Over the past few weeks the NextGenUpdate staff have been looking for ways to use the power and influence of our community to support a good cause. We have over 500,000 members and we would like to use them to help a charitable cause which we think could benefit from our backing.
The 'Custom Button Remapping Petition'
We eventually stumbled across the 'Custom Button Remapping Petition', founded by Chuck Bittner, or AskACapper. Chuck Bittner is a quadriplegic gamer and stand-up comedian. Because of his disability, Chuck plays PlayStation 3 with his mouth and nose, but there are some games he cannot play due to controller limitations. For example, in the game Modern Warfare 2; the actions 'aim' and 'shoot' require the player to hold down L1/LT and R1/RT, but because of his style of playing, Chuck can only hold one down at a time. With 'Custom Button Remapping', Chuck would be able to reassign the shoot button from R1/RT to O/B, for example, which would allow him to hold down both buttons at the same time.
If you don't know already, 'Custom Button Remapping' is the ability to change assigned actions on a controller to any button a gamer chooses. You may have already seen on games such as Modern Warfare 2; 'tactical' and 'default' button layouts, 'Button Remapping' would give you the ability to select the controls button-by-button.
'Custom Button Remapping' not only allows disabled gamers to play games, but it will give gamers world-wide the ability to choose the controls they desire. This will only enhance the gaming experience.
Gaming for the Disabled
Gaming for the Disabled is a internet campaign launched by NextGenUpdate.com in support of the 'Custom Button Remapping Petition'. It will consist of a series of events organised by NextGenUpdate; with some being hosted on the AskACapper YouTube, along with various other YouTube channels. The campaign officially launched on 28 May, 2011.
Signing up for the Petition
The 'Custom Button Remapping Petition' can be found here.
Click 'Sign the Petition', enter your 'Name', 'Email address' and inside the 'Where did you hear about this petition' field enter 'NextGenUpdate.com'. This will take you no longer than 5 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I support 'Gaming for the Disabled?'
There will be various ways in which you can support 'Gaming for the Disabled', but for now just sign up to the petition!
What is the Custom Button Remapping Petition?
How would Custom Button Remapping be implemented by game developers?