MLB 11:The Show Designed with Disabled Gamers In Mind
Sony Computer Entertainment is giving disabled gamers the chance to be virtual baseball stars in MLB 11: The Show thanks to Hans Smith. He’s paved the way his creation the Association for Disabled Virtual Athletes while playing himself as a rookie for the Cardinals in MLB 10: The Show. Because of Smith’s contact with the developer, MLB 11 : The Show includes a new difficulty level with one button control to make it easier for disabled fans to hit the diamond.
Smith, a 25 year old gamer with cerebral palsy, contacted Sony a few years back. Inspired by his passion for baseball, the Cardinals and The Show; SCE created a virtual version of him for the Cardinals line up.
“Here I am, a baseball fanatic who never actually played the game for real, but through this video game, I’ve been able to have the experience of playing the real game of dreams. There are so many people out there who are in wheelchairs but love sports. Because of that, I want to make it possible for them to have their dreams come true just like me. I know how exciting it was for me to finally play baseball. I want everyone to have that same feeling.”
You can read more on Smith’s inspirational story on ESPN The Life.