Gaming charity SpecialEffect makes move on Windows Phone

Launches new app to aid gamers with disability

Gaming charity SpecialEffect makes move on Windows Phone

Already present on iOS, UK-based charity SpecialEffect – which uses video games and technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities – has just launched an app on Windows Phone 8.

The new app - designed to mirror the look of Microsoft's Metro UI - was produced for free by Des Gayle of Altered Gene Studios, with the charity claiming it will "spread the word about how it raises the quality of life for gamers with disabilities."

Gayle is himself a SpecialEffect ambassador, having taken part in fundraising events such as the British 10K run and several football matches.

Force for good

"With gaming getting bad press in some quarters it's even more important that we can increase our communication channels about how gaming can be a force for good," added SpecialEffect's communications officer Mark Saville.

"The app contains news, information and links to many wonderful video case studies that show how we're bringing families together through video games.

"It's targeting something that often gets overlooked – that people with disabilities have lives beyond simply ‘being disabled' and want to enjoy themselves with everyone else."

Founded in 2007, the last six years has seen SpecialEffect set out on a mission to utilise games technology to enhance the lives of people with a variety of different disabilities – from stroke sufferers to injured soldiers.

You can find out more about SpecialEffect on the charity's website.

You can download the new Windows Phone app here, or pick it up the original app for iOS here.

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