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Physically-Challenged Gamer Hacks Together Custom PS3 Controller

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the quick-get-a-patent dept.

PlayStation (Games) 50

Destructoid has a neat post about a gamer whose condition prevents him from using a standard video game controller. With the help of a company called GimpGear, which markets devices for people with limited mobility, he designed and built a custom input device that makes use of fingers, toes, and even sips or puffs of air to control his favorite games. Pictures and a video of the setup are both available in the post.

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bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25731409)

How long before "Physically-Challenged" becomes stigmatized and we have to find a new term?

Re:bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25731455)

I'm actually amazed a company dealing with "physically-challenged" people has managed to get away with calling itself "GimpGamers" to be honest, the PC crowd must be on holiday or something.

Re:bah (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732781)

I'm actually amazed a company dealing with "physically-challenged" people has managed to get away with calling itself "GimpGamers"

I'd be inclined to give them a pass: GIMP runs on a PS3; Photoshop doesn't.

Re:bah (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#25740609)

I know..my first though was...when did the term handicapped stop being "PC"?

Do we no longer have Handicapped parking spaces?

"GimpGear" FTW (4, Insightful)

Valacosa (863657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731477)

The best way to fight a derogatory term is to take it back. A group trying to run away from a word with negative connotations is simply running on a treadmill, each new euphemism becoming an insult in a few years. (e.g. Retarded -> Mentally Disabled -> Differently Abled etc.)

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25731509)

Is there any chance that this company name is evidence that this is a hoax?

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (5, Informative)

dosius (230542) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731511)

I actually prefer to refer to myself as "handicapped" rather than "disabled" - since handicap suggests a slight limitation, disabled suggests a total incapacitation.

I'm not the first person to say this either.

-uso.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (5, Interesting)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731605)

I know a person born with no arms who says she isn't handicapped or disabled, since she never had arms in the first place so didn't "lose" physical abilities, does everything (and I mean everything) with her feet, and knows no other way of doing things.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (4, Insightful)

Heian-794 (834234) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732325)

That's absolutely the right way to go about it.

I myself was born partially blind and am often asked by "normal" people if it's difficult to get through life. I have the irresistible urge to quote Hall-of-Fame Chicago Cubs pitcher Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown, who, when asked the same question regarding the disfiguring hand injury he sustained in a mining accident as a child, would reapond, "I wouldn't know. I've never tried it the other way."

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (1)

KindMind (897865) | more than 5 years ago | (#25734527)

That's absolutely the right way to go about it.

I totally agree. I was born with severe hearing loss in both ears. I'm not deaf, and so consider myself fortunate. But it's still a struggle, and I think attitude matters a lot.

... "I wouldn't know. I've never tried it the other way."

That's a great quote. I'm going to remember that one for when I get that kind of question. Thanks - you made my day.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#25741857)

I absolutely agree. See when I was born the mid-wife pulled too hard on my head and it came off. Fortunately part of my brain remained attached to the rest of my body so I was able to survive.

Over the years people kept asking me how difficult it is to live without a head and just enough of a brain to breath and swallow food. To which I would reply, "I don't know, I've never gave it much of a thought."

Is her name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25733449)

!Andy?

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25734933)

Yeah, I know a man with no arms and no legs that floats in a pool. His name is Bob.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732083)

Agreed. I'm blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. But you don't notice it unless you've had a chance to talk to me. So I usually use the word "impaired" for hearing and "partially blind" to describe the other.

And it's such a gray area, too. Do I need assistance? How do I know?

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (5, Interesting)

wild_quinine (998562) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731557)

The best way to fight a derogatory term is to take it back. A group trying to run away from a word with negative connotations is simply running on a treadmill, each new euphemism becoming an insult in a few years. (e.g. Retarded -> Mentally Disabled -> Differently Abled etc.)

My brother is severely physically disabled (oh no! that's the not the politcally correct way of saying it any more!) and playing online video games has given him a freedom and confidence I've never seen in him. When he gets on teamspeak, he's just one more of the guys. He's not the greatest gameplayer in the world, but he doesn't let the side down in a five man instance, for example.

He doesn't play on Xbox Live! though. In his words 'Those guys are retards'.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (3, Funny)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732399)

"In his words 'Those guys are retards'."

No, they are differently abled.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732763)

"In his words 'Those guys are retards'."

No, they are differently abled.

Xbox Live? Nope they may actually be retards.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25733073)

I'm a giant, so technically as retarded physically as someone with an extra ear/arm.. BUT I did find the PS3 controller would of been better suited if I had tiny flippers instead of huge man hands.

The 360 is the only way I can play consoles with my big hands.. the ps3 was blatantly made for tiny little girl hands (I blame the maker - but do I mean Sony or God?).

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (1)

Scherf (609224) | more than 5 years ago | (#25734805)

Out of curiosity: What's the definition of a "Giant"? I mean, are you just a really big guy?

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737841)

Out of curiosity: What's the definition of a "Giant"? I mean, are you just a really big guy?

No, you're vertically differently abled.

This could mess one of my favorite movies (1)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731631)

Zed: Bring out the Gimp.

