The British government has shown a rare sign of support for the video gaming industry. Prime Minister David Cameron is backing a stellar initiative in launching the United Kingdom’s first ever accessible gaming centre.
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The centre is in Witney, Oxfordshire. What makes it unique is that SpecialEffect, a children’s charity, runs it and it offers a hub where tech can be shared and tested with the aims of helping young people who have disabilities play video games tvjaya.com. This initiative will make games for disabled youngsters more accessible.
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Eurogamer was in attendance at the launch, where Prime Minister Cameron said: ‘The work of SpecialEffect brings together three things that I am passionate about: helping those with disabilities, the innovative use of technology and corporate social responsibility’. Cameron continued, saying: ‘This new centre will enhance the quality of life for some of the most severely disabled people across the UK and I will continue to support SpecialEffect as their local MP.’
SpecialEffects’ patron, Matt Hampson, was on hand to assist Cameron unveil the centre. You may recall the horrifying story of an England under-21 rugby player being paralysed during a scrum accident. That’s Matt Hampson. He said: ‘Like me, many other people with disabilities are interested to find out about the benefits of games and leisure technology for socialisation, rehabilitation and, of course, fun. Now they drop into a friendly centre and can see what it can do for them.’
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As an avid gamer who has read heartwarming stories about how it is a struggle to play games for disabled young people, the fact that Prime Minister Cameron is backing this is heartwarming. For all the rubbish we give the government about not doing enough to save the video game industry in Europe, particularly regarding local video game sales and development, it’s really nice to read about a politician who sees the good that can come from the industry.
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