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Ratchet Reaches Out: Kid Gets Playable Game Character

On Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's April 22 episode, Insomniac developers will unveil a digital version of 9-year-old James Westbrook for use in Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.

Westbrook, the victim of a car accident that left him paralyzed in July 2006, never lost his passion for playing videogames or the desire to design one of his own. James' father, SFC Gene Westbrook, was paralyzed himself when he was hit by a mortar at an American mess hall in Baghdad, Iraq two years earlier.

"We were immediately moved to do something special for the Westbrook family when we learned about their tragic situation and James' passion for videogames design," said Ted Price, Insomniac Games' founder and CEO. "...We've never inserted a member of the public into our videogames, and we think it's incredibly appropriate that James will be the first gamer to enjoy that unique experience."

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nix3752d ago

and yeah.. i needn't say the same for the game... the game already looks great!!! q:

lilwingman3752d ago

If you call being paralyzed lucky...

sajj3163752d ago

Props to Insomniac for doing this!

Anego Montoya FTMFW3752d ago

this is the best thing i`ve seen up here in a few days.
Insomniac is amazing.
More people need to do things like this,
it`s great for your soul/karma/mind/heart.
plus positive publicity it`s great for business.

Keep it up.
this in a way is Innovation.

Violater3752d ago

This is pretty damn cool.

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