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06 Mar 2019

Brendan takes control

What was the most requested video game for our service delivery team in 2018? The answer is FIFA, and here’s just one example of how we helped one young gamer to play EA’s best-selling football game…

Like many teenagers, Brendan loves playing video games. And, like many teenagers, his two great gaming loves right now are FIFA and Fortnite. He loves them almost as much as he loves his football team, Aston Villa.

But Brendan was born with cerebral palsy, a physical condition that affects movement and co-ordination. He loves to game against his brother but struggles to reach the trigger buttons on his PS4 controller. This means he's limited when sprinting in FIFA or shooting in Fortnite.

Brendan’s family contacted us to see if we could help and occupational therapists Nomi and Cam went over to see what they could do to overcome Brendan’s trigger difficulties.

Nomi and Cam watched Brendan play with the standard PS4 controller, listened to what he told them about the difficulties he was having and tried out various options as an alternative. Brendan fed back as he tried out the various options and was delighted with the end result. Nomi and Cam set up two lightweight buttons on the touchpad which Brendan could press easily while using the left stick to move.

Below: Brendan playing FIFA with his adapted gaming setup

Brendan smiling and playing a video game

Our solution enables him to continue moving and playing without rotating the controller to try and press the back triggers. And because of the non-progressive nature of cerebral palsy, Brendan is likely to be able to use this setup for the foreseeable future.

This’ll make a huge, positive difference to him when he’s playing his favourite games. He just needs Villa to get promotion to the Premiership and he can use his new setup to sprint them to victory after victory. Good luck with that Brendan 😉

We rely entirely on donations to enable us to keep helping disabled gamers like Brendan. Donations from our brilliant supporters – you - who understand the importance of enjoying digital gaming and the fantastic feeling of being able to join in.

If you’d like to help us reach more disabled gamers in the coming months, please pop over and make a donation to our work at https://bit.ly/2EPdojH

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