It's time to allow custom button remapping in all games

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Edit: now with Estonian subtitles!

Today on /r/gaming on Reddit this video has been getting massively upvoted, and for good reason: it's a video made by askacapper, a quadriplegic gamer, who is gathering signatures for a petition to make custom button remapping the norm. Sometimes button configurations can be changed, other times only a few layouts are offered, and not every layout meshes well with everyone. Individual gamers may also prefer to change button layouts for whatever reason. He wants the video to be reuploaded as much as possible but instead of just doing that I also added captions, and rephrased it a bit in order to make it easy for both Google and people to translate. Here it is with the slightly modified captions, and don't forget that the cc button needs to be red to display them:



If you feel like translating it into your language, just copy and paste the following, translate the English parts, send it to me, and I'll do the rest.

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Hello, internets. My name's Chuck, I'm also known as askacapper, and I'm a quadriplegic gamer.

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And I need your help.

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I've been doing the custom button remapping petition,

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and for that I'm asking gaming developers, instead of just shipping their games,

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which nowadays have four, five presets to choose from in the button configurations,

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to allow custom button remapping.

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Which is the ability to change the button layout to your preference.

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This is important because, as a disabled gamer,

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some button layouts for games that I buy can't be changed,

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thus I can't use the layouts, and I can't play the game.

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And it's just not enjoyable.

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So it really would help every disabled gamer if this is a standard feature in all games.

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And it would really just help any gamer in general who just doesn't like the standard buttons.

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Here's a little clip of me playing. This is just an example of horrible aim.

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People call me "only use me face" because that's how I roll (that's my method).

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I faceroll in real life.

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Here's what I will do: I will go to Pax East, the Penny Arcade Expo, in 30 days.

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I will go there, talk to all the developers in the place, explain the petition,

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I will bring the petition to them, show it to them, show them your comments,

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and I will explain the benefits to disabled gamers, and every gamer.

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because most gamers at one point or another want to change the buttons.

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So I have 24,000 - 25,000 signatures at the moment. Can we reach 30,000? Can we reach 40,000?

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Well, that depends on you guys, if you'd like to help.

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This also affects computer gamers. Garrett, a gamer in the UK,

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recently couldn't play Dead Space 2 because he couldn't remap the buttons.

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Even on a PC.

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And I will be talking to PC developers also.

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So to help you can download the video link below and upload it to your YouTube account,

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you can post it on Facebook, show the links to the petition to people,

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you can read the FAQ on my website to learn more,

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and we'll see how many signatures we can get.

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And remember, this will help every gamer.

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New gamers who are learning a game can pick up a control,

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and instead of you just telling them which button is jump and which button is shoot,

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you can ask them: what button do you prefer for jump, and for shoot?

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So that's why button remapping is simply a good idea for the video game industry,

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and for accessibility for disabled gamers.

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So thanks for your help, guys, I really appreciate it.

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It will really help everybody, and I thank you so much.

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So game on, gamers. Rock it.So game on, gamers. Rock it.

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