Cake
  • Log In
  • Sign Up
    • cwskopec

      I've been brought to tears by Microsoft, but in a good way. Since well before my son was born I've looked forward to sitting and sharing one of my favorite past times with him. After all, what gamer wouldn't want to play some co-op with their kids?

      As life has thrown us a continual string of curve balls, leading up to Wesley being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, that dream has felt increasingly unrealistic and, quite honestly, very much disheartening. Wesley fights through it all with an amazing attitude but at 2.5 years old has to fight for control of his motor skills on a daily basis. The thought of him one day picking up a controller and challenging me to a quick game of Madden before bed has looked improbable on the best days and downright impossible most days.

      But now that Microsoft has announced an adaptive controller, designed for people with limited mobility in mind, that dream is back. Feeling that dream come rushing back is overwhelming. I think he's still a ways off from being able to put this controller into use but in the meantime the hardware will continue to get better. I can't wait until he runs circles around me and shows his old man a thing or two about gaming.

      Some good videos in the Kotaku article: https://kotaku.com/microsoft-announces-new-controller-for-disabled-gamers-1826095787

      And an in-depth look at the creation (interesting so far, but I haven't managed to get through all of it yet): https://news.microsoft.com/stories/xbox-adaptive-controller/

    • Chris
      Chris MacAskill

      Oh my gosh, Chris, you and your wife have been such inspirations to us since Wesley was born. I have no way to know what emotions you, your family and Wesley go through, but the photos you share on Facebook have always moved me on a very deep level.

      Once upon a time I worked for NeXT Computer, partly to fulfill a dream Don had to meet his idol, Steve Jobs. NeXT was struggling to survive, but some wonderful people there found the time and money to be an exhibiter at a show for computing and the disabled. One year I invited my young son Don to come, hoping he would be good at demoing the various attachments we had to make computing more accessible.

      It was very intimidating for me because we had a parade of children and adults coming to the booth in wheelchairs, only able to push a device with their foreheads or puff air through a tube. I wished I was a doctor or nurse and could understand better how to help. We got some training but it was hard for me to remember it all. Would Don be able to understand and to be empathetic at his age?

      I will never forget when young boys with cerebral palsy arrived in the booth and this skinny kid in a NeXT T-shirt would greet them, help them with some sort of adaptor, and they would play a game together like Void. I would wipe away tears, The joy on their faces...

    • yaypie

      It's really cool to see Microsoft taking such a thoughtful approach to accessibility. And they didn't punt on the design either. That's a great-looking controller!

      It would have been so easy for someone at Microsoft to dismiss this project as unnecessary because nobody needs to play video games, but they seem to have recognized that everyone deserves to be able to play video games. I hope Sony and Nintendo are taking notes.

    You've been invited!