Joe’s GameBlasting to win

“It’s life-changing, and my way of giving something back.”

Joe, a young man with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is looking forward to powering through his 12-hour video GameBlast marathon this weekend despite his very limited physical abilities.

Although he can’t use a standard games controller or keyboard, he can still enjoy the excitement and inclusion of video games because of a customised tech setup put together by the SpecialEffect.

Joe’s one of hundreds of video gamers across the UK and beyond who are uniting to play games this weekend – to help people that can’t.

They’ll be playing as part of SpecialEffect’s annual GameBlast weekend, a festival of sponsored gaming marathons and events that takes place in a multitude of bedrooms, lounges, village halls, colleges, studios and boardrooms, all with the aim of raising £100,000 to help the charity transform the lives of more gamers like Joe.

Below: Joe playing Rise of Nations on his PC using an adapted control setup recommended by SpecialEffect. 

Joe playing a video game on a PC

“I’m playing because I know what a big difference SpecialEffect make to young disabled people’s lives,” said Joe.

“I was finding it very difficult to use my computer because of my disability so they came to assess what specialised equipment I needed. They managed to get me playing games again.”

“Everyone’s GameBlast19 challenge will help SpecialEffect find new ways for people with disabilities to play – the expertise, assessments, equipment and lifelong support that brings joy, self-confidence and a degree of independence into the lives of hundreds of people. It’s life-changing, and my way of giving something back.”

Joe will be gaming on Friday 22 February and you can sponsor him at before, during and after his challenge.