Powered to Game 2019

Published by Jan Heaney on

Powered to Game 2019


Neil Squire Society has organized, with some of our community partners, a gaming tournament for
people with disabilities, so its a chance for people
with disabilities to try some games, that are made in
Burnaby, at the EA studio with some technology, that is also
made here in Burnaby. So this is really just a chance for
us to bring gamers in, have them play our games, and show everyone
they can compete just like everyone else, and have a good time. Video games are the sort of
wonderfully unique medium that allow people to experience
situations that they might not otherwise be able to do. So having the ability play people on the
same level and experience, that same adrenaline rush and thrill
that you have is really wonderful. Technology really has the
opportunity to level the playing
field for people with disabilities. It gives them an opportunity to
fully participate and show that
everybody can game. So I came today because my son is
really into video games and it’s something I think that
I would like to do. So I thought this was a good
opportunity to be able to try different controllers, different games, and
it was pretty exciting and I beat him which is the first time I’ve ever
actually beat him at any game, so that was really cool. Working with EA and Microsoft, it really allows a chance for people,
that are sometimes behind their desks, to really see the impact of
their work and how it really helps people. Its fantastic! For people in the
community, just realising that if you’re disabled you can still
play video games. At Neil Squire, one of the key things they do,
through their Makers Making Change program, is provide people
with accessibility tech in order to do that, so us being able to show off
the software in the game side of that, Neil Squire gets to show off the hardware. If you got both of those things,
congratulations, you can play
video games. It was really fun, it was a really
good tournament. It was very competitive. It got me sweating
there, I was all tired by the end of it. I was repping my hometown team
of the Edmonton Oilers, so bringing them even a fictional
trophy was well worth the effort.


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