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Ask Slashdot: Gaming With Only One Hand?

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the obvious-witticisms-are-obvious dept.

Input Devices 221

Hork_Monkey writes "I recently sustained a severe injury to one of my arms, and am lucky not to be an amputee. I'm an avid gamer (primarily PC, but also XBox) and looking for advice one how to adapt to the challenge now presented of enjoying one of my favorite pastimes. My google-fu has led me to some devices and tips, but I wanted to tap the collective while experimenting. I know there have to be some readers in similar positions who could provide some guidance. I'm figuring a few things out, and also hope to share what I find for others in a similar situation."

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Masturbation (4, Funny)

SquarePixel (1851068) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422585)

It's the most fun a guy can have with one hand.

Re:Masturbation (0, Offtopic)

superflit (1193931) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422599)

The *severe* injury was the cause....
hard core pr0n...

Re:Masturbation (4, Insightful)

Known Nutter (988758) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422699)

You missed this part:

"from the obvious-witticisms-are-obvious dept."

Re:Masturbation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423359)

Here's the solution to all your problems. []

Re:Masturbation (4, Funny)

dadioflex (854298) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423415)

Meh. Fleshlight plus internet porn requires two hands. Sure, you could compromise. But if you're going to do that you may as well try dating.

Gaming with one hand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422587)

You've come to the right place

Re:Gaming with one hand (1)

durrr (1316311) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422839)

Actually, the games most fit for playing with one hand usually demand the other for 'metagame activity', so to actually enjoy the game with only one hand he'd better learn to play with his toes.

Let the jokes begin! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422597)

Dude, step away from the porn...

Good place to ask... (5, Funny)

synir (731266) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422609)

Well, Slashdot is a good authority in one-handed computer use.

Re:Good place to ask... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422705)

I like to masturbate in front of the computer. Would you like to Skype?

Re:Good place to ask... (1)

dadioflex (854298) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423435)

Skype? How retro. Chatroulette is on it.

"...Tap the collective while experimenting" (2)

bosef1 (208943) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422779)

Is _that_ what the kids are calling it these days?

Re:Good place to ask... (1)

Omnifarious (11933) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422969)

Yes, I thought perhaps that the OP was trying to come up with a convincing cover story for wanting to play the hot coffee mod on GTA.

Learn to use your feet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422615)

Gaming isn't made for one handers, srry.

Re:Learn to use your feet (4, Insightful)

Aranykai (1053846) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422679)

You would be surprised how well a foot pedal rig can work for gaming. If you still have use of your mousing hand, pedals can easily handle the movement function of the keyboard hand. Just get yourself a mouse with a few extra buttons and you're set.

Re:Learn to use your feet (5, Interesting)

elfprince13 (1521333) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422843)

Actually, I think this [] is probably the only thing that needs to be posted in response to this question.

Re:Learn to use your feet (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423013)

I was going to mention vVv Spectral, the quadriplegic pro-Starcraft player, but this guy is even more impressive.

Re:Learn to use your feet (3, Interesting)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422943)

Second that. I knew a guy who had no use in his hands, but managed to use standard controllers with his feet. It was amazing to watch. I guess you'd have to increase the dexterity of your feet a lot before you got to that point.

Re:Learn to use your feet (3, Informative)

kthreadd (1558445) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423209)

Gaming isn't made for one handers, srry.

This guy does a fairly good job with just one thumb. []

Why use any hands? (4, Interesting)

decibel.places (1753472) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422619)

Emotiv technology lets you game hands free (someday) []

All in one inputs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422621)

I think it mainly depends on what types of gaming you got into before. And depends which arm was injured. Perhaps there would be ways to bind actions to a gaming mouse and have movement and controls on one pad/input device. That's as far as PC. I'm not aware too well of ways to modify xbox controller inputs or the like.

An idea (5, Interesting)

wbr1 (2538558) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422631)

First, sorry for your injury. I know little about electronic gaming with injuries and I wish you luck with it. But you may want to consider pen and paper and/or board gaming a a well. With the right group it can be great.

Re:An idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422707)

This is EXACTLY what I came here to say as well. If you haven't looked lately, board games are a LOT more than Candy Land, Monopoly, and Risk nowadays. Check out

Re:An idea (1)

dadioflex (854298) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422863)

Nothing to add, but what a great idea. In fact it's advice I should probably take.

Might want to try a supermouse (5, Interesting)

PPalmgren (1009823) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422667)

Given PC gaming, pure keyboard play is difficult as is switching, unless you're playing something like Civ V. A lot of people who play MMOs have these supermice with 10 keys on them and that's probably going to be your best bet.

