A deeper look into the life of Keith "Aieron" Knight, an inspiration through video games and beyond.
To get more into what this project is about, I need to give you the background of what the project itself involves. First off, if you know me at all, or if you know Koreans in general at all, we are pretty hardcore gamers. For me, personally, I played games ever since I was a kid and I never really stopped. So yes, I’m a nerd. I grew up on the usual Pokemon series and the Nintendo console systems that all the kids played and was a casual gamer ever since, and wasn’t a big user of computer games until I started playing a game that came out in 2009 called League of Legends, which didn’t see much play in the beginning but as it grew, it took the video game world by storm.
And the fact that this was made possible all through a game was even crazier. A community built from the ground up through a video game called League of Legends, was genuinely interested in helping and supporting a fellow disabled gamer, who in fact, is good at the game. I’ve been playing for a while now, and I’d be more than happy to say that he’s better than me.
The moment I saw his post and read through the AMA, I decided to do some research. It said in his Reddit post that he had muscular dystrophy, a disease that weakens the muscle and skeletal system of the body. It makes the body grow weaker and weaker until in many cases, results in death. It’s unfortunate, but for someone like Keith to look past it and not let it stop him from leading a life just like mine and yours was incredibly inspiring to me. It was then I started thinking about how I’d never noticed him before because it seemed like the AMA post on reddit wasn’t the first about him. When I looked into it, it turned out that he decided to do the AMA because of the initial support he received when people discovered him through a website called Twitch where people can livestream whatever game they’re playing. There are hundreds of games being streamed on the website ranging from Starcraft to Street Fighter but just to give an idea of the League community, it’s the number one game being watched almost everyday on the website with around 50k viewers on average while the professional and high level players from teams all over the world gain thousands of viewers on their own. On weekends, probably much more. Major tournaments of League of Legends gain around 200k viewers on their streams and that’s discounting the live audiences actually at the events.
But Keith alone, just as a casual gamer, was getting several hundreds of viewers whenever he streamed and when I actually SAW some past recorded streams from his channel and saw HOW he played the game, that’s when I knew I wanted to get his story out, even if it was just about how he played the game. Just to give you an idea, despite the obstacles, he’s learned to use a pen with his mouth to type out messages, use his elbow and feet to activate certain keys for the game and control the mouse with his cheek. I know…and he’s better than me.
In his time off the game, Keith is a business student in his 4th year of his BBA and with the money that people donate through his live stream, he uses to help a charity organization called Muscular Dystrpohy Canada to help those with the same condition that he has.
His story is an amazing one all around, and through reddit and the community built from League of Legends, he’s been able to inspire people around the world and directly help those who are in similar circumstances. It’s people like Keith who are willing to help those around him despite their own obstacles that really make his story worth hearing about and it’s people like me who want to help get his story out there. But as much as I’d like to be able to do this on my own, people like me also need help!
Which is where this kickstarter comes into play. Any cent or dollar from anyone donated to this project can help and as I spend my week with Keith and dive deeper into his story, I can let you guys who donate and anyone who views it in the near future see what it’s like in a day of Keith’s life. As Keith lives in Canada, the donations would help pay for the travel fees as well as the equipment costs needed to make a proper documentary film on someone who definitely deserves the most proper of introductions. His story deserves to be heard and with the support from the League community and certainly those outside of the game, we can let it be an inspiration to many more people.
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The obvious challenges will be to get the logistics of the project down. Since Keith lives a fair distance away from me and since I need at least a week to be able to compile enough footage for a good documentary, housing and the technical things will need to be organized well.
Once the footage is compiled, it will take me at least a couple of weeks to edit the film in post so I should have the film released by August.
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