It’s easy to take certain things for granted. When you get home from a hard day at work, you stick on your 360 or PS3 and within minutes you can be enjoying a pleasantly unhealthy dose of escapism; killing aliens or crashing fast, expensive cars.
And all this is likely done from a control pad or a motion controller. With little or no effort, you can visit distant moons, dark forests and desolate wastelands. Before long you will have forgotten all that the day has thrown at you.
But what if it wasn’t that simple? What if you couldn’t move your hands? If you were involved in an accident and all of a sudden couldn’t enjoy your favourite pastime, how would you feel? Come to that, how many people out there have been unable to play video games for their entire life – perhaps relegated to watching their brothers and sisters dominate their virtual enemies – and wish they could join in?
SpecialEffect is a charity that asks these questions every day, and seeks to find answers.