From : Dethurga
Subject : Q2: Mobility & You
There's something about Quake 2 that's been nagging me for the last little
while. I've been kept up at nights worrying about this issue, and I think
it's time something was done about it. This thought occurred to me once
whilst I was waiting for QBSP to laugh at my ever-futile mapmaking attempts.
Have you ever noticed that Quake II's levels are not wheelchair-accessible?
I mean, there ARE elevators, teleports and occasional ramps to taunt the
handicapped, but most levels are simply unreachable to those who cannot
I'm sure by the time portrayed in Q2, the Marines will be accepting the
significantly visible minority of our handicapped population. Sending them
to Stroggos would be quite dangerous for all concerned. Can you imagine how
unfun the single-player version would be if Bitterman & Pals had a mobility
impairment? "Gee, there's a ledge without a ramp to get to it. We're
doomed." Not to mention the handicap-loving native Strogg! Although most of
THEM have the luxury of legs, some (such as the big-tank-wheelie-thing) have
special needs that must be addressed.
We went about attacking the Strogg the wrong way. What Earth should have
done was to fine each Strogg facility for providing inadequate wheelchair
access. Paying these fines and retrofitting access would surely bankrupt
the Republic (?) of Stroggos. I believe that wandering around, finding and
documenting violations would be just as fun as shooting the poop out of
Strogg and each other.
Strogg is not the first shining example of such inconsiderate boobery.
Quake I? Stairs, stairs, stairs.
Doom? Ditto. You can't even HAVE slopes in Doom (True, in some spinoffs
slopes were available, but not necessarily implemented). In retrospect, the
Doom boy can't even hop...he sorta stumbles up the stairs.
Wolf3D (and its copycats) was the only environment that gave the
differently-abled the same footing as the regular joe. (Ironically Wolf3D is
set during WWII:The Sequel, and interestingly, during the time the United States
was ruled by a man confined to a wheelchair by polio: Roosevelt!) Flat flooring
all over, with zany elevators to connect it all.
That being said, I'm hoping Carmack & Pals and all the mapmakers out there
can remember in the future, that wheelchair drivers are people, too, and
must not be excluded from the fun that is Quake. Slap in that slope!
Func_Train that elevator! Then we may ALL benefit! Have you ever SEEN a
wheelchair going down a staircase? It ain't pretty.
In Q2, we never see any of the Strogg parking lots...but I'll bet that the
handicapped spaces are at the FAR end. (Illegal parking setup, $200 added