A Just Giving page has been set up this week for donations to my game-a-thon for SpecialEffect over the weekend of the 22nd October on my Xbox and PC. This time I’m joined by my pal, Stu, and I’ll be on various multiplayer games such as Gears 3, Halo and Left 4 Dead. If you’re able to donate then I thank you from the bottom of my geeky little heart.
In October 2010 I played Halo Reach for 24 hours to raise money for Special Effect, an amazing charity that helps make gaming accessible to people with disabilities. Thanks to the extremely kind donations from friends, family and strangers, I raised £600 which helped Special Effect build a loan library of modified controllers. This year I’d like to do it all over again and see if we can rustle up some more pennies for all the good work they do.
Following on from my article about the work of gaming charity SpecialEffect, I wanted to do something more proactive to help. Even on the train home from the Eurogamer event my mind was churning over ideas to raise funds for them somehow and so I decided on gaming for twenty-four hours, roping in a few friends and family to help me out, with the aim of donating a final total to the charity of around £150. I picked Halo Reach as my game of choice because it would seem like a challenge. I’m not the most highly skilled Spartan and I tire of the game itself after only a couple of hours so it would be a real slog.
Nestling amongst the latest upcoming titles being displayed at the recent Eurogamer expo was a row of monitors belonging to a small charity called SpecialEffect. As excited as I am about the likes of Fable 3, it’s my brief experience on the charity’s games that was the most memorable moment of that weekend for me. I tried a game first that was controlled using two joysticks and the second game, a racer, that was guided using my eyes only. The retina-tracking technology behind this was astounding and something I had never encountered before. After some quick configuration I was steering the car simply by looking in the direction I wanted it to go. Although I crashed and burned too much for my liking (a lot like my standard driving with an Xbox controller to be fair!) it was genuinely fun.