IGDA Game Accessibility Special Interest Group

TIG Duels

Image of a fencing duel between a Panda and a Guinea Pig from the one-switch Fencing game, TIG Duels. "Your Mother, taught you well!" vs. "You were never much of any thing!", the goading is a huge part of the fun in Tig Duels: For Extraordinary Gentlemen and Such Etc.

It's a really well balanced, thought-out, barmy fencing game for two one-switch players. Choose your control, choose your head, then duel. If that wasn't all good enough, you can also challenge people on-line by slapping their faces with a glove.

Can you think of any reason why all modern day fighting games could not have a one-button / one-switch game mode now?

Reviewed over at the Accessible GameBase with short video.

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Game Accessibility: A Survey

Diagram of what playing a game entails.
For those interested in: 1) a comprehensive overview of academic literature on game accessibility; 2) a synthesis of strategies used to make games for sensory, motor and cognitive impairments; and 3) data on how many people in the US are unable or limited in playing video games per type of impairment, a journal paper called: "Game Accessibility: a Survey" written by Bei Yuan, student of IGDA GASIG member, Eelke Folmer, is available online.

If you would like an offline copy of this paper, and you don't have access through a university library, please contact Eelke direct.

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V.I. Tennis

Mock-up image of a grass tennis court, where all is blurred but for the two tennis players, the ball, and a small part of the net.Imagine Wii Sports Tennis in the dark, and playable, and you have VI Tennis. It's a brilliant idea and happily, is well executed too. You'll need one or two Wii remotes, a Bluetooth equipped PC (I bought a USB Bluetooth dongle for 99p from eBay which works fine) and the free PC download of VI Tennis.

All game play is through sound, feel and motion. I did find setting up tricky on my Windows 7 machine, but once it was, I was away. Reviewed over at the Accessible GameBase. Over at VI Fit, they also have an audio Wii-remote version of Bowling, which will hopefully be a sign of many more games to come.

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