Story of the week: Charity helps disabled gamer complete GTA V

Lee is a British gamer, but due to his spinal muscular atrophy, he was no longer able to play his video games. The Special Effect charity designed and developed a customised equipment setup for him, so he can control the game using his chin and his fingers. This allowed him to play and complete GTA V, something he thought he would never be able to do.

Modern gaming is quickly changing:

  • Classic controllers with joysticks are being replaced with motion control. (Nintendo Wii, Xbox Kinect, Playstation Move,…)
  • Gaming is becoming more mobile: people play games on their tablet or phone instead of sitting in front of a TV screen. A few next-gen games even come with a “second screen experience” so gamers can use their tablet or phone to play along in a console game. (Battlefield 4, Watch_Dogs,…)
  • Virtual reality creates completely new gaming experiences, such as with the Oculus Rift.

While all these advancements in technology greatly enhance the experience for the majority of gamers, it’s important to also think of gamers who may not be able to use these new technologies. Designing adapted user interfaces for them is a big challenge, but a very rewarding one. It’s amazing to see Lee being able to enjoy his favourite games again, and therefore we find the work of Special Effect remarkable.

Source: Kotaku



  1. I was blown away that this was possible. It’s a great idea to help those people enjoy something they still can do in life, I think it really would help them to accept their disability.

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