Sony has added a one-button gameplay mode to MLB 11: The Show due to a request from 25-year-old baseball fan Hans Smith who has cerebral palsy.
According to a report on ESPN, the Association for Disabled Virtual Athletes mode will allow gamers with disabilities to throw the ball or swing the bat with a single push from a button.
Smith, who appeared in MLB 10, said the new mode will allow those with disabilities to live out their fantasies of playing baseball virtually since they are unable to do so physically.
“Here I am, a baseball fanatic who never actually played the game for real, but through this video game, I’ve been able to have the experience of playing the real game of dreams,” said Smith.
“There are so many people out there who are in wheelchairs but love sports. Because of that, I want to make it possible for them to have their dreams come true just like me.
“That’s what the Association for Disabled Virtual Athletes is all about. Some organizations for disabled people aren’t available to everyone — you have to live in a big city. Plus, you still run the risk of getting hurt. But with a virtual organization, you can adjust the settings to whatever you want. If you can’t do anything but push one button, then you can control everything else via the artificial intelligence. This levels the playing field for people who are otherwise outside the sports arena.”
MLB 11: The Show is slated for release in March on PSP, PS2, and PS3. The first gameplay trailer for it was released earlier in the month.