Blind player no longer able to follow in BGs

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He mostly plays with others in our guild, which is why the /follow being broken is so much of an issue.

It became an issue because he logged in today, ready to pvp after patching up and suddenly he couldn't.


I, like many others find the guy inspiring, and I really feel for him.
Maybe there are solutions out there though, this article came to mind.

World of Warcraft studio Blizzard Entertainment has paid tribute to a sightless player of the game and a user who helps to guide him with the release of two special items.

British soldier Ben Shaw, who was blinded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, continues to play the multiplayer online title as an Enhancement Shaman called Hexu with the aid of a Death Knight known as Davidian.

Davidian is controlled by a Scottish user named Owen, who uses a series of macros to guide his friend through the game. Hexu can perform raids, repairs and battles with his friend's assistance.

Blizzard has now introduced two special items to the game named after the pair - 'Hexu's Amplifying Helm' and 'Davidian's All-Seeing Eyes'. The items' respective descriptions read "A man with a friend is never without vision" and "Sharp enough to see for two men".


Hopefully a solution will be found, but in the meantime, maybe you could do a few things?

Is it possible to figure out a system of macros like these guys used (above)
Can he be guided by voice commands over Vent?
Perhaps you could try reaching out to the add on community, there are some very talented people out there and I am certain something else could be created to make it easier.
Edited by Arikara on 3/5/2013 8:47 PM PST
94 Night Elf Mage
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To quote Star Trek.
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

Don't blame Blizzard, Blame the players who abused the system, Multi boxers, Botters, or just plain lazy sods not willing to earn their honor.


In the following movie, Kirk, McCoy, Sulu, Chekov, Uhura, and Scotty risked their careers and lives to rescue Spock's body.

Why? Because they believed that the needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many.

In the process, they also ended up rescuing Kirk's son and a Vulcan scientist from Klingons, and in the movie after THAT, ended up saving Earth, and were only able to do so because they weren't on Earth when the Probe arrived.
Edited by Pounceykins on 3/5/2013 8:51 PM PST
90 Blood Elf Death Knight
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Hopefully a solution will be found, but in the meantime, maybe you could do a few things?

Is it possible to figure out a system of macros like these guys used (above)
Can he be guided by voice commands over Vent?
Perhaps you could try reaching out to the add on community, there are some very talented people out there and I am certain something else could be created to make it easier.


Thank you for the suggestions, but we already do many of these things to enable play in the first place. The fact is that /follow is forbidden to be called from the command line in BGs. The ability has literally been taken away.
90 Worgen Mage
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Because they believed that the needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many


Was slightly off so fixed it :)

Pounceykins: I cannot help other than to wish you luck, and that you remind me of an old saying "courage needs witnesses".

Toujours l'audace.
There is nothing to handle. Just as multboxers are a niche play style so is blind people playing the game. Blizzard can't support everyone's style of play and certainly not to the detriment of the entire community.

They can try.
90 Worgen Mage
8565
Xanzul: I submit to you that the loss of a player like this, is a detriment to us all.
94 Night Elf Mage
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03/05/2013 08:51 PMPosted by Zhenogre
Because they believed that the needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many


Was slightly off so fixed it :)

Pounceykins: I cannot help other than to wish you luck, and that you remind me of an old saying "courage needs witnesses".

Toujours l'audace.


Heh, actually just noticed it myself. ^^ Thanks, though. ^^

And luck in what?
The blind man should be able to play, if he can handle it.

/support
90 Worgen Mage
8565
And luck in what?


Everything.
90 Dwarf Paladin
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Blizzard should fix this up and put follow back in BG's. It's not like botters use the follow function anymore. Their AI has advanced
69 Undead Mage
0
How in gods name would a blind person pvp or quest or ... anything? This is 100% a visual game and there is no way you could play without seeing. This has got to be the best troll EVER.

Oh, wait, I think I might have seen your friend in game. He was running into a wall for about an hour in ORG.


And now the thread really derails....
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