Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 1:00 PM by Tim Bowers
For those of you who are unaware, Special Effect is a gaming charity that enables people of all ages and of all abilities to play games and find new ways to interact with their environment, and the outside world.
By adapting existing gaming consoles and peripherals, or creating entirely new ones to enable users play games in unique ways when they otherwise would be unable to, they have helped a phenomenal amount of gamers already.
Above is an example of one of the gaming set ups they have created, and was demonstrated with the game Portal 2 at this years Eurogamer Expo. The game is played using shoulder movements and feet to turn, shoot and move through the puzzle arenas, and is designed for users with limited movement or missing limbs. They also demonstrated the use of eye tracking technology (similar to the motion tracking of the Kinect hardware) to control a racing game, which was shown last year in an early form, but was back in force this year featuring the game Dirt 3.
See Tim Bowers interview Gavin, one of Special Effect’s volunteers, to hear more about their amazing work:
Visit www.specialeffect.org.uk for more information about upcoming fundraising events and how you can help support them.