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19 May 2017

Marley chins World of Warcraft - again!

Marley's back, and this time he's bossing FOUR chin-controlled joysticks! A spinal injury affects the movement below his neck but he’s got great head movement, so a year ago we'd set up three chin-controlled joysticks for him and, with the addition of some custom voice controls, he'd started smashing World of Warcraft again.

Well, that was a year ago. Make that FOUR joysticks now. Marley likes a chat while he’s gaming so Joe and Frankie ditched the voice controls and worked some magic by mapping yet another joystick to act as keyboard presses.

We want people play to the very, very best of their abilities, so it was a pleasure to visit Marley again to improve his setup. And four joysticks - just amazing - Marley, you’re a SpecialEffect legend!

Joe explains the tech:

“With his previous setup the middle joystick acted like the WASD keys for character movement, the one on the right had six spells and the mouse clicks mapped to it, and the joystick on the left controlled the mouse cursor. He also had some custom voice controls for the other key presses that he needed.”

“Now he has one chin joystick for character movement, One for cursor movement (mouse control) and two for button presses – we mapped this extra stick to act as keyboard presses using a free bit of software called Joytokey. If Marley presses “UP” he'll get one button, if he holds the joystick UP it will act as a different button. He's got 15 buttons in total over the two joysticks, and no need for any voice controls.”

Bonkers, but brilliant.

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