Designing Wheelchair-controlled Games for Kids

As part of a project that explores movement-based video games for people using wheelchairs, we teamed up with charity Go Kids Go to playtest our games.

This meant making our way up to Hull to attend Go Kids Go’s latest wheelchair skills training workshop, where we invited kids and parents attending the event to play our prototypes. Games included a skiing adventure developed as part of the university-funded project “Exploring the Value of Motion-Based Video Game Play to Support Persons Using Power Wheelchairs”, and a fantasy game created by our very own students as part of their course project for Advanced Games Studies.

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Besides gathering lots of valuable feedback on our games to support the development of the next iteration, we also took the first step in wheelchair skills training, were invited to a round of wheelchair basketball, and learned about challenges when teaching wheelchair skills, an area which could possibly be supported through games.

We would like to thank Roy Wild and Emily Ellington of Go Kids Go, and all the young people and families who welcomed us to their event and offered to support our research.

Look out for upcoming wheelchair skills workshops offered by Go Kids Go – we will be working with them to bring wheelchair-based video games to many more events throughout the summer.

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