Gamer With Cerebral Palsy Gets Custom Made Controller By Playstation Employee
College student Peter Byrne has had a difficult time using his Paystation 4 controller due to the fact that he is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. That is, however, until Playstation employee Alex Nawabi custom built him a new one.
Byrne wrote to Sony explaining his condition and the issue he was having. Byrne wrote saying his left hand was constantly brushing against the Playstation’s’s touchpad, located in the center
of the controller, which would inadvertently pause games he was playing. Within days, Nawabi, a member of PlayStation’s Research & Development team, had sent Byrne a package: a specially modified Playstation 4 controller, featuring a disabled touchpad. To replace that functionality, Nawabi installed a new, extra “pause” button.
It should be noted that the controller wasn’t an official PlayStation project; Nawabi was just helping Byrne out in his spare time.
You can check out a video of the controller in this News 12 article.
Minecraft Changes its Gameplay in a Big Way
Mojang, the developers of the hit game Minecraft, has changed the way their game is played with their newly released update for the game. Update 1.9, known as the Combat Update, has not only brought dual wielding to the game, but has expanded the final level as well, among many other things. For those who have never played it before, Minecraft is a survival game that allows player to collect resources and build equipment in order to survive in a world filled with monsters.
Before the update, you’d only be able to hold one item at a time. However, now you will be able
to hold two items at once. This allows players to not only hold a shield in combat, but hold torches while mining as well. Another big change to the combat is a cool-down effect for attacking. In the past, players would spam the attack button as fast as they could, but the new cool-down effect stops this. The damage you inflict on enemies is now determined by cool-downs: the faster you swing, the less damage you do.
The final level, called “The End” has been updated as well. In the past the final boss of Minecraft sat in a room waiting to be found. With the new update, however, “The End” has now been extended to become “End City”. “End City” is found on infinitely generating floating islands around the central island where the boss is located.
With the update comes many more new features, such as new types of arrows, skeleton riders, and igloos. For a detailed list of all the features in update 1.9 click here.