hey folks, so long story short I have been struggling with some injury or other RSI like thing that is making it hard to use mice, keyboards, and controllers. been going on for a while and I’ve been experimenting with various things to make it possible to play games. (I’ve been working with a doctor on the root cause too)
I recently hit upon a really useful tip and thought it would be cool to start a thread to share that but also solicit advice, suggestions, stories and so on from any other folks who have figured out neat ways to play games with alternate inputs!
Okay so first a story: most of the games I play are strategy games, which are best with a mouse & keyboard. I’ve really struggled with a good replacement, the best was a Steam controller which I successfully used to play Total War 3K, but still flared up my symptoms. Anyway, I had kinda given up but then found this neat hack: velcro a cheap gyro remote to a hat and combine it with (also cheap) voice software for clicks. the video of playing Into the Breach with it was truly revelatory to me, it looked so easy! so I bought this set up a couple of weeks ago and have been getting used to it. It’s hardly perfect but given that other head mice cost an order of magnitude more it is amazingly effective, and means I am not compromising at all with continued use that causes problems. so far I haven’t had any neck pain or anything but it’s obviously something I’m trying to watch out for.
And now a question: I’ve also been playing Ring Fit Adventure, which is very doable for me (well it wipes me out because I’m out of shape, but anyway it doesn’t cause me pain) and I’ve been thinking how that controller could be repurposed for general purpose (think of the menu mapping with rotate left/right/up/down, you basically have a D-pad) and it made me think of DDR pads. There are all those folks doing wild things like beating Dark Souls with a dance pad and I wondered how hard it is to use them as a general purpose controller for slower paced turn based games like ITB, or other tile based RPGs and so on, where a D-pad and some buttons are all you need. Has anyone messed with this at all? The little research I did wasn’t super helpful, I was a little disheartened that the hardware seems real hit or miss.
Anyway! hope this topic is not out of place, and thanks for reading …