Quadriplegic Gamer Solos Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer

Quadriplegic Gamer Solos Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer

Silver down. Gold and platinum to go.

Alright, so I reckon most of us could beat a silver-level Mass Effect 3 multiplayer match without help, but do you think you could do it with only one hand? How about one hand and almost no fine motor control?

That's exactly what quadriplegic gamer, Alain Poitras, managed in the video to the right. Using a touchscreen mouse and a stick clutched between his teeth, Poitras has managed to solo two of Mass Effect 3's four mulitiplayer difficulties. Videos of Potrais' skill and dedication have been floating around the BioWare forums for a couple of weeks, where they caught the eye of ME3 senior designer, Manveer Heir.

"He soloed silver?!" Heir tweeted. "He's 100x more baller than I'll ever be."

There is a thriving community of gamers who refuse to let their ailments get in the way of their hobby, but a dearth of re-mappable controls and other easy-to-implement features mean gamers with more severe disabilities are often forced to focus on PC games or shell out for expensive, custom-made controllers. With the right setup, disabled gamers can not only play, but compete, as this video of professional StarCraft 2 player, vVv Spectral, demolishing some schmuck proves.

For more information on gaming with disabilities, check out The Able Gamers Foundation.

I tend to blame all of my gaming losses on my color blindness and these videos make that excuse seem a bit hollow. I may have to switch back to "the sun was in my eyes." Which it always is.

Source: YouTube

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I am glad that gaming has become accessible to everyone :)

it is the right of every individual to be able to PWN noobs !

serious awesome article and i sure a heck wouldnt want to face the guy, thats incredible skill

Well, that's impressive.

I'd have trouble solo-ing a silver match with all my fully functional limbs.

EDIT: Significantly less impressed after actually watching the video. He spent most of the match sitting in some sort of AI blindspot where they couldn't approach him, flank him or get grenades on him.

LIKE A BOSS!

Seriously, a quadriplegic doing this bad-ass at a game (or even playing a game in general) is amazing!

That's very badass.

Not quite as badass as Broly, but still right up there.

Ha, I've known about this guy since his first thread on the BioWare forums stating that he solo'd bronze. He's just going to keep getting better. People on BSN's ME3 Multiplayer subforum constantly shower him with praise last I checked. He definitely deserves it, but sometimes it seems to get a bit excessive. Eager to see him move on to Gold.

Zhukov:
Well, that's impressive.

I'd have trouble solo-ing a silver match with all my fully functional limbs.

EDIT: Significantly less impressed after actually watching the video. He spent most of the match sitting in some sort of AI blindspot where they couldn't approach him, flank him or get grenades on him.

I don't think his strategy really reduces the the awesomeness of his accomplishment. You need to look at this from his perspective.

I like stories like this. It really puts things in perspective. Disabled people usually don't have many friends, if they have any at all. I realize that a lot of introverted gamers on the internet don't have many friends either, but at least they're not physically disabled, which makes it easier for them to fully enjoy their favorite pastime. Why do we pay so much attention to idiots like PETA and feminists in gaming who scream against animal killings and women portrayal in games, yet we ignore people with real problems? People like this guy. It's pathetic. Priorities, people. Sort them out.

This guy used his intelligence and other technological innovations to overcome his disabilities and help him accomplish that which some of us unhindered human beings might have difficulty in doing.

Alain has my utmost respect for his demonstration of his skills and his perserverence. Well done!

They should just go ahead and unlock every weapon and classes for him right now XD

Typical camper!
There is no way he could game like that with out the aid of performance enhancing drugs, I demand a full cavity search!

CrazyCapnMorgan:
This guy used his intelligence and other technological innovations to overcome his disabilities and help him accomplish that which some of us unhindered human beings might have difficulty in doing.

Alain has my utmost respect for his demonstration of his skills and his perserverence. Well done!

MIGHT have difficulty? Dude I can't even solo bronze. I am AWFUL at Mass Effect 3.

Well shit, even I had trouble doing silver by myself and I actually got to run around and maneuver. Right on man. This gives me hope that if I ever get in some tragic accident where I lose a limb or two I can continue to play the games I love

Silly Québecquois!! On dit "tétraplégique", not "quadriplégique". ^_^

I have trouble with the silver and I have all ten fingers fully functional. Major kudos to the man. Major, major kudos...

Judging by the comments, can I assume that the 'solo silver no problem for most of us' line was a joke? I read that and felt really ashamed because I sure can't do that.
This is impressive. I've often wondered what I'd do if I lost one of my arms or hands because I love to play games. Guess you can always find a way to do something that you really love.

I have lost the right to call myself a hard core gamer.

That! Is a hard core gamer!

As someone who spazzes out in terror when they are the last one standing I can say I'm very impressed.

I kited a banshee on Gold for about 10 minutes once, it was terrifying...

I have nothing but respect.

First I have to say that this guy is damn impressive. I haven't tried the multiplayer yet but I get slaughtered on the difficulty just above normal in the singleplayer. Man has skill and works harder for it than I do. Respect.

Second thing, French Krogan sound awesome!

 

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