Videogames are an interactive medium that cross all boundaries, with players from around the world able to play titles as a singular experience or online or locally. For those with physical disabilities playing videogames on standard controllers isn’t always possible, but with modern technology those barriers can be overcome. SpecialEffect is a gaming charity that looks to help those with disabilities play computer games and the team is showcasing its controller modifications at EGX this week.
If you have problems moving your fingers, the 25 controls on a standard video games joypad can literally be out of reach. SpecialEffect removes those barriers by adapting controllers, or making voice controls and switch interfaces. The customised gaming setups created by the charity are designed to suit the very specific individual needs of each person helped. At EGX 2015 the charity will be showing chin controlled Mario Kart 8, eye controlled Minecraft and virtual reality (VR) with eye control.
SpecialEffect was founded in 2008 by Dr Mick Donegan who has many years of practice-based work as a teacher and an assistive technology specialist. The charity has grown and now has teams of therapists and games technology specialists that travel the length and breadth of the UK to visit people who can’t make the trip to its Accessible Games Centre in Oxfordshire. Further information on the charity can be found here.
VRFocus will continue to report on all the latest new and announcements from EGX 2015 as it continues into the weekend.