Barrie is helping initially to gather four different accessible gaming set-ups based around a Laptop (XP), Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and a Playstation 2. The next step is to find and train a small group of passionate volunteers to take this equipment out to clubs, schools, hospitals and so on.
The plan is for the project to run until around June/July this year, but the hope is this will be just the start and that this work will spread to other parts of the UK and beyond. Read more on the Special Effect Facebook page.
Some great gaming gear has been pledged so far from generous companies and organisations, which shall be detailed later. If anyone wishes to donate games or anything that might help - please visit the Special Effect web-site or contact Barrie directly through OneSwitch.org.uk.
Although not strictly a game, "Second Life" has many sub-games. It has also garnered the attention of people wishing to improve it's accessibility for more players. The video above shows brain waves being used to control the on-screen character around it's environment. One switch "Second Life" coming soon too...
Click on the image above for an English translation - although I think you might get the gist from the pictures and final word alone! Wii problems...
Spanish blog entry on Accessible Gaming (translated below):
"If you like a game but think it will be difficult or impossible to play due to paralysis in your arms or hands, tremors, loss of dexterity, amputation, smaller hands, abnormalities of birth or rheumatism, you will be interested this article. You can still play if you know how to find an appropriate controller.
So begins one of the articles that I have sent Samuel Franco Dominguez, a resident "MIR" doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He conducts his work at the Hospital Nacional de Paraplejicos de Toledo (Spain), who are interested in new technologies applied to the rehabilitation and accessibility to information technology and communication.
The article in question is about the accessibility of video games for people with physical disabilities. Listing the positive and negative effects of video games, analysis of physical barriers and presenting their solutions. This work has been published in a summary of the latest newsletter CEAPAT, but the author gives us full to share it with all of you.
Descargar artículo Videojuegos accesibles, de Samuel Franco (PDF, 4,53 MB). "
Super Breakout, Defender, Missile Command, Pac-Man, Asteroids, Berzerk and Yars Revenge.
Via: OneSwitch.org.uk Blog
If you have a copy of HalfLife 2 DeathMatch try it out [it allows you to play using just the SPACE BAR]. All feed back is welcome. The bot occasionally gets stuck but you can kill yourselfby pressing the 'K' key.We are working on a version that allows you to play the full halflife 2 game.
Eelke Folmer - Game interaction design www.helpyouplay.com"
Via: IGDA GASIG Mailing List