IGDA Game Accessibility Special Interest Group

One Switch Monkeyball

Neverball: Image of a Super Monkey Ball type game - playable with one switch.

We modified an open source version (called neverball) of the popular super monkeyball games so it can be played using a one switch mechanism, allowing severely physically disabled to enjoy playing this game.

See http://monkeyball.eelke.com/ for more details and downloads.

Edit: Apologies for posting a version that did not work due to some missing DLL's. Problem should be fixed now - Eelke

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Too Difficult

"Five Easy Ways To Fix Complicated Controllers"

Image of a mocked-up Playstation 4 controller - with an absurd number of buttons and joypads.
GamePro.com have recently published their guide to solving the utterly disabling issue of overly-complicated game controllers. It's a fairly well thought out piece on the whole - but surprisingly misses out the need for reconfigurable controls. What about left-handed players? What about one-handed players? What about gamers needing to use plug in digital on/off switches?

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Game Accessibility Train

Image of a Mother and child waiting for a train to perhaps take them away from a very strange almost prehistoric train station. A few quick links to recent Game Accessibility conferences gone by - with plenty to delve deeper into:

HCT of University of Sussex, UK - May 2008 Game Accessibility Workshop report. My quick personal write up.

Games for Health 2008 - Slideshare.
Michelle Hinn's write up of the event.

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Guitar Hero for one handed play

One hand - one foot Guitar Hero.Ben Heck has made a lovely job on making Guitar Hero more accessible for gamers unable to use both hands to play. It's not quite a D.I.Y. guide that he's posted on his web-site, but there's enough to get going with for some. Daft video here.

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eDimensional one handed controller - nearly here?

eDimensional one handed controller nearly here? Image of Ben Heck's one handed controller with circular interchangable control modules.The near-final prototype of the production model Access Controller from eDimensional. Direct inquiries to access@edimensional.com

Via: BenHeck.com

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Games Accessibility Workshop: Play, Discuss, Design

Games Accessibility Workshop: Interact Lab, University of SussexThis workshop will bring together professional games developers, accessible games designers and disabled gamers to play, discuss and design accessible games.

A variety of accessible games will be available for demonstration. Barrie Ellis of One Switch will be showing some of his unique one-button controllers for use with consoles such as the Sony Playstation. Richard Vahrman of Locomatrix will be talking about his GPS games and Jez Harris from Relentless will be talking about their hit game Buzz!

Discuss the games with the interdisciplinary audience. Experts in the areas of games technology, accessibility and human-computer interaction among others will be present.

Do you have an idea for a game? Feel free to sketchconcepts, create storyboards or propose new concepts ingames design aspects such as controllers, graphics or sound.

SPACE IS LIMITED!. E-mail Hilary Smith to reserve your place.

Via: Interact Lab - University of Sussex

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