The developer of the path of exile abrasive game and his community became the victims of an extremely stupid scam. In a post on the Legal Advice subreddit, a disabled person claimed that he was barred from entering the path of exile because he used POE Currency to help them play. The post sparked discussion and anger, and quickly spread on Reddit and social media.
A Redditor named Poelegalthrowaway00 wrote in his now-deleted post: "After an industrial accident, I cannot use my fingers with one hand and the other. This is a link to the thread image. They continue to explain They can’t play Path of Exile, because the game requires players to frequently use potions to maintain their lives. These potions are related to the number keys and need to be pressed every few seconds (although it depends on your specific character creation). I hit 4 keys on my body every few seconds, so I used a macro that automatically did this for me. "
The obvious problem here is that using these types of automated programs violates the terms of service for Path of Exile and most multiplayer games. Macros that automate certain tasks (such as when to activate healing potions) can be used to stop the game and gain a competitive advantage. In more complicated situations, you can use macros to play without any manual input, such as the infamous gold mining robot in World of Warcraft.
But using macros to help people with disabilities is a very different field. Like many ARPGs, there are many clicks and button operations in Path of Exile, the game moves at extremely fast speeds, and there are many actions on the screen. Except for some basic knowledge such as the ability to rebind keys, there are not a lot of built-in options that can help more viewers access the Path of Exile more easily. Some players even spare no effort to buy Chaos Orb to design specific character constructions for disabled players.