Matt Hampson to launch SpecialEffect’s Record-breaking Challenge at this year’s Eurogamer Expo

Monday 19 thSeptember 2011: Matt Hampson, Patron of the SpecialEffect charity, is to attend this year’s Eurogamer Expo to launch two Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition attempts. The charity is using the event to create records for the fastest time lap time in a racing game using only eye-movement sensing controllers and the greatest number of people competing in a videogames tournament using only eye control technology .

Matt is a beneficiary of the kind of accessible technology being showcased at the EuroGamer Expo and is championing SpecialEffect’s work in enabling those with disabilities to access technology and enjoy games. Matt himself is paralysed from the neck down, following a serious spinal injury the England U21 Rugby Player received while training. Undaunted, Matt set up the Matt Hampson Foundation to offerhope, support and inspiration to young people with similar injuries, sharing his experiences and raising vital funds.SpecialEffect is a charity set up to adapt video game technology so that those with disabilities can enjoy them. Together with Matt, they have worked to optimise the leisure benefits of all kinds of accessible technology including the eye-control system that will be used to enter the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition.

Visitors to the EuroGamer Expo will need to register at the SpecialEffect stand and then set their time around the track using just their eye movement. The participant with the fastest lap time over the duration of the Expo will be crowned the new Guinness World Record holder and considered for inclusion in the next Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition.

The record attempts will showcase the advances SpecialEffect have made in designing and adapting technology to enable those with a disability or severe illness or injury to be able to play videogames, whether for therapy, rehabilitation or fun.

“I am delighted to be attending the EuroGamer Expo, not only to launch this record breaking attempt, but to show off the fantastic opportunities afforded by SpecialEffect and the team,” commented Hampson. “We want to use technology and game therapy to improve people’s quality of life, and SpecialEffect opens games to a wide audience of people who previously would not be able to take part. Games as therapy and entertainment are a force for good, we also extend our thanks to Guinness World Records for helping us to arrange the record attempts and the Eurogamer Expo – and hope that visitors to the Expo will join us in setting these all new Guinness World Records.”  

Matt Hampson will be available for a small number of filming and interview opportunities on Thursday 22 ndSeptember. To check availability please contact Kirsty Payne via kirsty.payne@mastertronic.com.  

Press slots available between 9am and 10am on Thursday before the show opens and 3pm – 4pm for interviews with Matt Hampson

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For further information contact:

Kirsty Payne

Kirsty.payne@mastertronic.com

Special Effect

Nick Streeter

nick@specialeffect.org.uk

01608 810055

About SpecialEffect - SpecialEffect is a charity dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games. For these children and young people, the majority of computer games are simply too quick or too difficult to play, and we can help them and their parents to find out which games they CAN play, and how to adapt those games that they can't. SpecialEffect work to help people with all kinds of disability, degenerative illnesses and disability following accidents or injury, enriching lives, building self-esteem, assisting rehabilitation and making a difference. Registered Charity No 1121004

Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement.  First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy.  Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer’s Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements. 

The Eurogamer Expo is the UK's biggest dedicated video games event, brought to you by the people behind Eurogamer - Europe's leading independent website for gaming news, reviews, previews and videos. The Expo features playable versions of the most anticipated games for this Christmas and beyond, and we also welcome the world's most talented developers, who present their work directly to the public in our massive auditorium.  Plus we have tournaments, great prizes, independent games, a retro zone and the GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair. The Eurogamer Expo runs from 22 nd – 25 th September 2011 at Earls Court, for more information visit: http://www.eurogamer.net/expo

 


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