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16 Aug 2018

Liftoff for Mark

Mark's back playing the games he loves this week! He's an Elite:Dangerous and Star Trek Online player who had two severe strokes earlier this year, leaving him paralysed down his left hand side and not able to enjoy his games and the camaraderie, friendships and social quality of life that went with them.

Mark still has great movement on his right hand so he contacted Ed Lewis of Frontier, makers of Elite, for advice. Ed called us, so Frankie, Joe and Barry headed over to see him on Tuesday.

Many one-handed controllers aren't cheap, and we've often been contacted by people who've wasted hundreds of pounds buying controllers they think will work, only to find that they're not suitable. We wanted to find Mark a one-handed setup he was truly comfortable with and would give the widest range of controls for the games he wanted to play.

For many of those games, Mark found that a Razer Naga Mouse with its many mappable buttons was great for one-handed play. And for Elite and Star Trek, a loan of a Saitek Joystick & Throttle has got him back in the game. We've also contacted HCS Voicepacks to see if they can sort Mark out with a voice control/flightstick combo for an even better Elite gaming experience.

It’s great to be able to help Mark and give something back to Frontier and the Elite:Dangerous community for all their fantastic support over the years. We’re over the moon at getting an Elite Commander back out into space following such a serious, life-threatening medical condition.

Below: Mark trying out his new loan controller

Mark holding the flight stick

Mark using the flight stick in front of a gaming screen

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