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People with Disabilities?

ziphii's Avatar

08.16.2012 , 07:23 PM | #1
There's a thread like this on the wow servers, so I thought I'd see if things are similar here. To start things off, I have fibromyalgia and low back problems (bulging disk and sciatica) and being able to game really helps me stay sane. Sometimes the pain is very isolating, but I don't have to keep up with people physically online, and that lets me do things online in games that I can't do in real life anymore.

Anyone else here dealing with *any* disability? How does SWTOR help or how have you adjusted your gameplay (UI, HW?) to make it better for you? Maybe you'll help someone else out there who suffers.

liammozz's Avatar

08.16.2012 , 07:26 PM | #2
i have disasoiative personality PTSD and OCD if i didnt stumble onto the mmo sean all those years ago, and was able to lose my self for hours on end without having to deal with my head i think wouldnt be here today

elliotcat's Avatar

08.17.2012 , 09:05 PM | #3
I have fibromyalgia too! I hate it so much. I try really, really hard not to let it affect my life. I am a chemistry student and study/go to the lab all the time, so I can get pretty sore.

I use topical stuff like BenGay and lots of ibuprofen. And I work out a TON. That helps a lot.

"We will snatch purpose from the jaws of futility...are you ready to wreak some havoc?"[/SIZE]

ziphii's Avatar

08.20.2012 , 08:10 AM | #4
Well, apparently most of the people who game that have disabilities are apparently not playing SWTOR or are not checking in on the forums at least. Maybe more will see this as time goes on though...

OpticRefit's Avatar

08.20.2012 , 11:11 AM | #5
I have been playing MMO's since Star War Galaxies (Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, etc)

I have Muscular Dystrophy and I can only use my hands so PC gaming is my only real option for gaming now.

I was a big console gamer too when I was stronger (N64, PS2, GameCube, Wii, Xbox 360), but my disease progressively weakened me to the point that I can't even hold a controller.

I also was into the handheld gaming with my Gameboys (from the original, gameboy color, gameboy advance and the DS) can tell I was a nintendo fanboy lol.

Now, at the age of 28, I have also been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, diabetes, and I get pneumonia almost every month.

Three years ago, I contracted pneumonia in BOTH lungs and suffered respiratory failure and almost died.

I recovered, but the trauma weakened my diaphragm (the muscle the causes you to inhale and exhale, basically breathing) and I was forced to use a ventilator just to live.

Due to all of this, my family could not properly care for me, so I went into a nursing care facility. I got a gaming laptop to help me stay in touch with family, and to play games, and here I am!

I can only use one hand, which I use a mouse with and I can type using an on-screen keyboard.

I play SWTOR daily and have 3 level 50s on Canderous Ordo and currently leveling my scoundrel.

-currently playing character names are:
Kallig...lvl50 human Sith Sorcerer
Pythirr...lvl50 sith pureblood juggernaut
Caegenn...lvl50 cyborg vanguard
Xao-den'ca...lvl38 zabrak scoundrel
"Never fight when you can bluff. Never bluff when you can run. Never run when you can sneak. If no one knows you're there, you win."
―The Smuggler's Creed

Morgani's Avatar

08.20.2012 , 01:23 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by OpticRefit View Post
-currently playing character names are:
Kallig...lvl50 human Sith Sorcerer
Pythirr...lvl50 sith pureblood juggernaut
Caegenn...lvl50 cyborg vanguard
Xao-den'ca...lvl38 zabrak scoundrel
I see you around Canderous all the time when I play my Agent. So.. /waves

I'm Bi Polar with anxieties and ADHD with sleep issues. I don't have a lot of friends in game and I spend a lot of time server hopping to avoid the people I do know sometimes when I can't deal with being overly social. I have back issues (Sciatica mainly and totally weak ankles. I sprain one of my feet every few months because walking is hard.) So I sit and game and try not to form relationships because I know I'm a total drag.
Be to her Virtues
very Kind.
Be to her Faults
a little Blind.

OpticRefit's Avatar

08.20.2012 , 02:58 PM | #7
/waves at Morgani

Anyway, I forgot to mention my anxiety/panic issues, my depression, all the various meds i'm on.

So, I guess I'm just a big train wreck, but I'm still kicking (not technically kicking, but ya know )
"Never fight when you can bluff. Never bluff when you can run. Never run when you can sneak. If no one knows you're there, you win."
―The Smuggler's Creed

ziphii's Avatar

08.21.2012 , 08:05 PM | #8
Wow, you guys! Nice to have you. My back has been acting up lately, so I'm on leave from work. Having this game is a way to interact with the "world" in a way I can't anymore.

I don't have any social anxieties to speak of, but I like the way we can control who and when we interact with people. That sentence was awful, but I hope you know what I mean.

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08.24.2012 , 08:20 PM | #9
There was a similar thread for autistic players, but it fell rather flat. Checking in here too. Doctors I've seen can't seem to agree just what I have, but they agree that I'm on the autistic spectrum with either depression or a form of bipolar disorder. I don't have any physical disabilities, but my mind is a wreck ^^;

SWTOR definitely helps me with my disabilities. For one, it can act as a numbing agent as something to focus on when the mental pain from depression gets too much to deal with. It also helps with coping knowing that I have friends online and people I can talk to and help. I try to do something good for the server every day, and it helps with my overall well being.

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08.27.2012 , 10:43 PM | #10
I've had rheumatoid arthritis for most of my life (age 2 onwards), and the last few years have been up-and-down in the pain department. My knees and ankles crunch when I walk, my neck now has osteoarthritis and sounds like a cement mixer. My right elbow has virtually no range of motion and I've developed tendinitis in my left arm (something else I'm more susceptible to, yay!) along with a crunchy left wrist. I work at a help desk, and sitting in one position all day does not help.. currently looking for another job, but I have to deal with it for now.

I play on a laptop so I can get up and move around whenever I need to and adjust as much as possible. I picked up the Razer Nostromo, which really helps my left arm issues. I have it propped up so my left hand is almost vertical, and use mainly the number pad with my right hand.

I'll never be able to run around like my characters (though I'll eventually need joint replacements - that's kind of like a cyborg, right?) But I love immersing myself in this universe, and PVP is one of my favorite ways to deal with pain and frustration. If I'm playing as my Marauder you can bet it's been a BAD day
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