How Quadriplegic Gamer Rocky Stoutenburgh Defied the Odds to Become One of the Best in the World


Though the accident happened in a blink of an eye, its effects will last forever for Rocky Stoutenburgh.

“I was at a graduation party actually and we left to go to my friend’s house. We were just hanging out and I started wrestling around with a buddy of mine and I got dropped on my head on a mattress and broke my back,” Stoutenburgh tells PEOPLE of the moment his life changed in 2006.

“I got airlifted to Ann Arbor hospital, and I don’t remember anything about the next couple of weeks. I was probably drugged up pretty good,” the 33-year-old from Detroit recalls. “I’m basically paralyzed from the neck down. I can move my shoulders, but that really doesn’t serve a purpose really.”

Stoutenburgh was 19 at the time and ready for the next chapter of his life. He had a job, a girlfriend, and regularly played ice

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PC Gamer plays: Mutazione, Dota Underlords, Superliminal, and Abandon Ship

Every month in PC Gamer magazine our writers assemble to recount tales of their latest adventures in gaming. Today we take a tour from Mutazione’s small-town charm to the rough waters of Abandon Ship. Enjoy!

Learning patience and kindness in Mutazione—Rachel Watts

When I first played Mutazione, I couldn’t quite gel with the rhythm and vibe it was going for. I’ve played plenty of chill games before, but I’ve never experienced anything as leisurely as this indie adventure. It calls itself “a mutant soap opera where small-town gossip meets the supernatural”, so I was ready for drama and tea to be spilled. What I wasn’t prepared for was to end up consoling a grieving cat lady in a melancholic garden I had grown especially for her. 

Gardening has been used as a gameplay and storytelling mechanic in many games. You raise plants and crops for money in titles such as

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