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Ben Heck's Plan To Make Gaming Open To All

samzenpus posted about 9 months ago | from the man-with-the-plan dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Legendary DIY gaming guru Ben Heck has given a new interview in which he talks about the Access Controller, his modular controller for consoles that lets disabled gamers play with one hand, and how he plans to update it for the next generation of consoles: 'I'm sure I will. At the very least people are going to want the accessibility controllers I build...People have already asked about them for the next-gen consoles, and that was at E3. When I was there, the thing I looked at the most was the controllers. The Xbox One looks pretty similar to what we have at the moment, but they finally fixed the D-pad.'"

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But how do you use the Kinect... (3, Funny)

Lumpio- (986581) | about 9 months ago | (#44158209)

...if you're an amputee?

He should talk to the Bayonetta devs (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44158219)

Their game was programmed to be played with one hand.

Re:He should talk to the Bayonetta devs (1)

loufoque (1400831) | about 9 months ago | (#44158659)

Bayonetta is pretty light on the fanservice compared to most modern japanese games.

Re:He should talk to the Bayonetta devs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44160309)

If you want fanservice, watch Sekirei or Girls Bravo.

Legendary? (0, Flamebait)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 9 months ago | (#44158299)

Are we talking about the same Ben Heck who made a CNC and put the X-axis motor INSIDE the gantry, therefore cutting the X travel in nearly half? THAT Ben Heck?

He may be popular, but sometimes he can totally screw up too.

Re:Legendary? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44158497)

He may be popular, but sometimes he can totally screw up too.

So can anyone, legendary or not.

The fact that you immediately knew who they were talking about though kind of proved their point... And legendary isn't always good (though in this case I think it is)

Re:Legendary? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44158803)

He may be popular, but sometimes he can totally screw up too.

So can anyone, legendary or not.

The fact that you immediately knew who they were talking about though kind of proved their point... And legendary isn't always good (though in this case I think it is)

What exactly makes Ben Heck "legendary"?

Was it that he was sticking existing electronics into custom CNC milled cases? Anyone with access to those tools could have done the same thing. Up to that point they were hobbling together project boxes from other sources

I guess because it was the first time gamers have ever seen electronics used for anything useful (as opposed to playing video games) that makes him a legend?

Re:Legendary? (0)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 9 months ago | (#44160255)

Can't agree more. He's the equivalent of the "First post" on Slashdot.

Famous? Yes. Well-known? If you're a nerd or a gamer, yes.

Legendary? Absolutely not. Let's not dilute that word of its significance.

Re:Legendary? (1)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about 9 months ago | (#44158603)

Until this article, I had no idea who the Ben heck was. Saying he is legendary is a bit overblown. Don't get me wrong, I have heard of his portable mods and they are pretty neat but beyond that nothing.

Re:Legendary? (1)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about 9 months ago | (#44158627)

Arrrgh! I was going to try and be cute and say "I had no idea who the heck Ben Heck is" or something to that extent and screwed it up.

Re:Legendary? (1)

HeckRuler (1369601) | about 9 months ago | (#44165361)

Yeah, this disabled guy at the hackerspace asked for some help with a piece of code that was somehow affiliated with Ben Heck. Just some arduino stuff to have a joystick move his wheelchair around.

It was pretty ugly. Apparently the guy can't code worth a damn. I mean, if it actually originated from Ben Heck. The whole thing was kinda surreal. I have no idea if I should laugh when the guy in a wheelchair makes a cripple joke.

But Ben has that mover and shaker attitude that gets you on TV and minor celebrity status. It's a skill, and one that geeks don't usually foster because it's tied to CHA rather than INT. And everyone knows that's a dumpstat.

Go home samzenpus (1)

Princeofcups (150855) | about 9 months ago | (#44158381)

You are drunk. "Plan to make" not "making." Not "to all," but to "people with certain disabilities". And that's just from the summary. Haven't RTFA yet.

Legendary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44158607)

I'm like neva höörd of this Heck!

Re:Legendary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44158757)

HE IS THE LEGENDARY BEN HECK

THAT IS ALL

fsckin filter fsckin filter fsckin filter fsckin filter

Re:Legendary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44160283)

My sister was once bitten by Ben Heck.

mod uP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44158669)

TROUBLED OS. NOW and wa5 taken over

Open gaming? (2)

xtal (49134) | about 9 months ago | (#44158747)

Isn't that what a PC is for?

Re:Open gaming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44158887)

Yeah a PC is better. The controller is usable by a very small subset of disabled people.

Re:Open gaming? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 9 months ago | (#44159667)

... Open gaming for those who would rather drop $400 on a vendor-locked console, instead of $1,200 for a bad-ass gaming box that they can upgrade.

The irony of it is like junk food: Tastes pretty good, but wreaks hell on your will to live.

Re:Open gaming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44160421)

Your level of closeted homosexuality is major.

Console exclusives and PC anti-cheats (1)

tepples (727027) | about 9 months ago | (#44159717)

If someone with a mobility impairment wants to play with friends in real life who routinely play console-exclusive games, PC games are not a close substitute. Besides, even on PC, anti-cheating measures are likely to interfere with accessibility tools.

Re:Console exclusives and PC anti-cheats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44161123)

Besides, even on PC, anti-cheating measures are likely to interfere with accessibility tools.

Nothing that can't be fixed by a trip to elitepvpers.com
Getting banned is a small price to pay if you couldn't play to begin with.

Re:Console exclusives and PC anti-cheats (1)

tepples (727027) | about 9 months ago | (#44161213)

Getting banned is a small price to pay if you couldn't play to begin with.

Not if getting banned from one multiplayer game on your account gets you banned even from single-player games on the same account.

Bringing Games to the Gamers (4, Insightful)

Alzheimers (467217) | about 9 months ago | (#44158855)

I think it's awesome that he's willing to put his time, energy and ingenuity towards those less fortunate in the gaming community. Ben has a reputation for some awe-inspiring feats of engineering, and if he's able to use those talents to enable more gamers to enjoy the art and science of Video Games, then good on him.

The world needs more people like Ben Heck.

Been waiting 20 years for this controller (1)

cyclomedia (882859) | about 9 months ago | (#44163249)

Have always wanted to hack apart the PSx controller and swap the D pad and main buttons. Envisioned calling it the Leftpad or somesuch.

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