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ChrisT99

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I love the Wii U, and I love its games. With all the third-party support, however, there is a big issue: Left-Handedness. I have a big motor skill disability that makes it hard to use my right thumb for fine movements, like with the camera on ZombiU. On the subject of ZombiU, the only reason that it was only even halfway playable for me was because it had an option to switch the Control Sticks around, so the camera control was on left and movement was on the right (referred to as left-handed control sticks setting henceforth). Due to the aforementioned reasons, I am asking you all a hopefully simple question: which Wii U games have a left-handed control sticks setting?

Any on-topic response would, as always, be very greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Cheaptrick

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Black Ops 2 has one called "Southpaw" setting for the lefties. I'm a lefty myself & used the setting on Black Ops 2.

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At the risk of coming off like a jerk, I think it's best you just get used to controlling movement with the left stick. Otherwise you are simply limiting yourself to what games you can enjoy. There is no inherent inability from being left handed, it is completely a mental and muscle memory thing that can be overcome with a bit of practice.

That said, I may just find it easy because as a lefty, I grew up with an N64 which for almost every single game required you use your left hand for movement.

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At the risk of coming off like a jerk, I think it's best you just get used to controlling movement with the left stick. Otherwise you are simply limiting yourself to what games you can enjoy. There is no inherent inability from being left handed, it is completely a mental and muscle memory thing that can be overcome with a bit of practice.

That said, I may just find it easy because as a lefty, I grew up with an N64 which for almost every single game required you use your left hand for movement.

You have valid points. In my case however it isn't the movement that's the issue, it is the camera movement.

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Cheaptrick wrote:

Black Ops 2 has one called "Southpaw" setting for the lefties. I'm a lefty myself & used the setting on Black Ops 2.

I don't play CoD, but I'm thing about getting Batman Arkham City or Assassin's Creed III? Do you know about either of those?

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Certain games like NintendoLand and Black Ops offer lefty controls. Honestly, I would just learn how to play with "righty" controls just in case you come across a game that doesn't have good lefty controls, or any lefty controls at all. I don't think you're really at a disadvantage because you have to use both thumbs anyway. My friend has adjusted to first person shooters on consoles AND PCs and he's pretty good. He was also forced to learn how to play his violin right handed in order to be in orchestra (so the bows would not collide), and ever since then he just tries to do things right handed when reasonable.

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ChrisT99 wrote:

You have valid points. In my case however it isn't the movement that's the issue, it is the camera movement.

The premise is the same. It all just takes getting used to, and avoiding it longer simply makes giving in to the change more difficult.

In things like tennis, or heck, Wii Sports tennis to a degree, handedness makes sense. On a game controller however, both hands need to do the same basic functions regardless of where movement and camera movement are mapped.

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PloXyZeRO wrote:

Certain games like NintendoLand and Black Ops offer lefty controls. Honestly, I would just learn how to play with "righty" controls just in case you come across a game that doesn't have good lefty controls, or any lefty controls at all. I don't think you're really at a disadvantage because you have to use both thumbs anyway. My friend has adjusted to first person shooters on consoles AND PCs and he's pretty good. He was also forced to learn how to play his violin right handed in order to be in orchestra (so the bows would not collide), and ever since then he just tries to do things right handed when reasonable.

I hope your friend doesn't stutter. The effects can be lasting if you're not ambidextrous by nature. King George IV of England suffered stuttering terribly throughout his life growing up being forced by his father to use his right hand instead of his dominant left hand.

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@Cheaptrick Thankyou for being the only person that understands why it is bad.

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@ChrisT99 Most games don't offer lefty controls because you'd have to stop moving to perform any button actions.

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@Sensei_PikPik If that was truly an issue, buttons would probably be moved to the back of controllers so both thumbsticks and buttons could be used at the same time.

Or some other solution that allows the same use of all buttons at once.

