Quadriplegic takes video games to next level

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.

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BIoodmask4741d ago

to see that video games have had such a positive influence on a person with limited mobility.

This is just another great example of how video games can have a good influence on the industry. It is a could counter-argument against many people that seem to think that video games are responsible for violence in the world. My props to you Robert Florio. Keep your dreams alive.

ruibing4741d ago

Too bad the mass media tend to overlook these true, heartwarming stories. Instead they try to focus on the fears of their viewers by brainwashing them to the damage that video game does by through rehashes of Columbine and Virginia Tech.

mintaro4741d ago

totally agree, the media just doesnt seem to have an interest in what good can come out of videogames and how they can actually help

jcgamer4741d ago (Edited 4741d ago )

The best article I've read on N4G...Robert on...

mccomber4741d ago

Why can't the mass media latch onto gaming stories like this?