It’s always good to see innovations when it comes to accessibility in games. Every step forward helps someone else gain access to the hobby and art form that we all love to enjoy. Microsoft recently announced a number of new accessibility accessories (opens in new tab)and while the aim is to keep prices low, they still may not necessarily be affordable for many.
3D printing is another area that has made wonderful strides when it comes to accessibility. People design and create all sorts of amazing things, like prosthetic limbs, and when that suits the players, you end up seeing stuff like that. arm based on Venom Snake’s (opens in new tab).
Now accessibility and 3D printing meet again, but this time to play games, and if you have a 3D printer it can even help. seen by 3DP and me (opens in new tab), The Controller Project (opens in new tab) is looking for volunteers to help print and ship controller mods and parts to people in need. You can take a look at Volunteering FAQ here (opens in new tab).
Caleb Kraft (opens in new tab) who runs the controller project made the call on Twitter in March for volunteers. Controller Project was looking for anyone with a working 3D printer who could print any of the mods from the Controller Project website (opens in new tab)and also send them out.
Those who sign up will receive requests for specific mods to print, like this one PlayStation one hand controller mod (opens in new tab). These requests come from people who would benefit from the mod but don’t have the means to print it. It’s probably a good idea to do some test prints first on some mods to see whether or not your print setup is up to the task.
This means that it takes a little time, effort and money on the part of the volunteer, but for a great cause. Because of this, it is likely that The Controller Project is still looking for volunteers and also receives donations in the form of cash or game controllers to modify through the site.
While based in the UK, The Controller Project helps people all over the world. If you think you can offer your money, old controllers, 3D printing talent, or design skills for the project, it’s worth getting in touch, no matter where you are.