Thomas; I whole-heartedly agree! -Not only has mouse support been the first 
input method I've set up for the current Draco projects, but when developing 
Jedi Quake, I'd incorporated improved accessible mouse support to the latest 
couple of JQ releases to not only help people break out of the keyboard-only 
blind access thing but also just because I personally really like smooth, 
graceful motion.

Using a keyboard to control a realtime simulation is just so herky-jerky and 
coarse. If people can just stop fearing the mouse and learn to work with it, it 
can be a really comfortable and fast way to game.

Incidentally, this is exactly the same sort of complaining and arguing people 
were getting into, a couple of years ago when many were fighting the idea of 
the iPhone / touch screens on phones both for access and gaming alike. Like the 
touch screen, at least for the visually impaired market, the mouse is still 
essentially almost an untapped resource. I.E. It will just take some creative 
coders to incorporate it nicely into game designs so that VI people realize 
that it's cool and viable and everything will change, just like it has / is 
doing, with the iDevices and touch screens in general.

We're only limited by our own imaginations! :)

If we can conceive it it can happen! So if we want new / innovative gaming / VR 
experiences, then we need to bring new and innovative mindsets to them. the 
experiences will then be new and innovative!… :)

Have a great evening / weekend All and chat witcha on the flip!…

Smiles,

Cara :)
On Dec 11, 2010, at 5:23 PM, Thomas Ward wrote:

Hi Muhammed,

What's wrong with a mouse? You seam rather viament against the idea of
using a mouse for game play.  However, as several game developers have
shown the the mouse is a rather nice gaming device, and is very
accessible in games too. You guys are going to have to face it if you
want games on par with the mainstream PC games you are going to have
to get use to a mouse sometime.

No offense, this isn't directed at you personally, but I've seen far
to many VI users throw an unbelievable fit over an input device like a
mouse. Some act as though it will kill them to actually buy or own one
for a change. Besides I thought one shipped with every computer, but I
guess some people throw them away or give them away believing them not
to be important, and the minute a game developer says one is required
they begin wining. They start in with the "I'm blind and can't use a
mouse" crap. This has no bearing on weather you can or can not use a
mouse in games do to blindness because the programmer programs how the
input device reacts so therefore it is or can be just as accessible as
a keyboard.

Anyway, to get to my pointthe the keyboard is extremely limited in
what it can and can not do. This game is a classic case in point.
There is no way to move a light saber around the screen quickly and
more naturally than with a mouse or joystick. With a mouse you can
swing the saber left, right, up, or down spin it in a circle, or
invent some other complex fighting moves just by pretending the mouse
under your fingers is a light saber. It allows for complex moves you
simply can not immitate using keys like alt+left, alt+right, alt+up,
alt+down, etc. This is a fact the mainstream PC gaming market have
known for years, and some accessible game developers are just now
beginning to figure out that a mouse is and can be essential for
complex game play. Why  fight what is obviously an improvement?

Cheers!


On 12/11/10, Shiny protector <muhamme...@googlemail.com> wrote:
> Mouse, no! I think a keyboard would be fine. Lets say, keyboard and mouse.

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