Visceral responds to Dead Space 2 petition from disabled gamers

A petition to game developers on behalf of gamers with disabilities has reached the attention of Visceral Games developers, who today confirmed that it will be including control customization options in an upcoming patch for the PC version of Dead Space 2.

The petition was launched in 2009 by self-described “can't stand-up” comedian Chuck Bittner (AskACapper), and recently caught mainstream attention after a UK gamer with a disability named Gareth took the petition to Overclockers UK after learning that his PC version of Dead Space 2 did not allow him to map the game's controls to his head operated system. In little under a day, the story caught the attention of Visceral Games developers, who responded last night with news of an upcoming fix.

“I'm a developer from Visceral Games Australia, the studio responsible for the PC port of Dead Space 2. Sorry to hear about your issue - I've spoken with a few key people here and we'll do our best to include a fix for it in the next patch,” wrote a studio staffer by the name of Michael on Gareth's forum.

Above: Gareth demonstrates his personal set-up for Fallout: New Vegas on the PC

In a follow-up to Joystiq, Visceral's executive producer Steve Papoutsis clarified that, “The Dead Space 2 team is aware of the issue that disabled players are having with Dead Space 2 PC. In fact a number of folks on our team are so passionate about getting this fix done that they are currently working hard to allow players to re-map key bindings to the mouse which should help disabled players enjoy the game.”

This is no doubt great news for Bittner, who has been championing the ongoing petition through his live comedy and website for over a year. He told us this morning, “I feel eventually all developers will realize the extra time and cost associated with remapping is negligible when compared to increased sales and customer satisfaction this feature brings. As a disabled gamer, I don't buy games I can't remap, and on consoles, that means 95% of games.”

Bittner also noted that he will be bringing the petition to PAX East, adding, “I plan on talking to every developer on site about disabled gamers, and why we need this so badly.”

Samples of his comedy and unique game playing skills can be found at

As for Gareth's contribution to the cause, Bittner admits that he only heard of the UK PC player yesterday, but is nonetheless thankful for the attention that he and the Overclockers UK community have garnered the petition in the last 24 hours.

“[Overclockers] has done an amazing job at getting media attention on this. Bravo to them. Since I started this petition, the world wide support is pretty unanimous. I appreciate Gareth making known to me that even PC games are losing this basic feature and that is a step in the wrong direction. To Gareth I say nice job. Game on, gamer.”

No release date for the patch has been given, but considering Visceral's quick response and recent track record with fans, we expect it won't be put on the backburner.

Feb 8, 2011

[Source:, Joystiq]

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  • Landshark - February 9, 2011 7:05 a.m.

    It's good and all that they're doing this, but what about the total lack of DLC support for PC? The content is already in the game, and yet they have no plans on realesing it. Heck, we can't even get the Elite suits in PC. Do it now Vicseral.
  • Sy87 - February 9, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    Yay good thing for those that need customizable controls. No one should be denied to play games unless your criminally insane or in prison. Hehe
  • mrmorozov987 - February 9, 2011 3:22 a.m.

    Good for him. Developers can be so awesome.
  • BazyLastard - February 9, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    Um yeah. This is awesome. After the depressing article and comments on the Xbox 360 mom who wants MS to forgive the $1700 bill her son wracked up, this article restores a little of my faith in people.
  • DrWyrm - February 8, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    I said it once on the petition and I'll say it again. If ramps are required in public buildings then why can't custom keys be required in all games too?
  • TheDude97 - February 8, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    Also, I signed the petition
  • TheDude97 - February 8, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    Seriously Visceral, we need more developers like you, to actually have a developer reply on the forums, that is unheard of, along with the signed copy they sent to that gamer who had their 360 knocked over by a dog, that is truly awesome. Don't lose that attitude Visceral. Also, that disabled gamer Gareth is truly an inspiration, he makes me proud to be a gamer
  • Nin10DOH - February 8, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    I signed it, no one should be denied games
  • Brutalicus - February 8, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    And Visceral continues to approach Bioware/Blizzard levels of awesome!
  • rabidpotatochip - February 8, 2011 8:43 p.m.

    @Unoriginal - I guess melting the heart makes it easier to rip out. @AskACapper - If all it takes to get good PR is to simply do what customers want I look forward to more companies following suit. Grats on the successful petition by the way.
  • Migglez - February 8, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    Visceral: we produce great games, and people.
  • mockraven - February 8, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    I have a friend that I play some online games with who uses mouse and head tracking. He's an avid gamer and loves gaming. I still remember the time when he first got his rig set up years ago so that he wouldn't have to watch other people play without being able to join in. I'm sure he'll be just as happy to find out that this kind of stuff is getting more support.
  • EvilChicken - February 8, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    Really, this is awesome, I liked to see gaming industry take a part in this. Thank you Visceral, this does truly mean a lot that you are looking into this for me and a lot of other people in the gaming world.
  • AskACapper - February 8, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    unoriginal that was funny stuff.... @rabid the PR boost from this will be huge.
  • Unoriginal - February 8, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    Odd how the makers of one of the most brutal and horrifying games in recent years produce all these heart-warming stories. Signed the petition
  • rabidpotatochip - February 8, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    I've never actually played Dead Space but I'm halfway to buying a copy just to support Visceral.
  • mrlingo - February 8, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    Signed as well.
  • 8bitBaby - February 8, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    awesome. i signed that petition GAMES FOR EVERYONE! :D

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