Make-A-Wish: NVIDIA Builds Dream Rigs for Two Young Gamers

by Liz Austin

We know a thing or two about building PC gaming rigs tricked out with the latest tech to play the best games.

When Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area asked our NVIDIA Foundation to do just that for two brothers suffering from muscular dystrophy, we were eager to help.

Make-A-Wish participant Tommy checks out NVIDIA's demo room
Make-A-Wish participant Tommy checks out NVIDIA’s demo room

The boys, Tommy, age 12, and Alan, age 14, watched as a team of volunteers from our Santa Clara campus assembled the rigs using PC cases donated by Corsair. Our team added a GeForce GTX 970 graphics card and a G-SYNC monitor to each.

Keen players of Clash of Clans and Minecraft, the boys learned about our GPUs and other products during their visit.

The young gamers marveled at the fast download speeds as volunteers began stocking their Steam accounts with more than a dozen games, including Trials Fusion and The Crew from Ubisoft, and Scribblenauts Unmasked and a slew of LEGO games from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

While the games loaded, the brothers had a chance to check out our demo room. There, they powered Project CARS race cars at full acceleration on a track based on the real one in Dubai. They also did battle as the superhero in the action-adventure game Batman: Arkham Origins.

The boys then got to see firsthand how our GameWorks crew can create puffs of lifelike wispy smoke and the powerful physical movement of Batman’s cape as it swirled around as he lunged and punched.

Our CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, joined the brothers for some multi-player gaming and gave them an overview of the science and math that creates the amazing visual effects on display.

Make-A-Wish participant Alan plays Batman: Arkham Origins
Make-A-Wish participant Alan plays Batman: Arkham Origins

The boys’ enthusiasm and curiosity was infectious, giving some hint of their fortitude. A few years ago, they journeyed to San Francisco from Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, seeking better medical care. They had to learn English after enrolling in public school.

Now they love science, history and spelling, and enjoy going online to hang out with friends on Skype and play games.

Once their new custom-built rigs are set up at home, they’ll have another challenge to fulfill: They’ve pledged to use the rigs to do their homework, too.