Facility Will Champion Disabled Gamers
Gaming charity SpecialEffect have been doing sterling work over the last few months, with founder Dr. Mick Donegan being named as our greatest gaming 'Angel' of 2010. This work has now come to fruition with the launch of the world's first Accessible Video Games Centre; designed to help develop and showcase new technologies that grant disabled and special needs gamers access to their favourite hobby. Prime Minister David Cameron was on hand to commission the new venture, and we have the full details below.
The Accessible Video Games Centre, based in Oxfordshire, will act as a hub for SpecialEffect to research and design new technology that opens up our medium to less fortunate gamers. They've already made huge advances in retinal control software, webcam-based peripherals and other major projects, and this latest venture should allow them to further improve their tech as well as demonstrating their wares to the public. Their work opens up the world of computing, internet and an entirely new social outlet for disabled and special needs gamers, and we applaud their efforts wholeheartedly.
Prime Minister David Cameron praised the new centre and SpecialEffect's hard work; stating that he would continue to support them in his role as local MP.
This new centre will enhance the quality of life for some of the most severely disabled people across the UK and I will continue to support SpecialEffect as their local MP. It’s also good to see SpecialEffect working so closely with the UK’s video games industry – it’s a great example of how even a small input from business can help support the fantastic work that SpecialEffect do.
This follows the successful launch of an accessible gaming suite in the Helen and Douglas House Children’s Hospice, Oxfordshire back in December. We wish them the very best.