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13 Sep 2019

Chris plays and the community raise

Wow, we’re lost for words here. We recently helped Chris, a gamer with muscular dystrophy, to max out his gaming and now his wonderful People Make Games community have launched a JustGiving fundraiser for us! Thanks guys!

Chris visited us because he was only able to hit a few of his controls. He’d already set up an adaptor to double up the buttons, but it still wasn’t giving him enough gaming freedom.

Our team tried a variety of tech, working with movements he was comfortable with. The solution that worked best was two separate joysticks for the left and right sticks on a velcro tray, combined with eight switches very carefully positioned where Chris could use them. It was fantastic to see him playing Hitman again - with a fish, his weapon of choice!

"Gaming is important to me because it gives me escapism and a feeling of freedom and agency that I don't get in my normal life,” said Chris on the People Make Games’ JustGiving page. “My visit to SpecialEffect has allowed me to continue to do that much more easily, I just wish I had gone sooner.”

“They spent a lot of time finding the best solutions based on their considerable experience helping people like me. The new controller has reduced the effort and frustration that had made me almost give up.”

“I’ll be able to play with my friend, whereas it had got to the point where he was playing and I could only watch."

It’s an honour and a pleasure to be able to help, Chris, and a HUGE thank you to Wil Cornish and the People Make Games community for your amazing support!

Below: Chris rocking Hitman 2 again

Chris in a wheelchair smiling and using his adapted setup

 

Below: Chris's adapted gaming setup

Close up of Chris's hands on his switches and joysticks

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