A gamer has been praised online after showing how he manages to play successfully with his disability.
Martin uses the TikTok handle @86hands on TikTok and Twitch to regularly show his more than 3 million followers liveplay and behind-the-scenes videos of his gaming.
This time, however, he’s also impresses Reddit, after viral videos resurfaced of how he handles controllers and a PC gaming setup. In just over a week, the post gained over 52,000 votes after being shared by a fan.
According to research firm Newzoo, around 30 percent of U.S. gamers identify as disabled and 20 percent of gamers in the U.K. do too.
Martin was born with no hands and as such is forced to make adaptations to how he plays in order to make it work for him.
Companies have improved accessibility in their device designs over the years, with products including the Xbox Adaptive Controller and Logitech Adaptive Gaming Kit, which include programmable buttons, along with various mouth-operated controllers. For Martin however, no new devices are needed.
For PC gamers, he uses an Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller, “but there are some times where I use my keyboard,” he explained. Martin added that he doesn’t use it often as it leaves him hunched over.
“I take my finger and on the mouse we go,” he said in the video. “On the keyboard I use my elbow and fingers and type around.”
Martin explained that he’s able to type around 46 words per minute, but a later video on his TikTok account showed him racking up 62 words per minute during a typing test.
“I guess that’s alright for someone with elbows pecking at the keyboard,” he said, adding that he has a foot pad under the desk.”
“I game everyday and I love it.”
Martin’s dedication to playing and making gaming accessible to himself has impressed many people online, as Reddit users recently discovered the videos and rushed to praise him.
“This dude is such a boss,” noted one user.
“Now this guy is a certified god gamer,” wrote another viewer.
One impressed user noted that “this is one of the reasons the internet changed the world.”
Martin’s gaming techniques don’t end there either, as he showed TikTok exactly how he is able to use an Xbox controller to game too.
“Left finger for the left trigger,” he explained in a video with over 2.6 million views. “Left part of the arm for the right trigger, my chin controls the left analog stick.”
“Depending on the situation,” either his right finger or chin controls the D pad, while “right finger against the right analog stick, right bumper and these buttons on the right side.”