Many of you may have despaired over the loss of BBC Three from your British TV set. Fortunately though, the internet is here to save it as it migrates over to digital distribution both from the BBC directly and on its own YouTube channel.
One of the first releases by the channel is one that you definitely should be checking out.
Titled “Bodyhack: Metal Gear Man”, this multi-part documentary follows the story of James Young. James was hit by a light-rail train in East London a few years back. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train collision led to the loss of his whole left arm.
Shortly after the incident, Konami ran an advert looking for an amputee for a special project. The aim of this project was to deliver a bionic arm in a very similar fashion to the bionic arm worn by Venom Snake in Metal Gear Solid V.
James was selected for this project, and this documentary follows James himself as he works to bring the arm to reality.
It’s a pretty incredible programme to watch and is an extremely good example of gaming doing good in the world. Nearly every console out there demands the dexterity of a two-handed person. Imagine how difficult it must be to play your favourite games with only one hand?
You can watch the the first part of the documentary above. On a slightly related note, I’d also like to take a moment to direct you towards a charity that uses games to help bring joy to those who wouldn’t normally be able to enjoy them.
That charity is called Special Effect. Visit them and support them if you can.