IGDA Game Accessibility Special Interest Group


Doughnuts! It seems as though Ubisoft's grand gesture to game accessibility stretches as far as adding basic text subtitles to future games. This is a good but very basic step. A little more appreciation of "The Sound Alternative" would have been better. A little more willingness to communicate with those pressing for accessibility in games would have been better still.

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COGAIN - Eye Tracker Game Competition

COGAIN - Eye Tracker Game Competition - Image from NASA 'Eye of God'. In a little bit of synchronicity with the Retro Remakes "Game For Helen" category, COGAIN have just launched their own Eye Tracker game competition: "Power of Gaze".

COGAIN (COmmunication by GAze INteration) have a short list of previously submitted eye-tracker games and 'leisure applications' on-line. The main restriction is that you need to be a student or a group of students in order to submit a game. Student's of Life should be able to apply too, surely?

[update: 18.9.08] - COGAIN have opened up the competion as follows: "Any student (undergraduate or graduate) or non-commercial participant (not a student but not a professional either) may enter the competition". Excellent!

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Ubisoft Commits To Include Subtitles In Future Products

Ubisoft Commits To Include Subtitles In Future Products - Image of an Opera with Surtitles. Ubisoft have started to listen to the deaf-community struggling with their games for want of some subtitles. Scanning through the comments over at Kotaku gives an idea of the problems gamers have had - and also some of the ignorance that causes these unnecessary barriers.

All fingers are crossed that Ubisoft will be offering full "Closed Captioned" subtitles - with description of important sounds, music and the direction of sounds. They could do a lot worse than to take a peek at Games[CC], Deaf Gamers and Game-Accessibility.com for guidance.

Via: Sandra Uhling on the GASIG mailing list.

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Strange Attractors 2

Strange Attractors 2 Strange Attractors 2 has arrived. It's possibly the most polished and ambitious one-switch game ever written. Kick the Tyres here (the demo) or buy the full game for $14.95 (£7.50 ish). It's superb. I love it.

For those wishing to learn more, there's a great interview with Eric Walker of Ominous Development over at AbleGamers.com.

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War Twat

War Twat - High Visibility Version.War Twat is fierce. And despite it's unrelenting difficulty, actually demonstrates some very fine accessibility traits.

1. It uses a nice and simple control scheme (the cursor keys and the CTRL key to fire) that also works to start and restart a game.
2. There's a high-visibility version.
3. There's a non-sweary version.

Not great for people prone to photo-sensitive seizures though I must say. Fierce!

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