AbleGamers & Others Help Gamers with Disabilities like Arthrogryposis & Cerebral Palsy
Great story by Alfred Ng from Cnet about gamers with disabilities – and how companies like AbleGamers are doing what they can to support them and improve their ability to play video games regardless of their disability. BrolyLegs’ story is especially impressive, and the controller pad with relocatable and adjustable magnetic (?) keys is pretty wicked! (Video below.)
One in five gamers is disabled, according to a 2008 study, using games to improve their lives at home. For those who can’t leave their houses, games are a way to explore and go on adventures without going anywhere. Video games also offer a chance for players to be on an equal playing field, regardless of their disabilities. That’s one of the reasons Street Fighter pulled Begum in. People would give confused looks to Begum when they were matched up but then desperately scramble in fights once they started losing.
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