MLB 11 The Show arrived on Tuesday, bringing with it a set of controls and options designed to include disabled gamers. The association for these gamers, begun by a 25-year-old college student, also launched on Tuesday and gets a plug from the PS3 game.
The Association for Disabled Virtual Athletes is the brainchild of Hans Smith, profiled on Kotaku about a month ago. Smith has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, but considers playing The Show's single-player Road to the Show mode to be no less than playing full, organized baseball. He waits out his player's in-game injuries in real time, watches all the simulated plays he's not involved in, and doesn't play the game in baseball's off-season. In so doing, Smith considers himself a "virtual athlete."