differently, one that makes companies seem bad when they're really not that bad.

    They're given a certain amount of time to develop a game, with a certain number of developers. With that they are given a criteria for said game. That being said, they prioritize features according to criteria and ease of development.

    I'm 100% certain that developing things to make disabled people play easier would be very difficult because there are many unique disabilities that one fix won't work for, and the game is designed to play a specific way. So all in all I would say it's not necessarily that they don't think of the disabled, it's more that they simply don't have the scope to make it so every disabled person can play.

     

    Sim City is alright to play with one hand but there are some games where the devs wont allow you to bind keys like the arrow keys and for me this is a real big problem in certain games like Scarface where i cant play the game.

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    Ernestmaxis

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    "I love happy endings"

     

    Happy endings; my favourite endings.

    What are you meaning with the happy ending? :P

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