|3. ACCESSIBLE GAMINGÂ Â
This is fantastic.
Pictured above is the brand-new, just-announced-yesterday Xbox Adaptive Controller.
You can read about itÂ on the Microsoft websiteÂ (and you should – the amount of care that has gone into creating this thing is plain to see).
Gaming is a HUGELY social activity. I never shy away from the fact that I game with my friends, online, on the mic, at least once a week – and I’m OK with it. As I overheard one of my mates say to his wife off-mic as he was laughing at a joke ‘Yeah, what? It’s like being down the pub but I’m here, yeah?’ – brilliant.
Gaming can be a solo venture too. Escapism. But that can only go so far. Enabling gaming for people that previously would’ve struggled or, worse yet, had enjoyed it but now couldn’t, is a phenomenally progressive move from Microsoft.
It is exciting and inclusive.
The charity our gamer group supports, Games Aid, has been helping create joypads for disabled children for years -Â from scratch. To have one of the major hardware manufacturers get onboard with this so publicly and with meaning is – as I said – fantastic.