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willobee wrote:

At the risk of coming off like a jerk, I think it's best you just get used to controlling movement with the left stick. Otherwise you are simply limiting yourself to what games you can enjoy. There is no inherent inability from being left handed, it is completely a mental and muscle memory thing that can be overcome with a bit of practice.

That said, I may just find it easy because as a lefty, I grew up with an N64 which for almost every single game required you use your left hand for movement.

Um. so.......going from left-handed to right-handed is a skill that can be honed with practice??? Like juggling walruses???

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willobee wrote:

At the risk of coming off like a jerk, I think it's best you just get used to controlling movement with the left stick. Otherwise you are simply limiting yourself to what games you can enjoy. There is no inherent inability from being left handed, it is completely a mental and muscle memory thing that can be overcome with a bit of practice.

That said, I may just find it easy because as a lefty, I grew up with an N64 which for almost every single game required you use your left hand for movement.

Um. so.......going from left-handed to right-handed is a skill that can be honed with practice??? Like juggling walruses???

That's what I think people just think we can do. Sure I can always IMPROVE at using my right hand/thumb, but I can assure that for 99% of my life I'll lack the fine motor skills needed to control the camera in video games in my right thumb.

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willobee wrote:

At the risk of coming off like a jerk, I think it's best you just get used to controlling movement with the left stick. Otherwise you are simply limiting yourself to what games you can enjoy. There is no inherent inability from being left handed, it is completely a mental and muscle memory thing that can be overcome with a bit of practice.

That said, I may just find it easy because as a lefty, I grew up with an N64 which for almost every single game required you use your left hand for movement.

Um. so.......going from left-handed to right-handed is a skill that can be honed with practice??? Like juggling walruses???

That's what I think people just think we can do. Sure I can always IMPROVE at using my right hand/thumb, but I can assure that for 99% of my life I'll lack the fine motor skills needed to control the camera in video games in my right thumb.

Same for me, dude. Being a lefty prevents me from enjoying games like Kid Icarus: Uprising and Dillon's Rolling Westward. Not that I'm complaining because I'm not a fan of either of those.

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Would it be worthwhile to start a petition for this sort of thing? I for one think that us lefties need more representation in the gaming world.

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willobee

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Yes, but playing a game on a traditional controller does not inherently involve handedness. Particularly when talking about joy sticks. Both hands do the same thing, but you just need to think of which thumb controls what. It's a lot like inverted versus non inverted camera controls. It is just a bit of muscle memory that can be overcome.

I'm not trying to sound like a jerk, but as a lefty, I've found you only make your own problems by avoiding all things that are supposedly right handed. Im not saying all lefties should convert 100%, but for ai something like playing games? It's a trivial amount of effort to adjust.

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I understand where lefties are coming from even though I'm right handed. Anytime I try to use only my left hand for anything I feel totally uncomfortable and seem to have no coordination with it. But, unfortunately for those who are left handed the world is mostly right handed. I know it's a bummer.

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ChrisT99 wrote:

Would it be worthwhile to start a petition for this sort of thing? I for one think that us lefties need more representation in the gaming world.

Out of curiousity, did you start gaming with the Wii?

EDIT: Nevermind me, topic creator. I glazed over that you have a disability in your initial post. So I am a jerk.

That said, I do maintain that traditional gaming does not involve any handedness.

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ChrisT99 wrote:

Would it be worthwhile to start a petition for this sort of thing? I for one think that us lefties need more representation in the gaming world.

No. These online petitions never get anywhere.

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ChrisT99 wrote:

Would it be worthwhile to start a petition for this sort of thing? I for one think that us lefties need more representation in the gaming world.

I was actually thinking of creating a left handed gaming community website in the past but lost interest on it party because I'm played mainly on PC in the past & being a left-handed PC gamer is not that big of a handicap. I still got my old Steam community group called "The Lefty Gamers Club" for you to join. I'm hoping if there's lots of us lefties maybe we can have a voice in gaming.

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/theleftygamersclub

Kudos to Treyarch & Activision of catering to left handed gamers. Also to Razer for continuing to make ambidextrous gaming products.

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