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9-05-2008 @ 5:06PM
I find the human tendency to deliberately refuse help, even when it is needed, to be rather amusing. At any rate, here's my perspective on the whole thing.Imagine, if you will, that you were born with a really NASTY disability. I'm not talking deafness or blindness here, though each has its own issues. I'm talking about those who are unfortunate enough to be barely able to move, and are bound in a wheelchair most of their lives. A power wheelchair, at that, since they can at most move a few fingers. Most individuals in this situation can't talk at all well.Now, give a person who's spent most of their life in this situation a switch, and a morse code translator on a computer. They can talk! People can listen! All of a sudden, the hard part isn't trying to figure out what they want to say, but rather trying to keep up with them!While people who are only blind or deaf can enjoy a game with relatively few changes, it's a far greater challenge for one of these more disabled people to do anything. So when an application comes along that allows a man to suddenly be one of the best Unreal Tournament players, despite the fact that HE CAN'T EVEN MOVE HIS ARM, it's huge.Because of the completely customizable interface in World of Warcraft, many of these people can play the game as easily and well as the bulk of non-disabled people, and few can actually tell the difference. And to them, this means more than anything.Remember, next time you see a "keyboard turner" in a battleground make a few kills, it might be more than he's been able to do all his life.
9-05-2008 @ 9:49PM
Thank you - best comment I've seen today.
9-06-2008 @ 3:11AM
Well, living with one of the pioneers of the computer accessibility movement can do that to yah, heh.
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