20,000 support disabled gamer's plight

EA asked to change Dead Space 2 controls.

Over 20,000 people have signed an online petition calling on developers to enable button remapping after a disabled gamer complained about not being able to play Dead Space 2.

Disabled gamer Gareth, who asked fellow gamers for advice on the overclockers.co.uk forum, plays PC games including Fallout: New Vegas without using his hands. To do so he customises a game's controls so he can navigate virtual environments using his chin and the left and right buttons of a mouse.

With EA's recently released action game Dead Space 2, however, Gareth ran into problems.

"There's no way to have the walk forward on a mouse button," he said. "It makes me so mad that game companies don't make their games fully custom controls. If they can have the fire assigned to a mouse button, surely they could of assigned to a mouse button. So now I can't play this game and I wasted 25."

His forum post sparked hundreds of replies, and an online petition that currently sits on 22,328 signatories.

EA and developer Visceral Games are yet to comment on the matter.

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