For example, []

Re:Might want to try a supermouse (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422739)

I've gotten a lot more mileage out of the Logitech version than the Razers. The 12 thumb buttons are broken up into two distinct sets of six. It's not visibly all that significant but for keeping track physically of what button you're about to push I've found it invaluable. The Razers have the 12 button set as a single flat bay which makes it difficult for me to tell on the inner buttons which exact one I'm about to push unless I'm keeping very careful track of where my thumb is.

You'd have to be pretty creative with your key assignments for certain games, but in many cases it wouldn't be rough. Map out your WASD to you 10, 12, 13, 14 keys and suddenly the upper bay of keys has your movement keys as a part of it, leaving you 8 other function keys. There's a third button off to the right of the LMB and RMB which acts as a modifier if you really need to map a lot of keys to the mouse.

peripherals (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422669)

If your right arm is good you could try a setup like this

Razer naga:
Logitech G600:

Foot pedals:

Also, some games don't allow it but you can also simplify your controls using autohotkey.

Re:peripherals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423137)

In my opinion using a mouse is one of the easiest things to switch between the two hands. Years ago I started getting pains in my right wrist, so I switched the mouse to my left hand and within a day I was just as productive as before. Now I periodically switch the mouse between my two hands just to avoid over-stressing one over the other.

Re:peripherals (1)

Hork_Monkey (580728) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423639)

Right arm is good (and i'm right handed). I might have a look at foot pedals, as they seem interesting, regardless of the injury.

Thanks for the info.

Razed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422681)

You could get the MMO razer mouse with a bunch of side buttons

Possibilities (5, Informative)

werewolf1031 (869837) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422689)

Without knowing which arm has been disabled, it's tough to offer specific advice, so I'll just shotgun some ideas here.

First, assuming you can still use a right-handed mouse, might I suggest the Logitech G600. It's got tons of buttons, which assuming your right arm is the functional one, can help fill in a lot of gaps with some creative mouse button configuration. And before anyone cries foul, yes, it IS superior to the Naga which it obviously borrows its design from; I own and have thoroughly used both. The G600's software is also superior.

For left-handed use, either the Razer Nostromo or Logitech G13 gamepads. I have both, and while Logitech's offering has a lot more extra buttons, I find the Nos to be generally more useful with its scroll wheel and more ergonomic feel, while the G13's advantages are more buttons and a true anolog stick (though in a very awkward position, unlike the Nos' more comfortable d-pad). The Nos also has an adjustable palm rest unlike the G13.

Those are off the top of my head, and granted are only mainstream devices and not anything specifically made for the disabled, but I hope I've helped, or at least given a direction to pursue further. Best of luck with the gaming! :)

Re:Possibilities (1)

jittles (1613415) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423097)

How serious is the injury? Can you use your fingers on that arm at all? I've had surgery on both shoulders and have had my arms immobilized for 6 weeks both times. I've found that most computer games are tricky with your arm in a sling. However it's not too bad to use gaming controllers with it tight against your chest. However if you have lost all use of your hand then these mice listed above are your best bet. I can use most mice with either hand, though the multi button gaming mice are a bit awkward with the opposite hand. You might also want to get an X-box with Kinnect. You should be able to play most of those games. They may not be as hardcore as what you'd like, but they make great party games, so you can use the sympathy factor to get girls to come play just dance with you.

Ask Slashdot users aren't replying. (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423511)

It's not clear he's even reading this. At that point, we're talking to each other, few of which need our advice we're offering. I suddenly caught on to that in one of the last Ask Slashdots, the one about freelancing IT. The Asker never appeared in the thread. Hork_Monkey hasn't yet appeared in this one either.

(Dice company, what if you made a rule that the Ask Slashdot submitter has to reply to his thread?)

Re: Ask Slashdot users aren't replying. (4, Funny)

Hork_Monkey (580728) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423619)

Dude- I stepped away from the computer for a few hours.

I am reading it, and I appreciate the feedback so far. In case you haven't read, it's a little hard for me to type so I can't respond to everything.

Wii one handers or racing (2)

arestrash (1250250) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422691)

The are some pretty good wii games that you can play with one hand, like Umbrella Chronicles. The game walks for you and you basically have to shoot everything. There are a lot o point and click also. You can buy a driving wheel, you will use your feets to press the pedals and drive like a "gangstah" with one hand... good thing you will practice for real driving with one hand.

Re:Wii one handers or racing (1)

menkhaura (103150) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423687)

Wii... single-handed... hehehe... whole new meaning for "playing with Wii"

Many button mouse and keyboard on floor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422693)

My solution when I wrecked my arm (luckily not my dominant) was to find a comfortable mouse with as many buttons as possible and plunk a second keyboard on the floor. The reason I used a second one was because when I was typing normally I would use my right hand which you can get quite fast at with one hand, and when playing games I would use the ctrl/alt/space bar (need to disable/rip off the windows button) for additional buttons. I would also use the numpad -+enter on my upper keyboard with my thumb.

