One of the main things that really caught my attention at GDEX 2016 last weekend was the booth run by AbleGamers Charity. I am always open to learn more about non-profit organizations like that. I have always said to my family that if I ever had the money to start it, my dream would be to open up a non-profit organization to rescue dogs from death row at various pounds and train them to help people with disabilities and also those who are trying to have a second chance at life and don’t deserve to be euthanized. I think the reason why is because my sister has disabilities herself and I know she is always open to get help when she needs it. Although she doesn’t play games like I do, I know that the controller I tried last weekend would help her in many ways beyond video games.
I wanted to spend time with it and try it myself, so we waited for the unit to be available while chatting with some of the individuals working the booth. The controller had four buttons that are a lot like the buttons on the Guitar Hero guitars. The buttons were also different colors to help differentiate them. The demo they were showing off this control scheme with was Rocket League. The controls were a lot easier to use than I was expecting. In fact, I was even able to score a goal having only spent a few minutes with the input device, so it was also very easy to learn and get comfortable with.
It is great knowing that a controller is out there like this that is this adjustable and free moving. The buttons can literally be moved around and placed anywhere on the person’s body if need be. They did a good job really showing how a controller such as this would be able to help almost anyone be able to enjoy a video game and become passionate about gaming. They had different items you could purchase where all of the proceeds went to the AbleGamers Charity, so I bought myself a great shirt.
They deserve to have all the recognition they can get. This is so selfless and great for so many people with any number of disabilities that may prevent them from truly enjoying a game. I know for myself I take the games I play seriously and eventually find myself wrapped in the games world where I am able to escape reality, so offering that kind of happiness to other people that may not be able to experience that without a different type of controller is amazing. I followed them on all Social Media platforms that they are on and I will definitely keep my eye out and help in everyway I can. If you’d like to learn more about the AbleGamers Charity, check out their official website, and try to catch them at one of the upcoming events they’ll be attending. Keep up the amazing work!