A group of gamers are using their gaming skills to raise money and awareness for charity Special Effect, which gives disabled people the chance to get involved with gaming.
The gamers are taking part in a marathon to draw people to their game on Twitch.tv, with promises of Hot Pepper game reviews for every £50 pounds raised.
Team Clocked, a team of six Sunderland gamers, do embarrassing renditions of popular songs on Guitar Hero as well as denouncing their own gaming abilities to have people come watch and laugh at them playing games very poorly, all in aid of a good cause.
The 24-hour game marathon is part of #GameBlast15, an event that uses social media to help keep funding the Special Effect charity.
Special Effect, which was founded in 2007, is a charity that gives disabled people the chance to get involved with gaming.
While the overall aim for the charity is to reach £100,000, the gamers set out hoping to raise a smaller but very respectable £200.
This comes after the gamers set an initial target of £100 in 2014 and raised £285. At the point of writing this, the gamers are just nine hours into the marathon, but have already smashed their target and sit just £6 short of £600.
Graeme Donkin, founder member of Team Clocked said of the charity: “I just came across it last year by chance more than anything but it left an instant impression on me.”
More than 50 companies from the gaming industry and more than 250 individuals and gaming teams from across the world are gaming in an amazing number of ways – from hosting their own 24-hour staff marathons to contributing to the prize give-aways.
Gaming can give an outlet to children with disabilities that is usually not available to them, purely due to the confusing and difficult nature of knowing what gaming devices and controllers are going to be compatible depending on the specific disability.
Dr Mick Donegan, founder and head of the charity, said: “I’ve worked in the field of disability and technology for many years and, time and time again, parents of children with disabilities and people with disabilities themselves kept saying that they found it difficult or impossible to access mainstream video games and leisure technology.
“There was nowhere to go for independent and expert advice and support to help them use technology to actually have fun.”
In 2009 Special Effect opened the UK’s first accessible games room for people with disabilities.
Team Clocked are still gaming live and showing videos of the work that Special Effect do at www.twitch.tv/teamclocked and are looking to help Special Effect bring the world of gaming to more disabled people all over the country. You can donate to their just giving page both during the marathon and also for weeks after the event to help this cause.
Donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/teamclocked2015 or by Simply texting TCGB85 and either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.
To enjoy any of the other gaming feeds from the marathon checkout #GameBlast15 on Twitter.#####