Maynard: Gimp's playing in his PS3.

Zed: Well, I guess you're gonna have to call him now, won't you?

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (1)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732983)

The best way to fight a derogatory term is to take it back. A group trying to run away from a word with negative connotations is simply running on a treadmill, each new euphemism becoming an insult in a few years. (e.g. Retarded -> Mentally Disabled -> Differently Abled etc.)

On the other hand, for each derogatory term that a group reclaims, a new pejorative will be coined to take its place. If you're proud to be a Gimp, they'll start calling you a Feeb.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25755875)

Did you just call me a Feeb?

DID YOU, JUST CALL ME, A FEEB?

Oh, thank you, i take that as a compliment.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (1)

JoshJ (1009085) | more than 5 years ago | (#25734013)

I've got a friend who follows the disabled-awareness movement (for lack of a better term) and there's a surprising amount of them who use the term gimp.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25734247)

I will admit, it does sound a bit... unsympathetic as far as marketability goes. But hey, if I were in his situation, I'd take any solution and couldn't care less about the name of the company.

Re:"GimpGear" FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25736671)

I have to call BS on this. It is not the BEST way, it is simply one way. Some words are simply too harmful and painful to reclaim. The reason that your treadmill runs is not because the words change, but because the societal intolerance behind them does not.

Instead of telling people to just suck it up and enjoy being called names, why don't you work to help end some of the stigma that makes the words powerful.

How? (2, Interesting)

skirmish666 (1287122) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731541)

I'm impressed and confused that someone who can't hold a PS3 controller managed to build a custom input device.

Re:How? (1)

neumayr (819083) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732003)

Well yes, there are those that argue that games have become too complicated nowadays.
Seems they might be on to something there..

Re:How? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732093)

I'm impressed and confused that someone who can't hold a PS3 controller managed to build a custom input device.

Skirmish.... You are a moron that obviously can't read! He had the help from two companies. You must be an American.......

True inspiration (1)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731597)

"Since 1986 I have lived for gaming and will continue to do so for eternity."

What can I say? This brings tears to my eyes.

Whatever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25731791)

I could still totally kick this guy's ass in Tony Hawk.

-Jim Bastard

Re:Whatever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25734205)

yea and I could kick his ass in real life.

Yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732081)

Wake me up when he's built himself some legs.

Gotta love how being disabled automatically makes everything you do amazing and inspiring.

Re:Yawn... (3, Insightful)

Amouth (879122) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732451)

"Gotta love how being disabled automatically makes everything you do amazing and inspiring."

That is because it is amazing and inspiring - if you have ever worked one on one with disabled children - and seen them struggle on the simplest of concepts - when they findly get it it is inspiring - but when they go past that and do something you had never even considered them able to do - that is amazing and truley inspiring.

your comment as a lack of compassion - till you have any understanding what these peoples lives are like do not by any means put them down for anything they do or can't do - instead just keep quite and move along

Re:Yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25735283)

You'll get yours eventually, coward. Pieces of shit like you don't get a free pass forever. You will mouth-off at the wrong person one day and it will be your last time. Then we'll all make snide remarks about the comical albeit tragic method of your demise.

Re:Yawn... (1)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736769)

Or maybe just at the fact that he now has to play Tony Hawk by modulating his breathing through a straw. :P

Re:Yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25739851)

All aboard the drama llama.

Truly inspiring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25733075)

Handicapped gamer finds a way to waste his life on video games despite the odds!

Re:Truly inspiring (1)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736807)

As opposed to all the other, more useful stuff he could be doing, like... um... theorizing about black hole physics? If this guy can have some fun for once in his life then good on him!

I am disabled too. (2, Informative)

antdude (79039) | more than 5 years ago | (#25734713)

For me, I play computer games since I like big clicky keyboards and mice. I used to own an Atari 2600 and their joysticks were simple. I can't use the newer game consoles' controllers very well, including the normal ones from NES'. I have no thumbs and only four fingers. I have to have support to hold my controllers in order to play.

Re:I am disabled too. (1)

corky842 (728932) | more than 5 years ago | (#25747659)

Have you seen BenHeck's new controllers? [edimensional.com] Even though there's five modules, you probably would only have to use four at once (at most) since the d-pad isn't used at the same time as the analog sticks in nearly every game.

Re:I am disabled too. (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 5 years ago | (#25747909)

It asked me to login. :(

Re:I am disabled too. (1)

corky842 (728932) | more than 5 years ago | (#25748231)

Try their homepage here: http://www.edimensional.com [edimensional.com] It should be the first thing listed under 'game controllers'.

Nintendo did this in the 80s. (1)

PyroMosh (287149) | more than 5 years ago | (#25735079)

Obviously it doesn't have the cool-factor of a lone hacker putting something together like this, but Nintendo offered a similar device for the NES in the late 80s called the Nintendo Hands Free Controller (HFC) [nesplayer.com] .

I seem to remember reading about it at the time (though I can't verify) that Nintendo also worked with the Starlight Foundation to distribute the devices to hospitals as well.

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