For me it only lasted about 4 months but it worked well. Who knows if something similar may work for you.

As for the mouse, I used a Logitech MX Revolution predecessor (can't recall the name but there were more mappable buttons, and I remapped the side wheel/scroll clutch/left/right tilt/etc as buttons).

Re:Many button mouse and keyboard on floor (1)

Hork_Monkey (580728) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423665)

The second keyboard on the floor is a really interesting idea. Anything to help speed things up (and hit the routine keys) will be a good help. That is the type of tip I was looking for!

Thanks again!

Next Level (1)

debilo (612116) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422695)

I've gotten so good at one-handed gaming that I'm ready to move on to free-handed gaming in a month or two.

Feet (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422701)

I don't know much about disabilities but there are pedals for car games or amps that you should be able to reprogram for fpses.

The Twiddler! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422733)

Takes a while to get used to, but I've comfortably managed 45+ wpm on one!

Choose a different avocation (-1, Flamebait)

NEDHead (1651195) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422741)

Hawking does cosmology with one eyeball, and you are stuck on one-handed gaming? Try ping pong, or darts.

Re:Choose a different avocation (4, Informative)

werewolf1031 (869837) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422811)

Hawking does cosmology with one eyeball, and you are stuck on one-handed gaming? Try ping pong, or darts.

Oh for... seriously?!

"N does X with Y, and you are stuck with Z? Try A or B."

I'm nearly 100% positive there's a logical fallacy in there somewhere, I just can't put my finger on it. Also, you're an ass.

Re:Choose a different avocation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423313)

You got it all wrong. It was more like: "H does C with 1E, and you are stuck with 1H_G? Try P or D".

Re:Choose a different avocation (1)

dadioflex (854298) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423447)

N and X and Y and Z and A and B? Slow down Captain Alphabet, we're not all mathemagicians.

Re:Choose a different avocation (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422829)

Hawking does cosmology with one eyeball, and you are stuck on one-handed gaming? Try ping pong, or darts.

Tell you what, how about we chop off one of your arms--you even get to choose which one--and we'll see if you maintain that attitude.

Re:Choose a different avocation (1)

dadioflex (854298) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423481)

I've been on the Internet a while. Back when it was the tenner-a-month club. You need to release your anger. Huh, what now? Yeah. You feel anger, then you let it go. It flies up and plugs holes in the ozone. Or rapes angels. Somesuch whatever. When a bad person makes you give in to a bad impulse, only badness wins. Now this may seem alien to you but once you realise that you can be as passive-aggressive sanctimonious as you desire in your forgiveness it opens up whole new avenues of creative vitriol.

Re:Choose a different avocation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423135)

You're a complete idiot.

Breathing games here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422745)

We have designed breathing gaming technology, welcome:

Foot controls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422761)

If you can teach yourself the control consider foot controls, maybe a gas pedal, airplane rudders, or even a trackball.

One word: (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422765)


yeah that sucks (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422773)

Some strategy and RPG games are turn-based or real-time-with-pause, that's how I passed the time when I wrecked my arm.

Breathing Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422777)

Hi! We have designed gaming technology which incorporates healthy breathing, welcome:

change genre of games you play (1)

postmortem (906676) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422793)

Play turn based strategies and adventures. Most of them need just mouse or keyboard. You can use both with one hand - one at a time.

Good luck (4, Informative)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422807)

A few years ago a friend got into a wicked car accident and one of her injuries was a badly messed up left hand.

A week or two after coming back from the hospital, she ended up MacGyvering her keyboard with guide rails and attaching a pen to a glove to press the keys.

After a couple weeks of trying to play Quake and Left 4 Dead she concluded her days of twitch shooters were over, but she still managed fairly well with slower paced games.

Good luck!

Mouse buttons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422813)

I did a long, long stint in WoW, and one of the things I picked up was a Razer Naga. Mice with lots of buttons allow you to game with one hand. As far as I know, all the MMO mice on the market are right-handed, so if you've lost the use of your right, you're out of luck.

I've adapted to using almost entirely the naga for PC gaming that's not controller-oriented. I tend to use modifier keys (alt/control/shift) and arrows keys for movement, so I wasn't entirely playing one-handed most of the time, but if you do have your right arm, I'd reccoment getting an MMO mouse to put a large number of buttons under your thumb without robbing you of mouse control. Look into using your feet to hit modifier keys to increase the number of buttons you have total, and in genreal, look at using macros to increase your performance.

Ben Heck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422815)

Check out he's made custom one handed controllers.

