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Broadened Horizons (GimpGear) has a very limited quantity (only 18) of the Super Robot Wars One-Handed Controllers in-stock New-In-Box! Perfect for individuals with full dexterity in one hand such as stroke or amputees. Get one before they are gone!
Help may be at hand. Geoff Harbach of LEPMIS is working on a new design of one-handed controller that will come in left and right handed style (see prototype photo above).
To help him design the best controller he cans - he needs to hear from the people that count. Those that would potentially use one...
Do you think the idea of the two joysticks, top and bottom is a good idea? You would control one with your thumb, and one on your leg / gripping surface (see the black and white image above).
Would you want "ALL" of the buttons of a conventional JoyPad controller?
If it is not possible to fit all the buttons into the hand-held controller - what switches or functions do you feel would be the most important to have easy access to?
Would you actually just prefer the "DragonPlus DuoCon2 RPG" style over the grip-stick prototype?
Please contact Geoff with any thoughts you have here: Geoff@LEPMIS.co.uk. It would be greatly appreciated.
Labels: Accessible Controllers
Using GameCube or Playstation controllers (via a Playstation 2 adapter) a huge range of alternative controllers can be used to play this game - including switches. At last! - but, please Nintendo - don't make this the exception! We need more games with this facility or you are cutting a lot of people out of the fun...
Via: Guardian Games
Labels: Accessible Controllers
Proceeds will support Robert to keep supporting the push for greater accessibility in gaming. You can purchase his DVD on-line at RobertFlorio.com. Great work, Robert!
"It's that time of the year again! Groups of game design students of the Utrecht School of the Arts have developed 13 small audio game prototypes! Try them out and let the developers know what you think in the forum! You can find all the experimental audio games, as well as many others from the previous years, in the Experimental Audio Games Section. Have fun!"
This is my favourite time of year for Audio Games. "Typing of the Deaf" sounds especially fun - although shouldn't it be "Typing of the Blind and Partially Sighted"? Not so catchy I guess!
Labels: Audio Games
We both had very different experiences. My brother would have the best time, returning with handfuls of silver coins and tales of winning against all odds. I would have the worst time, returning with the same number of copper coins as I began with and tales of being the biggest loser.
I couldn't reach to put the coins in the slot machines, the strength of my two arms was no match for the one armed bandit and even if I had won, I couldn't have retrieved my winnings. I tried other 'amusements' but I was no pinball wizard, didn't score with table football and never got to grips with the claw.
Years later, amusement arcades became video arcades and I hoped that the new virtual reality would be virtually accessible. I was still too young to learn to drive so I couldn't wait to try the car racing simulator. You paid your money to sit in a car seat, push on the pedals, and steer your way to victory. I transferred into the seat. The screen barked out instructions to hurry and a countdown began. I tried to drive but I couldn't; being a short arse, my feet didn't reach to put the pedal to the metal and with my crippy arms, grabbing the steering wheel was just a distant dream. There were no virtual car adaptions, no steering knobs and no hand controls. I was sitting in an inaccessability simulator."
Read the rest of Liz Carr's excellente column at Ouch!
Having used something like this before - it's likely this controller will best suit slower paced games - but none the less - this looks exciting.
An alternative mind controller is the Emotiv EPOC due in late 2008. Of historical note - Atari were working on something like this in 1984 with their "Mind Link", but never released it.
Via: Special Effect
"TIG Duels For Extraordinary Gentlemen" is a highly accessible duelling game for two one-switch gamers. Pick your head - pick your weapon (i.e. hit your switch/key of choice) - then let the battle commence!
If you don't have a ready opponent - it seems that it is also possible to duel on-line in an updated version of the game. Set up your computer for on-line play then pick a time for your duel across the internet against a friend/enemy!
Via: The Independent Gaming Source
Labels: One Switch Games