A campaign by the mother of a ten-year-old boy who suffered an epileptic fit triggered by a computer game has persuaded a leading manufacturer to change how it vets its products.
When Gaye Herford heard her son screaming in his bedroom, she rushed in and found him rigid and twitching uncontrollably. Tests revealed that the fit, diagnosed as photosensitive epilepsy, had been caused by flashing lights on his Nintendo game console.
Mrs Herford won the backing of dozens of MPs who signed an early day motion in the House of Commons calling on manufacturers to screen games for characteristics that could induce fits. She has even persuaded Ubisoft, one of the world's largest manufacturers of computer games, to vet all its products.