Mouse (1)

LocoMosquito (1767862) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422827)

A mouse with many extra buttons, four for directions (thumb), mouse-look -aim, left-attack-fire, right-jump, middle-zoom. Extra few for reload, journal, interact and other important commands.

Ben Heck (4, Interesting)

ryzvonusef (1151717) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422831)

Re:Ben Heck (4, Informative)

Purity Of Essence (1007601) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423385)

Yup, watch that episode of TBHS and post in his corner of the element14 forums for more advice. He and other gaming accessibility minds frequent it. []

You should also make your way over to AbleGamers. []

I broke my wrist a week before summer vacation... (1)

aurashift (2037038) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422833) fourth grade. I couldn't really use my right hand much due to the obtrusiveness of the cast, so I didn't.

Using only my left hand with either a standard or a turbo SNES controller I beat Super Metroid in about 9 hours (Yes that's somewhat of a long time, but it was my first playthrough)

I'm STILL proud of that today. I think you need to look at what areas you can simplify the use of the controller, and perhaps change up a few games if your arm isn't usable.

poker (1, Insightful)

bhlowe (1803290) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422845)

If you need to waste hours in front of a screen, try online poker.. Addictive possibly worse for you. Or you could work on your tan, learn to ski, hike, swim, meet women, socialize.. maybe even work on job skills or start a business. (I really don't recommend the poker.)

Two keyboards; foot pedals (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422857)

Do you have use of your hand, but not your arm? Something I discovered when I broke my arm is that you can plug in a small second keyboard. Place it just so for the injured arm. Personally, I was a little surprised that worked just like you'd expect on Windows.

There are also a variety of foot pedals and simple foot keyboards available on Google.

Sorry to hear about your troubles - best of luck!

PS3 Navigation Move Controller (1)

islisis (589694) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422867)

Pairs with other controllers well obviously, but good controller alone [] . Should be usable with most DualShock drivers.

Its mostly about the mouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422885)

I found the Razor Naga very handy ( as it has enough buttons to do 90% of the common tasks in games. Takes a bit of getting used to; took me a solid two weeks to truly get used to it. As a further note, it has basic macro recording abilities.

If you can use one finger reliably you could get away with a mouse like the Naga.

But if you're an avid gamer I'd get at least two foot petals for strafing regardless. Holding down a mouse button to strafe right, aim and shoot is quite tricky.

Better luck (and answers) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422893)

You'd have far better luck getting more answers on Reddit than here.

Slashdot has become a has-been when it comes to information sharing in a timely manner.

Re:Better luck (and answers) (1)

plover (150551) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423405)

Seriously? You had to scroll down past how many valid answers to the guy's question to post this stupidity?

Please, please, click the button in the corner of your screen that closes the browser, and go drinking alone in a bar. At least that's where bitter, sad people like you have traditionally wasted their remaining days.

A fair number of options (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422895)

Off the top of my head I can recommend a few things.

1. Racing games with a steering wheel and peddles. You can steer with one hand, set the game to automatically shift for you and let your feet do the rest.

2. Point-n-click adventure games.

3. Any board or card simulation. This might be a good time to take up Tetris, chess, Monopoly, poker, etc.

4. Role playing games. Some friends, some dice, some paper. Godo way to pass the time.

5. If you're into classic old school games see if you can find a MUD or Zork or something like that.

6. Some Wii games I think can be handled pretty well with just one hand and the Wiimote.

On Slashdot.... (2)

andrewa (18630) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422899)

I'm pleasantly surprised there were some comments that didn't involve hints about masturbation...

Gaming with one hand.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41422901)

Without understanding the full extent of your injuries I would have to say the start is to try and do everything with one hand(on some games that is nigh impossible) There are many gaming devices that can bring all of this within the scope of one able hand.

Companies like Infogrip have solutions for using what you have to the fullest extent. The solutions out there are many but most seem to revolve around one of two concepts. getting the most out of one functioning limb(The B.A.T. one handed keyboard) or bringing the oft neglected limbs in to play. Foot switches and even foot mice can be had. Sip puff switches and eye trackers are out far do you wish to go?

