When Make-A-Wish Northeast New York wish kid Cameron arrived by limo to video game development studio Vicarious Visions, he thought he was getting a behind-the-scenes tour and a chance to talk with developers. And he did.
When he was asked to pose for photos in front of Christmas decorations, with those designers and family and his wish granters Jesse and Russell Matteson, he was thrilled.
Then came the shocker, when the 17-year-old was told to turn around: Those wrapped gifts were in fact not decorations, but his wish -- a high-end computer system with all the accessories that Cameron himself picked out.
Cameron, who has a nervous system disorder, hopes to be a live stream gamer and video editor for a career – and is already well-versed on the technical aspects of his chosen path. He looks at his wish not just as a gift, but a way forward in a life that has thrown medical obstacles his way.
"This is a lot to take in. Thank you, everybody. I really appreciate it," the Schroon Lake teen said when he was finally able to form words after the stunning reveal. "It's definitely a really big boost of confidence through everything -- through all the medical visits and all the letdowns.
“This is definitely huge. So you guys are awesome."
Mom Stephanie and dad Shawn, gamers themselves, were equally thrilled for their son.
“Words cannot even begin to describe this day,” the mom said. “Make-A-Wish Northeast New York has not only granted Cameron a wish, but a promising future in what he loves.
“The entire Make-A-Wish process has given him the much-needed boost of hope, determination and will to continue the fight.”
The family also thanked Vicarious Visions for hosting such a special day. (Special thanks to Devin Knudsen, Mark Christoforetti, David Rodriguez, John Dobbie and Mel Coons.)
In 2019, Vicarious Visions celebrated its 28th year in the industry. Over the years, it has made hundreds of games, in every genre on every conceivable game platform. The studio has worked on some of the most successful game franchises, including Skylanders, Guitar Hero, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Crash Bandicoot, Spider-Man, and Tony Hawk.