Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs bring gaming to veterans with diabilities

Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs bring gaming to veterans with diabilities

[MUSIC]>>My name is Michael Monthervil, a retired Army Specialist. I served as an infantryman, 11 Bravo. I deployed in Afghanistan back in 2013. We just went on one morning to do some exercising, and while sprinting backwards, I tripped and landed on my neck which fractured my spine.>>When I first met Michael, it was within days of his initial injury.>>Jamie introduced himself and from that day on, we would just talk about video games. I’ve always been a big gamer. The fact that I lost most of my finger dexterity, I wasn’t able to hold a controller. I would just kind of get frustrated.>>Our job as therapists is to modify and adapt what people like to be able to do. So I heard about the Adaptive Controller. The first day that it was available on the market, we had ours. Microsoft has been phenomenal, not only from the standpoint of where they’re providing equipment but also just in the general support. They’ve provided staff from Microsoft to come and help the VA with the patients and explaining the Adaptive Controller. [MUSIC]>>When Jamie hooked me with the adaptive controller, I picked up Mortal Kombat. I play with my brothers a lot, and it was just so easy to put in those combos. And he called me he’s like, “Dude is that you playing on the other side? Because you’re pretty good and I know your hands don’t really work that good,” and I’m like, “Man, yeah, you should see this thing.” For him to find out that I have something now that I can play with him competitively, it was awesome.>>A lot of times our patients will say, “Well this arm is dead.” and we have to get them to believe it’s not dead. So having the Adaptive Controller with oversized buttons where they don’t necessarily have to use their fingers, but can use the palm of their hand or can use their wrist allows him to see, well, it may be injured but it’s not dead.>>You always limit yourself to once you think you can’t do something, but once you start doing it, you’re like, “Oh, man, I can do this, and I’m actually good at it.” I’m happy the way I am now, you know, I love myself. I look forward to continue striving and being alive. [MUSIC]

9 thoughts on “Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs bring gaming to veterans with diabilities

  1. Brought this some time ago for newphew and he love it, thank you Microsoft and special thanks Mark and Daniel for taking the time to reserve this when I arrive to USA back then, if you ever read this you guys are great friends and great people

  2. Awesome! I'm 51 now and I learned how to play video games at the arcade. I had Atari and the very early Nintendo systems. My old fingers don't wrap around these new controllers with the extra buttons. I'd love to have an adaptive controller so I can go head to head with my kids. Even the ship had massive trackball controllers and big buttons on my consoles.

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