Accessibility Community and Resources (5, Interesting)

QuantumMist (2463834) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422905)

The field you want, in general, is called accessibility. I tell you that so it can help your Google and other searches. I encourage you to reach out to the organizations listed on this Wikipedia page. I know some of them personally as I'm blind and a PhD student in computer science and an accessibility researcher, so I'll be more than happy to perform introductions on LinkedIn, email, twitter, whatever you like, just let me know. Here's the Wikipedia page listing some organizations. I'd start with Able Gamers. Mark's a good guy. [] Next, I'd encourage you to get on twitter, if that's possible. I can connect you to tons of folks to cover everything from one handed typing approaches (both paid and open source solutions), speech input alternatives, strategies developed by other users of technology with the use of only one hand, and so forth. I'm @SinaBahram on there. Just drop me a line. Btw, the accessibility community often goes by the numerical acronym A11Y, so look for #A11Y or just a11y when Googling around, and that can help some of your searches as well. Sorry if this post is a bit disjoint. I would love to leave more comments on Slashdot and interact with it more, but Slashdot has repeatedly ignored my various emails and other attempts to reach out to them, since I use a screen reader and there are some serious accessibility issues that could so easily be fixed if I could just get ahold of the right person *poke poke to anyone who reads this*. To you or anybody else looking for more information on accessibility, technology used by folks with disabilities, etc., just contact me via whatever mechanism you like. It's all on my site, which I'm not sure my profile links to, so here it is. I hope this helps, and please don't' hesitate to contact me so we can get you connected to the right folks to get you gaming again.

One handed controller -- for PS3 (3, Informative)

Karlt1 (231423) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422935)

I ordered this, but haven't quite got the hang of using it yet and it's only for the PS3. []

Re:One handed controller -- for PS3 (1)

Copperhamster (1031604) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423369)

There are ps3-usb-pc controller adapters.

Have a friend with a paralyzed arm (4, Informative)

arikol (728226) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422973)

A good friend of mine has the same problem, one arm paralyzed. He has a good quality gaming mouse with a suitable amount of programmable buttons, a Razer Naga.
He's also thought about a footswitch (or multiple) but hasn't tried that yet. He plays FPS with alarming accuracy and skill, having bound buttons for moving forward, strafing, and doing all major tasks. He cannot go backwards (on his current setup) but that really doesn't seem to affect his gameplay much.
He previously had a Logitech gaming mouse, and bought the Razer more because it looks good than anything else (well, one or two extra buttons and nice ergonomics for his hand). He was a leftie, and lost use of his left arm, so is gaming with his weaker hand now. It's possible with any good programmable mouse!

Good luck on continuing gaming, and rest assured that it can be done insanely well!

Not even (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 2 years ago | (#41422985)

> Ask Slashdot: Gaming With Only One Hand?

More importantly, you should ask how to surf with zero hands.

razer naga hex? (2)

chris200x9 (2591231) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423007)

I had a stroke and only have had use of 1 hand for about 14 years now. I used to game with a regular 2 button mouse but recently got a razer naga hex and it's probably the best mouse for me [] it takes some getting used to though I use 2 not left click for shooting as it's much easier to have your index finger on the top forward and backwards buttons and just hit 2 with your thumb. The other buttons can be used to crouch, run, jump, etc. and are fairly easy to press with your thumb also. I'm mainly talking about first person shooters here as it's what I play most, but I heard it's a great MMO mouse too. If you want to use a regular two (3?) button mouse my only advice is have pushing button 3 (the scroll wheel) move you forward and left button shoot with right reloading. I hope I helped, feel free to ask me anything if I made this confusing or if you just want to know more.

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423045)

Try Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, everyone plays that one with just one hand anyways.

But seriously, point and click adventures almost never require more than one hand for mouse use.

Play PC games using Tazti Speech Recognition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423067)

There is a great speech recognition program named Tazti Speech Recognition software - that is built to play PC games by voice. I play Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Rift, Portal and many other games using tazti. You can create your own game profile for a game. It's like creating a keybinding to a speech command. So when you say the speech command... It's as if you are clicking the keys. So as example... if i want to set up a speech command for dancing in warcraft I assign the keys /dance then the Enter key as a macro in tazti assigning it to the words "dance fever". then when I say "dance fever" my character dances in the game... Your speech commands can be any words you want.

tazti also includes a sharing interface where you can download game profiles other people have created and shared. As well you can share your profile so other players can download it into their tazti install.

I often will create a game profile with a few commands that are difficult to reach on my keyboard and then I run tazti at same time as playing game and I use my hands and also speech recognition for those difficult to reach actions. It comes with a lot of other speech recognition features allowing you to keybind speech commands to applications, files, folders, and webpages so you don't have to type in URL's of often visited pages. And other features... too many to list here.

You can download tazti from their website or and you can use it for a 15 day free trial to see if you like it before it times out and you have to buy a license. Also it's not expensive. I think on sale for $29.99.

Hope that helps...

Totally doable (2)

Swift Guru (168704) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423071)

First, it's great that you're trying to adapt to your new situation, and not simply assuming that it is not possible. A dear friend of mine is in a similar situation, and after lots of research on her behalf I landed unequivocally on the following setup:

1. As many buttons as you can carry on your remaining mouse hand; i.e. Razer Naga. I've not used any of the super high button count (>8) Logitechs so I can't comment on them, but the Razer is what you would expect from the company: absolutely top notch. This is all personal preference of course, but obviously you want to load up on as many buttons as you can in your mouse hand.

