Anyone who thinks video games are a waste of time might have a change of heart when they hear Robert Florio's story.
Controlling a character on a screen is more than a vicarious escape for Florio, 25, of Glen Burnie, Md. It's a way of moving again, something he barely has been able to do since a diving accident 11 years ago made him a quadriplegic.
After a year of therapy left him frustrated and still bedridden, he turned to video games, which he controlled using a mouth-operated device.
As Tiger Woods swinging for the green, Florio felt as though his body was miraculously restored. He soon decided to be a game designer and make titles that disabled people could play as well as anyone else.