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A story on Asylum.com tells the story of Randy Fitzgerald, aka NoM4D, a 30 year-old aspiring game designer who is a professional gamer in spite of being paralyzed from the neck down since birth. They tell the tale of him overcoming this at the age of three as a Pac-Man prodigy playing with his chin to his leadership of a the gaming team EOG (Equal Opportunity Gaming). Randy plays using his lips and chin, "I've got a lot of facial movement," he explains. "I can do Jim Carrey–style expressions with my face. I can get to hard-to-reach buttons with my lips." He has also worked with peripheral companies on controller designs, and there are games like Call of Duty 4 that feature "Nomad" control schemes, though his controller of choice is a flaky prototype that sometimes leaves him unable to compete when it fails. It's a very inspirational story. "The first time I played a video game was the first time I ever had real control over something," says NoM4D. "It was my first real taste of independence. 'Hey this is something I can do on my own. I don't need Mom or Dad or my brothers or sisters to sit here and help me. I can sit here locked away in my room 24 hours a day and do this'." You can see videos of Randy in action on his YouTube Channel. Thanks Ant via Digg.
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