2. That leaves the all important WASD, plus moar buttons. Without any finger control, grasping, wrist control.. hell, even if you only had an elbow, you can still achieve a level of control at least as good as traditional keyboard WASD by switching to an arcade style joystick:

These things are brilliant, and built like a brick shithouse. You can independently program every directional switch in the stick (i.e. WASD), and every button on the board, simply by plugging in a PS2 keyboard and holding the respective buttons on each device for a few moments. You can program multiple configs, and the controller remembers them while not plugged in. This includes modifier keys like shift, which is great for holding modifiers on your joystick to double the versatility of your mouse buttons. This setup is so versatile, that in my experience it cuts down on the mouse buttons you actually find yourself using (still doesn't hurt to have them though). Absolutely no software required to do this programming, and the joystick itself functions as a usb keyboard; your games won't know the difference at all. There are adapters available for every console as well.

One thing that helped was to find a comfortable spot to put the joystick. Think something chair seat height, as opposed to putting it up on your desk. The unit is tall and will need to sit lower than your keyboard or mouse do. It is also wide, so we ended up orienting it with the joystick at the back and the buttons at the front, rather than traditional joystick on left and buttons on right. It fits comfortably next to you like that (think flight sim setup with a left hand throttle control), and feels way more ergonomic than using the keyboard ever did, disability or no.

My friend has played countless hours of WoW and Borderlands with this setup, and if anything it is outright superior to the keyboard in both instances. The one limitation is that it's not practical to simultaneously use the joystick AND the buttons one-handed (a moot point given the disability), but switching between them is so quick, and the buttons can be moved to your mouse anyway, that this is an easily manageable issue in practice. It's also just plain more enjoyable than a keyboard, really. Playing an MMO or FPS with an arcade joystick really puts a shit eating grin on your face. I plan on getting this exact thing for myself once I have more time to game again, it is that good. And you still have your full keyboard in front of you!

One-handed gamepad techniques (1)

Paradigm_Complex (968558) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423089)

While I'm blessed enough to have full functionality of both my arms, I have repeatedly run into situations where I am significantly more skilled than those I am playing with, and to keep things interesting, restrict myself to one hand when playing a number of games. While I am significantly better with both hands, it is not impossible to be somewhat competitive in many games with only one hand. Occasionally I've found myself (successfully) using these techniques in tournament matches when I feel a sufficient need to make a point. Moreover, I have in the past found myself with a pressing desire to play a new game, but absolutely no spare time, so I double-up eating with playing. For example, I beat (the gamecube version of ) The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess entirely with only my left hand, such that I could use my right hand to eat during my lunch breaks.

I figured I could give some advice as a result of my experiences.

First off, I should note that I primarily do this on a Nintendo Gamecube controller (as I am an avid Super Smash Bros Melee fan), but in my experiences they do translate well to the Xbox360 controller. I have not given serious consideration to a Playstation controller, and naturally this will not translate to keyboard/mouse.

Secondly, I should note that I've yet to find a good way (assuming an unmodified controller) to have immediate access to both sticks and all of the shoulder buttons simultaneously. Typically, you'll have to limit yourself to delayed access to something. This is a limited issue in some games (e.g.: fighting games), but can be very pressing in other games (e.g.: first person shooters).

You did not state in TFS which hand you have lost, and so I will cover both hands. There are two main grips I use, depending on the specific situation in the specific game.

The primarily left handed grip: Sitting down, place the controller on your left thigh or knee. Place your pinky on the left stick, thumb on the right stick, and pointer finger over the main part of the face buttons. To access shoulder buttons, have either your pinky or pointer finger reach over and around the controller to the appropriate button. This will most likely feel awkward at first, especially using the pinky on the left control stick, but I assure you with practice it is quite possible to become adept at it. The biggest limitation is the reach time for the shoulder buttons.

The second grip left-handed grip is a modification of the way the left hand typically holds the controller. I have often heard this referred to as "the left-handed claw". Instead of using the thumb on the left stick, slide it down to the directional pad, and use the pointer finger on the stick. If you try to also cover both left shoulder buttons you'll find you only have the pinky to provide support - rest the controller on your leg. The obvious limitation here is significant lack of access to the right side of the controller. I use this in SSBM for wavedashing when needed (jumping with up).

It is quite possible to switch between these two grips on-the-fly. While you'll have at best a delayed access to any given input device on the controller, you will have access to everything. With practice, I'm reasonably confident someone with one hand could progress through many 360/NGC games built with the intention

The right hand is, in my opinion, significantly harder to use, but not impossible:

The primarily right-hand grip: Rest the controller on your right thigh or knee. Place your pointer finger on the left stick, your ring finger on the right stick, and your pinky over the main face buttons. Like the left hand, reach over the controller with either your pointer finger or pinky when needing to reach the shoulder buttons.

