Tag: Video Games
The First Annual Gaming Accessibility Awards!
Rocky Stoutenburgh, a.k.a. RockyNoHands, has just made history yet again. The pro gamer was previously inducted into the Guinness World Records 2020 and Guinness World Records 2020 Gamer’s Edition, earning two different records in Fortnite while using a mouth-operated joystick. Now, according to a report from TheGamer, RockyNoHands has become the first quadriplegic gamer to be signed to a professional esports organization.
Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC) facilitates gaming for players with accessibility needs. While a forward-thinking device, the XAC isn’t without limitations. To get the most out of the peripheral, users must purchase separate triggers, switches, and other accessories. Doing this can get expensive, especially for those living on a limited budget. Logitech has a solution with its upcoming product: the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit. I recently participated in a conference call where I got to see what the Adaptive Gaming Kit is all about.
Quadriplegic ‘Halo’ Fan Builds Custom Controllers for Players With Disabilities
Players with quadriplegia are using neuroscience and video games to take on the world.
On a mostly sunny July afternoon in 2014, Chris Scott jumped out of a plane. For Scott, a thrill-seeking instructor at Skydive Long Island in New York, this wasn’t unusual. It wasn’t out of the norm for jumping partner Gary Messina, either. Known to friends as “Gary Go Hard,” the New York City corrections officer had been dropping out of planes since his teens.
Some VA medical centers have realized that helping vets get back in the game can also help with their recovery.
On a recent afternoon, 26 year-old Mike Monthervil sat in a small room filled with flatscreen TVs, virtual reality headsets, and squishy blue armchairs. He played the latest Need for Speed game on Xbox One.
He was visiting his recreation therapist Jamie Kaplan in his office at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a pretty impressive piece of kit, and though its uses in helping people with limited mobility game against are clear, it has a new mission. Microsoft announced today that the Xbox Adaptive Controller will be heading to a number of VA rehabilitation facilities around the country. There, it’ll be used in therapy for injured veterans and help them play games again.
Microsoft has partnered with the VA to get the Xbox Adaptive controller into those VA rehab centers. At first, Microsoft will supply controllers, consoles, and games to 22 VA medical centers across the country, with the goal of reintroducing gaming to veterans who have suffered amputations, spinal cord injuries, or neurological injuries.
A new electromyography biofeedback device that is wearable and connects to novel smartphone games may offer people with incomplete paraplegia a more affordable, self-controllable therapy to enhance their recovery, according to a new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico.
Electromyography (recording electrical activity of muscles) biofeedback has been shown to enhance recovery of muscle control in people with incomplete spinal cord injury.
Injured in a motorcycle accident, Alvaro Blanco is now able to play video games with something called a Quadstick.
After a motorcycle accident injured his spinal cord, Alvaro Blanco was no longer able to use his hands and feet to control his favorite racing game — but that wasn’t about to stop him from playing. Now, Alvaro uses a special controller known as a Quadstick to play GT Sport using only his mouth.
Microsoft’s Xbox division scores another high mark, but not for acquiring another studio or adding another game deal to its holiday season shopping list this year, rather for its recently released Xbox Adaptive Controller.
According to Time Magazine, Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller is amongst the magazines fifty Best Inventions of 2018.
For people with limited hand and arm mobility, it can be tough to play video games, which are generally controlled using small buttons and joysticks.