Gamers Gift on KCRA 3 News

For six months, the charity organization GamersGift has been using the HTC Vive and other virtual reality headsets to change lives for seniors and children trapped in unfortunate circumstances. Learn more at http://www.gamersgift.org/

 

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In 2009, a close friend of ours was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenuous Leukemia, a form of cancer that required an extensive stay in a local children's hospital.  With the inability to walk or even stand, his activity was limited. His only escape from the stark reality he faced was plugging in his PS2 and escaping to a world with more adventure than his. 

 

Gamers Gift is a nonprofit that aims to use Video Games and other electronic media to alleviate some of the psychological stress caused by prolonged hospital stays. 

 

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Gamers Gift Non-profit freatures on KCRA 3, the largest news channel in Sacramento, Stockton, and Modesto. Gamers Gift is a video game charity created by high-school students who believe playing games and using virtual reality can allow people to have an extra lives.

 

We have also used the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR for other outreach events, but the new HTC Vive allows full immersional.

The Story Behind Gamers Gift - The Power of Video Games #1

The Story Behind Gamers Gift - The Power of Video Games #1

Thing is, two kids in a room, one with cancer, and the other with a best friend who has cancer, isn't very fun. We tried the basic visitor activities, puzzles, books, and whatever else the nurse recommended. 

That just wasn't going to cut it, I wanted our old smiles back. And where did our old smiles come from? Video Games.