Meet Spencer Allen – A Gaming for Everyone Story

Meet Spencer Allen – A Gaming for Everyone Story


– Creativity is important
for me because it’s freedom. It really allows me to
think outside the box, and create things that people
haven’t created before. – And we’re so fortunate
that we live in a day and age when we have all this
technology that he can use. Those things that he has
available to work with now wouldn’t have been available 20 years ago. (soft music) – I’ve known Spencer since
I was like three years old. Grew up right down the street,
literally across the street. I would like run over here. We’d hang out and stuff. – As long as they’ve had
games out, we’ve been playing. – I mean, we didn’t stop playing Halo ’til like forever. (laughs) It was great. – I think that’s what
got me into it the most, the social aspect of it. I didn’t think about gaming
’til the adaptive controller came out, but once it became available, then it was always on my mind. – There was an ad that
came out and he saw it and it was right before Christmas, so we got him the
controller for Christmas. – I got the device, not
knowing, ’cause I’m not a gamer. I don’t know what any of the buttons do. And I got that thinking, okay, here it is. – There’s a lot of things to work out. When I originally saw the
one-handed joystick on Microsoft’s website, I didn’t
think it was gonna work for me because there was no
attachments that my hand could use. Nothin’ that was really sensitive
enough to play the games that I wanted to, like Halo
and games that require a lot of movement and a lot of button use. When I saw that there are
parts out there that work for that controller, that’s
when I was finally like, okay, this is pretty cool. I can build on this. I already had the shape
in mind, the U shape that I needed too, in mind
with metal ones at first, and they were just too heavy. It lead me to, well, 3D printing
is probably the best way for me to solve that problem. This is my first cut-out of the tray. Tried to model it as much as I could after the original controller. Then it just lead me to
step-by-step switching little things here and there to finally
getting to the point that it was working for me. I’ve probably made at least 15 different iterations of the joystick itself. Just the joy of playing games
again really kept me goin’. – After seeing it actually
cut out with the design on it, I was like, so many other people can use this besides Spencer. I was like, we gotta play some games, man. – This is something that
we can do together again. It’s been really nice. – I just love seeing him
be able to do fun things with his friends, you
know, all together again, just like they were before. – I’m not done with it yet, by any means. But once everyone that wants to game again, can. Then I’ll know I’m done. (upbeat music)

54 Comments on "Meet Spencer Allen – A Gaming for Everyone Story"


  1. Games are more than entretnaiment or money. Games are diferents worlds,stories,arts and most important, they teach us much things!!!🤠👍💚💛💙

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  2. I wish you the best in the future! Keep gaming and have fun, thank you xbox, this video made me happy 🙂

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  3. Amazing, thank you for helping people like this guy, Microsoft. I'm not like this guy, but I'm happy that you do more people play games.

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  4. Much respect to him cud it must be way harder losing the ability to use your body than simply never having the chance to.

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  5. If you look closely youl see the project Scarlett Dev concole in this video.

    DONT get excited though, dev consoles always looks different

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  6. My wife has cerebral palsy.. so every time we see the controller it brings us both joy knowing that people like her and Kids around the world have an opportunity to just play… yes Microsoft…. when everyone plays we ALL win! <3

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  7. Whoa, I was not expecting Microsoft to hit me in the feels today. They're happy tears, so it's ok. Thanks for sharing this with us! 😊

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  8. Fifty bucks says regardless of the controller he uses, he's far better at games than any so-called 'games journalist.'

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