In today's blog post, we'll be talking about something we at The Chinese Room are passionate about, and an organisation we're very proud to support: SpecialEffect.
UPDATE: the signed vinyl auction is now up! You can go bid on it - with all proceeds going to a great cause!
In their own words:
"SpecialEffect is a charity that puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, they’re finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.
But they’re not just doing it for fun. By levelling the playing field, they’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and quality of life.
At any one time the charity is helping hundreds of people on an individual and ongoing basis across the UK. They also have an increasing global influence via online support to individuals and through collaboration with an increasing number of hardware and software developers.
See the stories of how they’re transforming lives on their YouTube channel"
On 15th July, SpecialEffect is organising One Special Day, a event that will see companies from across the games industry (including The Chinese Room) donating 100% of that day’s sales of one or more games, advertising revenue, in-app purchases, DLC or income from a dedicated activity or promotion.
As part of the event, they are also holding an online auction of rare and collectable gaming merchandise, due to commence on 8th July, in which we've contributed a signed Everybody's Gone to the Rapture vinyl, signed by the one and only Jessica Curry, who composed the soundtrack!
All the proceeds will be channeled into the work that SpecialEffect do to help gamers with disabilities. Gamers like Tom, a 26 year-old who has spinal muscular atrophy and very little movement in his fingers.
"With SpecialEffect's help I was able to play for the first time in years,” he said, "And nothing can describe the feeling that gave me. So many things in life are limited because of my condition, but when I play a video game I'm in a world where the only limits are the ones I allow to be there."
SpecialEffect CEO Dr Mick Donegan said, "We’re honoured that the games industry are being loud and proud about supporting our work in helping people with all kinds of physical disabilities to play video games. Games are an amazing medium through which people make friends, socialise and come together for a common cause. With the help of the funds raised through One Special Day, we can extend a gaming welcome to people who would otherwise be excluded."
Join us in helping games to be more inclusive and to bring our favourite hobby to all gamers, regardless of their disabilities, by spreading the word on Twitter (@onespecialday16, @specialeffect), on Facebook and by donating to SpecialEffect's JustGiving page: