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Fear of death and will to have fun keep me motivated: Gamer Udit Agarwal

The 31-year-old Udit won't let a disease kill his gaming spirit

Santanu Basu 4 January 2018, 7:41 PM
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Udit was diagnosed with a rare disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was only four

Udit was diagnosed with a rare disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was only four Image: Udit Agarwal

Udit Agarwal is a rare gamer. He is confined to his bed and breathing through a ventilator. He can only use his fingers, toes and voice to control a computer. But that hasn't stopped him from playing games and winning.

Udit was diagnosed with a rare disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was only four. It is a non-curable disease that affects progress. It results in muscle degeneration, making the person slow and completely immobile eventually.

But the 31-year-old Udit won't let a disease kill his gaming spirit. He has finished playing over 100 games, including Watch Dogs, Call of Duty, Far Cry 2 and Need for Speed Most Wanted. He has played online games like Hearthstone as well. Udit keeps away from online fighting games, though, as he knows he can't move as fast as his rivals. He has difficulties playing in winter, as his hands and feet get cold and stiff.

Udit, who lists actor Christopher Reeve and physicist Stephen Hawking as his biggest inspirations, says his biggest hurdle is “making the voice commands app understand me”. He adds, “I have difficulty making fast movements, having to adjust the feet mouse often and difficulty aiming quickly.”

With a mouse in hand and two more tied to his feet, Udit once spent 13 hours playing WWE Smackdown vs Raw and finished the game at one go.

He says “the hope of getting cured, the fear of death and the will to have fun” keeps him motivated.

So, what does he do to have fun, besides playing games. Well, just like any of us, he loves eating, watching films and TV, and listening to music. So we got him to list some of his favourite things for us.

Udit Agarwal
Udit uses voice commands and mouses tied to his feet to play

Favourite games

Mass Effect 2 and Withcher 3.

Favourite food

Phuchka, momo, paneer tikka, vada pav and pizza.

Favourite candy

Altoids Peppermint, Swiss Navy Strong Mints and Ice Breakers Coolmint

Favourite movies

The Fundamentals Of CaringMe Before You, Your Name, Serendipity, Sweet November, 500 Days of Summer, My Sassy Girl, Bridge To Terabithia, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na.

Favourite TV shows

Firefly, How I Met Your Mother and House M.D.

Favourite songs

David Guetta's Titanium ft. Sia, Armin Van Buuren's In And Out Of Love, Sting's Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix), Michael Jackson's Black or White, They Don't Care About Us and Smooth Criminal, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Afreen Afreen, Adnan Sami's Barsaat and Lift Karade, and Guzaarish from the film Guzaarish.

Favourite anime?

Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fate/Stay Night, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dragon Ball Z and Midori Days.

Udit's will power has won him fans across the gaming world. International gamers like Reynad (Team Tempo Storm, US), Yozek (Team Navi, Ukraine) and Vin Chew (Malaysia World Cyber Games Asia champion) came together to wish Udit on his birthday last year.

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