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oprainfall | One Special Day

Some of the biggest names in the gaming industry came together today with their communities to help transform the lives of disabled gamers all around the globe. They came together to raise money for the gamers’ charity known as SpecialEffect. The event is known as One Special Day, and this marks its third year.

One person already helped by SpecialEffect, is a young gamer named Chase. He suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy. His mother, Nikki, commented on how much it has meant to them:

“Gaming is a huge part of our lives and I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it is that Chase can game thanks to SpecialEffect.”

 

 

oprainfall | Special Effect

 

According to the press release, over 50 partners from all across the gaming industry were involved. PC and mobile partners were donating a day of their UK revenue, or in some cases corporate donations. The goal is to help more of the most disabled people be able to lose themselves in the fun and inclusion of video games.

The Humble Store launched a promotion last night to go alongside the One Special Day Humble Bundle. Other fundraising events are taking place across the UK today as well. If you’d like to help, its not all over yet. The One Special Day Humble Bundle is still going until October 2nd. You can also find out more about One Special Day and SpecialEffect at the official website. It also has a list of all of the gaming companies that partnered up with SpecialEffect today to do good and create a very special day for disabled gamers like Chase.

 

 

oprainfall | One Special Day

About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in his late 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES, SNES, and N64 among others. He loves Nintendo, but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks/bike rides, loves animals, and enjoys thunderstorms (and science in general).

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called Pre-Computer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode (a bare-bones version of BASIC) which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer, which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the Unity 3D game engine (a powerful and easy-to-use engine) and learning 3D modelling in Blender.

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.