Hey you Dtoids,
Chuck the quadriplegic gamer who is doing the custom button remapping petition (it's going very well thank you for asking! We passed 7900 signatures). I'd love to get your thoughts on the following post that can be found in TREYARCHS forums. One thing I would like to say is that I'm very proud of Treyarch for even bringing this topic up for discussion in an often close minded industry.
My petition FAQ: http://www.AskACapper.com/petition
Pic of David 'Vahn' Vonderhaar
your actions speak louder than words!
The thread from which this spring click the link for the ridiculous and insightful!
In bits and pieces of these forums are some posts with regards to a controller configuration suggestions that work for gamers with disabilities.
Our lead MP programmer 'Yer' was just in my office asking me what we wanted to do here. The truth is I haven't had a lot of time to think about this. Like many people, I use the default controls and those work for me.
As you may know, the previous games have had NoM4d (which helps some folks because of the Toggle ADS) (ADDED BY ME: N0M4D LAYOUT WAS ONLY AVAILABLE XBOX)
and we added the Alternative Color Scheme option on the last game (which can help if you are color-blind).
Let me say right off the bat that it is not really in our scope to give you a mechanism that let's you completely map your own buttons and sticks to anything, everything, and whatever else.
One gamer suggested to me that he would be willing to live without certain features on his controller.
As a designer, I get consumed by the need to map features to buttons and it never occurred to me that a player with a particular disability would be willing to live without certain features on his control scheme in order to have more control over the things that were most important to him.
Please don't troll in this thread or I'm just going to ask the moderators to get medieval on you.
This is a thread for people who genuinely can't use any of the 4 basic button or layout combination because of a disability.
I make no promises. We just want to see if we can find some simple solutions that will make your experience better.
David 'Vahn' Vonderhaar
Okay so the following posts go on to Express users thanks and appreciation for their even thinking of this. But also some go on to express another POV.
Their fear that custom button remapping could be exploited (a.k.a. a certain layout giving the gamer an unfair advantage over others not using that layout)
what do you think? Do you think that this could be leveraged into something that would change the balance of the game (a.k.a. using stopping power because everybody else is using juggernaut you feel you have to)?
Now I am of the mind that this is the first step in a progression of steps necessary for custom button remapping to be adopted by companies. So I don't look at it as “they are not doing remapping so I'm angry” but more as at least I got them thinking.
Please feel free to hop into their forms and make a reply about how you feel.
RANDOM JOKE: A "friend" gave me a walkman for my birthday... Jerk! He knew I wanted the "Roll Man" instead.
Be excellent game on gamers!
Chuck the CAPper