[games_access] RE: Another list... (and follow up info on Top 3 forindies thread)

AudioGames.net richard at audiogames.net
Wed Apr 5 08:48:39 EDT 2006


Hi,

*quote*
> >I'd bundle everyone together and *only* developers deliberately working 
> >on
>>game accessibility.
>
> I'm gonna disagree slightly on that suggestion Richard :) Indie developers
> have SO much less to work with, especially those that are actually
> independent and not 3rd party developers working with a publisher. It's 
> very
> easy to say "ok, when we're bigger, we'll do this stuff" knowing that our
> games have the same accessibility problems as a bigger production's would.
*quote end*

I think you might have misinterpreted my comment. I mean to put any 
developer on the list that has conciously added something.accessible to 
their game. In my opinion it doesn't matter if it's major company that made 
a completely accessible game or an Indie developer that added a tiny feature 
to their game to make it more accessible. Budget is not a factor for the 
list... there are many academic and/or non-commercial (unfunded) projects 
out there that deal with game accessibility. I'd like to have a list 
bringing all of these people/devs in the light. Although it might turn out 
to be an extensive database instead of a list (which is something that the 
GameOn project seems to focus on), I'd first and foremost like to focus on a 
simple list saying:

AudioGames.net - developes audio games (Drive, Sudo-San)
Flying Lab Software - added several accessibilty options such as scalability 
for their MMORPG "something"
PinInteractive - developed fully- accessible video game Terraformers
Valve - added Subtitles to Halflife 2 to make it more accessible to the deaf

or something like it... so ANY indie developer without budget is more than 
welcome on this list!




----- Original Message ----- 
From: "K" <k at kellyrued.net>
To: <games_access at igda.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 2:30 PM
Subject: [games_access] RE: Another list... (and follow up info on Top 3 
forindies thread)


 I
> think it would be nice to salute the smaller companies for taking what's 
> no
> doubt a bigger chunk of their resources overall to do the right thing by
> their players. It opens up new markets but since you don't really know how
> much impact various changes will have it's hard to justify in a budget 
> what
> benefit, if any, accessibility feature X would have on the project's 
> bottom
> line.
>
> Plus it would be neat to show that so-and-so at the IGF who only had a 20k
> budget still found a way to make closed captioning or something a 
> priority.
> :) Most games are made with C++, Java, Flash, Shockwave, etc. so I'm 
> hoping
> to see people release opensource code libraries/plugins with accessibility
> features in them for mix-n-match use so it's a matter of
> integration/customizing rather than engineering from scratch and 
> researching
> the design, then the technical design, then the implementation and testing
> for general cases that could be done once and then shared and customized 
> for
> special cases. Throw in some tools- utility code that allows designers and
> artists to *see* what their art/game looks like to someone with various
> visual problems or audio problems (cripples it in some way), and you'd 
> have
> a turn-key suite of tools that any developer could use to put a big dent 
> in
> their accessibility problem-identifying and solving efforts.
>
> But I am biased, as an indie working on funded and unfunded projects under
> different brands right now. It's the unfunded one we're trying to squeeze 
> in
> accessibility for because the others fall under that suggested definition 
> of
> people who shouldn't make games LOL (heh, it's really not a game where 
> audio
> adds a ton to the play honestly- the audio is just a backdrop to create
> tension/mood while they play (trivia games) and the sfx all have 
> correlating
> onscreen text-based feedback of visual effects to convey the same meaning-
> plus they are already self-paced and trivial pursuit style (we have a beta
> test copy, www.isergames.com The Sex Ed Game, if anyone is interested in
> testing for accessibility issues, let me know off-list and I'll send you 
> the
> dl info)). It's too late to add *major* features to that release but I 
> think
> it does pretty well- might be issues with the art contrast/etc. but like I
> mentioned before while I can *hear* where audio is important I can't *see*
> where our graphics might be hard to see to people with different vision
> issues (I don't know enough yet about the different visual impairments to
> say either way).
>
> In my spare time now (ha) I'm reading your SIG white paper 'Game not Over'
> and going through your top 10 list and other resources to analyze our 
> bigger
> game, Rapture Online (an MMOEG, basically an adults-only MMORPG), for
> accessibility needs. Thanks so much for your feedback so far- I'm sure 
> that
> if I have questions and when I reach a final plan/analysis I'm going to
> share a link to it here.
>
> I doubt my process will be super or comprehensive as this is the first 
> time
> I've done this but I am going to document what I did anyways on our site 
> in
> case other game designers want to try the same thing. It's exciting though
> to think that I could anticipate these problems and make the game a good
> experience for everyone right "out of the box." I really hope to see more
> guides and workshops about how to analyze your game design for 
> accessibility
> issues... there was an all day tutorial at GDC that ran up against my
> serious games schedule for The Sex Ed Game, but perhaps that's what you 
> all
> covered. :) I'm especially ignorant on alt-input/controllers and how they
> work to operate the game or how game controls are re-mapped to these
> devices. Our primary mouse controls is just like The Sims 2 pie menu 
> system
> so figuring out how players can use those with any kind of input device is
> really important (we have editable keyboard shortcuts for *everything* so
> I'm thinking that's where we'll be able to make it accessible).
>
> Again, thanks for all the input! Keep up the good work- this is an
> informative list to lurk on (resumes lurker mode until I learn a bit more)
> :)
>
> Kelly
>
> www.blackloveinteractive.com
> www.isergames.com
>
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