I cannot think of any games that are completely playable with only the right-hand claw (see the left hand claw above for reference), so I won't really cover it. I should note that, when playing with both hands, I use the right-handed claw. However, most games that are okay with a delayed access to shoulder buttons could be playable with the primary right hand grip described above.

Whether the amount of practice needed to be proficient with the technique I've described above is worth it is up to you, but do believe me when I say that with practice it is quite possible for many if not most games.

Good luck!

You know how... (0)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423139)

You know how in some movies, there is an upswell of heartening music when the doors of a long-darkened house or room are dramatically swung open and the light comes streaming in?

That actually happens. You should totally try it.

Japanese Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423179)

The Japanese have figured out how to make games completely one-handed (mouse-only) for almost a decade. Be sure to check games by illusion.

Final Fantasy 7 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423183)

Only needed the numpad for the entire game. A trully one-handed game.

Get over it (-1, Troll)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423197)

You're a cripple now. Handicapped. Maimed. Less than what you used to be. Deal with it. You're worried about games? In more enlightened times the community would have cannibalized you and used the inedible parts of your carcass to make tools and clothing. You can still try and meet an honorable death by dousing yourself with cleaning alcohol, setting yourself on fire and jumping off a very tall building while screaming "watch out for the meteoooor".

Or you could look like a spaz using a kintic (1)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423237)

I play the heck out of the PC BF3, and thought how I would do it with one arm cause I would find a way.

I'd use my tongue, I'm right handed but learned to use the mouse with my left hand as the
cord was too short to sit on the couch and use with my right hand.

My game play is right handed, none of this wasd, it's all, keypad, arrow keys and keys to the
left and top of them. My left hand or mouse hand could be limited to left, right, up, down, and in between.
Fire, switch weapons (middle button) all easily done using my tongue (after the learning process)
- if I could find one pre-made.

I've made a joysticks before, a bike handlebar grip that you held upright then by moving
it around let me emulate an Atari 2600 joystick by using mercury switches. I think if I (you)
could find the proper miniature multi-axis switch one could be easily be made into a tongue controller.

I'm sure you've googled this, I saw an article mentioning Steam and a tongue controller; but
didn't dig too deep.

Good luck on this venture.

Another option... (2)

Turbio (1814644) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423255)

Depending on the severity of your injured arm, maybe you could manage to tape your limb to one of these devices: [] You can operate 6 axis (move, rotation). That means moving + aiming in an FPS. Then, you could use your other hand with the keyboard. I don't know if this will work for you, since you didn't specified precisely the extent of your injury. For instance, I am an amputee. But I only lost 2 phalanxes in my left index finger, so the first sentence is a bit misleading.

Re:Another option... (1)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423523)

I've used one of these before and wondered if it would ever be marketed to the
general public as it was so freaking expensive.

Back in the 1980's I had a friend who worked maintaining the computers for a DOE contractor.
They had the latest and greatest stuff, next to the xerox machine would be million $ computers
nobody had a use for.

One of the Xerox drop offs was a controller like the spacecontroller in fact it has to be it's predecessor
I was much nicer, the base held a "billiard ball" with a few micro buttons.

You grabbed it and by very slight movements could control an object in a 3D space, in my case a square.
I didn't spend much time playing with it, but could never get it to "come" to me, close but not quite.

Strategy games, management sims, point and click (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423301)

Try some strategy games, management sims, point and click, board games, tablet games. When I play many strategy games I can't be bothered to memorise hotkeys so I end up using just the mouse and my other hand does nothing. Slower paced games, especially turn-based might be fine too.

Turn Based Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423381)

Consider playing some turn-based games that don't require both hands anyway. Civilization V is a bunch of fun and you only really need to use the mouse.

Kinect! (1)

plover (150551) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423439)

I'm surprised nobody's mentioned it before, but the Kinect doesn't require agility in your hand, just the presence and motion of it. No, you're not going to get first person twitch gaming experience out of it, but you'll be on an absolutely equal par with anyone playing it.

I'ts possible without new hardware (1)

denn1s (1517951) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423539)

I'm able to grab a play station controller or a xbox controller with only my left hand and play that way. I basically learned to use the left analog with the little finger and the buttons with the thumb. The triggers are a bit tricky but many games don't need them that much. I play mostly RPG's, and turn based games but I'm able to put a good fight even in games like marvel vs capcom. As for FPS's, I've found it easier to play in a laptop using the touchpad to aim and touch to fire. Most of the keys are reachable with the default settings but you can always use custom keyboard settings. Just don't give up, you will get used to it in no time.

