Disabled gamer asks for customizable controls in Dead Space 2, Visceral obliges

Tuesday, 8th February 2011 06:31 GMT By Nathan Grayson

Dead Space 2′s garnered near-universal praise from all who’ve traversed its necromorph-infested halls, but – among all the cheers – one “boo” slipped through.

It was Gareth Garratt, a gamer with cerebral palsy.

Garratt recently purchased Dead Space 2, fully expecting to, you know, play it. Unfortunately, he quickly discovered that he couldn’t map the “walk forward” command to his mouse, which meant he couldn’t play by pushing the mouse with his chin – as per his custom setup.

Meanwhile, a petition asking game developers to make re-mappable controls the norm has quietly amassed nearly 25,000 signatures over the past few months.

The end result? Visceral’s scrambling faster than a necromorph with its head cut off (and all its other limbs still very much murdering you) to solve the problem once and for all.

“The Dead Space 2 team is aware of the issue that disabled players are having with Dead Space 2 PC. In fact a number of folks on our team are so passionate about getting this fix done that they are currently working hard to allow players to re-map key bindings to the mouse which should help disabled players enjoy the game,” the developer said in a statement to Joystiq.

“In addition to the key binding fix the patch will include other fixes for PC players. Thank you for taking up the cause for our disabled players and letting us know about this problem. Once the patch is fully tested we will announce a release date.”

A good deed from a great game developer… who proudly proclaimed that “your mom hates this.” The world is a weird place.



  1. back_up

    “”Meanwhile, a petition asking game developers to make re-mappable controls the norm has quietly amassed nearly 25,000 signatures over the past few months.”"
    statement proves PC gamers are whiners = fact
    keep on crying what’s next whining in EA forums

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Dralen

    @1 Heartless much?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Lee Morris

    A good deed from a great game developer… who proudly proclaimed that “your mom hates this.”

    I’ll think you find that it was the publisher who proclaimed that. Developers make games and publishers sell games.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. nofear360

    Plus, it’s good PR. It’s all about business, whether you like it or not.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Suikoden Fan

    @1 i take personal offense to that, are disabled gamers not allowed to play games on pc in your perfect world?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    Re-mappable controls is something MS and Sony should be building in to minimum standards for console games to pass their internal testing – and also supporting with dev libraries to standardise and make easier for devs. They already cover a lot of things so why not this? Doesn’t help PC Gamers that much but I thought the vast majority of games already supported this sort of thing.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    @6, well it would have stopped everyone bitching about KZ2 controls. I do agree with that though.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. BloodyJoe

    and I ask for a Move-Patch, same for ME2!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    I dont get why devs are moving away from mappable controls. You could do it in most games last gen but this gen its getting rarer. It really dosnt make much sense.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. ninjanutta

    @ your a fool,you deserves to step into them shoes and see how much you whine.dont forget it only takes a car crash or something and you will be disabled.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. ninjanutta

    @1 that was for.damn,we need an edit button on here.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Filofax

    As Gekidami already said this used to be the norm at one point especially on the PC, but it’s nice to see devs responding so fast to gamers needs.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Rosseu

    That’s sweet of Visceral :)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. roflpwned

    With regard to comment no 1 by Back_Up, if you had any intelligence whatsoever you might have noticed that the petition was started by a CONSOLE GAMER for, surprisingly enough, CONSOLE GAMERS. How much of a fucking retard do you have to be to completely miss that and make a complete fucking arsehole of yourself with the kind of comment that a 14 year old, ill educated, over opinionated child would make? Obviously only you know the answer to that, enjoy your absolutely epic fail.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. back_up

    thank you for your introduction.We now get who are you

    #15 4 years ago
  16. FabioPal

    @14 “do not feed the troll”, it’s just worse, leave him by himself ;)

    #16 4 years ago
  17. roflpwned

    @ 15

    Spoken like a true muppet, does your mommy know you’re out of your playpen?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. back_up

    do you even have mommy false muppet

    #18 4 years ago
  19. back_up

    learn to buy games instead of pirating

    #19 4 years ago
  20. roflpwned

    @ 18

    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

    #20 4 years ago
  21. freedoms_stain


    Mathematically console gamers account for 41.7% of torrent game piracy (and rising).

    Can you shut the fuck up now?

    #21 4 years ago
  22. FabioPal

    Guys, seriously, just let him shout by himself. He’s looking for attention, just don’t give it to him ;)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. StolenGlory

    #23 4 years ago
  24. back_up

    EA was not happy with deadspace sales
    Ea canned sports games for PC due to piracy
    there are many

    #24 4 years ago
  25. FabioPal

    @23 Exactly :p

    #25 4 years ago
  26. GwynbleiddiuM

    I dunno why by for some reason there is too much Xbox in my PC version of DS2. I mean if I wanted to push ‘LB’ to run I’d have bought the shit on a Xbox 360 and if I wanted to hit ‘A’ for action button, at the very list I would have bought a freaking Xbox 360 controller, not a damn expensive Logitech G15. Why devs are getting stupid every day?

    I’m not disabled and I don’t receive th treatment I’m entitled by default, make sure you guys add this to your list of changes cuz I hate when I play a game on my PC but I keep doubting if I’m sitting behind the right machine…

    #26 4 years ago
  27. NeoSquall

    I signed and shared the petition because it’s a good deed.

    GG to Visceral and their good will.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Isaaclarke37

    It’s great EA is working on it to get it fixed ASAP.
    @#1 stop being a douche.

    #28 4 years ago

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