OK go deep. (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423547)

Craft some crafty letters to the gaming companies with
deep pockets and request (later demand) improved
and alternate interfaces.

In reality there are limits to what they can do but
constructive requests could make you the co-inventor
of a rich patent.

Always quietly send the same info to two companies so
you have collaboration of your ideal. It only gets
interesting if both run (to the patent office) with the idea.

RE: Gaming with one hand (1)

cronos1013 (1412777) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423561)

So you actually have a few choices for gaming with one hand. You can either simplfy your gaming style to games that can be played with one hand only, or you can find alternative input devices. One of my good friends lost his right hand in an accident at work a few years ago, and he was also an avid PC gamer. For him, he wasn't willing to throw in the towel (similarly to how you sound). A few of us chipped in and bought him a Jedi Mind Trick (now rebranded as Emotiv since Lucas Arts sued them). It took a significant amount of time for him to essentially relearn how to use his computer (much longer than is suggested on the Emotiv website,) but now several years later, you would be hard pressed to guess that he played with one hand if you were gaming with him online. He plays with a mouse, his emotiv headset, and a bluetooth earpiece from a cell phone, but bound to his PC. We play Eve Online regularly and recently we have been playing Borderlands 2, and after overcomming the learning curve, he is still as good a gamer as before.

Another option for typing as well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423579)

Some other people already recomended the logitech g13 which I was going to tell you to look into as that looks like a good option among others suggested. Several ago or so I heard of a keyboard that was made for people to be used with one hand it was basically a shrunked down keyboard with probably less than half the keys so everything was accessable to you with one hand. The way it worked was you hit one key once to get the first character and if you wanted to get the second character it was mapped to you hit it twice rapidly from what I recall off memory. From what people were reviewing the exact way this one was implemented was quite well done and most picked up the new way of typing in a matter of a day and some were able to type faster this way than using a traditional keyboard. It cost about $120 or so back than if I remember I seriously considered picking one up but the price was a little too steep to just buy something which I really didn't need and just wanted to give a try to see how it worked.

Visual Novels anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423583)

Do you just want to play the same genres as before (which probably have two handed controls as standart configuration) or are you open for new genres?

If the later, give Visual Novels [] a try. They rarely need input, and when, it's only a mouseclick. There's even a sub-genre which is optimised for one-arm-training.

Time to get flamed for real life experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423591)

iPad. Seriously. I've been recovering from two handed hand trauma and it has even helped strengthen them some. Many very good games are specifically designed for 1 hand. I would have said iPod touch, but the iPad can be rested comfortably on many surfaces - unlike the iPod.

Don't geek out about android here. There is no disputing the current king of mobile games outside of ds/vita.

Stick to the easy things (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423667)

I'd say stick to the easy things. Masturbate.

Options... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#41423673)

Anything that will play nice with a kinect, or its older-and-less-sophisticated-but-much-more-mature-at-emulating-a-mouse sibling the IR webcam with illuminators and a retroreflective dot [] (because the commercial units have been touched by the dead hand of 'assistive technology' pricing they are damned expensive for what they are, DIY hacks are less likely to be polished; but can come in at a factor of ten less) could be useful to provide an extra 'hand' worth of control without occupying your good hand(if you are a flight simmer, you may well want one anyway: for immersion, nothing beats having your cockpit view actually change when you turn your real-world head...)

Other useful things: the switch discussed here [] (or its reasonably numerous clones) is basically a cheapy guitar stomp pedal that can be programmed to perform more or less any keystroke, or short keystroke sequence(and possibly a mouse click event, not sure) that a normal USB HID device could. I think that 4-pedal versions are also available. For relatively little money, a chunk of plywood or something, and a USB hub, you should be able to get your feet in on controlling a bunch of useful hotkeys and whatnot.

For more thoroughly custom work, the teensy [] is extremely convenient. It is essentially arduino compatible, so basic development is dead simple; but it also includes a USB HID bootloader out of the box and enough I/O pins to tack on a reasonable number of switches that can then be tied to keycodes sent to the host(I could imagine, for instance, that if you don't have the finger control for WASD, you might still be able to handle a joystick/grip type arrangement with 4 contact switches mapped to those allowing you to control standard left-hand functions with only gross motor control of the arm/shoulder and possibly one or two of the footswitches for crouch/reload/whatever.

Also good to know about for custom ergonomics work: Polycaprolactone [] . At room temperature, it is a plastic with bulk properties pretty similar to nylon. However, it becomes soft enough to be moldable at only 60 degrees C or so. This makes it only slightly uncomfortable to hand-mould grips and things that precisely fit you. It can also be tool worked when hardened with a minimum of trouble.

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