[games_access] Future Play 2006

AudioGames.net richard at audiogames.net
Mon Aug 7 13:10:44 EDT 2006


Hi,

Eelke is currently working on Interaction Design Patterns in Games:

http://www.eelke.com/research/IDP/index.html

As it turns out, many of these pattern overlap with accessibility. Robert 
(Florio) noticed this, contacted him and that's how Eelke got involved. See:

http://www.game-accessibility.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=21
http://www.game-accessibility.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=38
etc.

Greets,

Richard



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Reid Kimball" <rkimball at gmail.com>
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 5:19 PM
Subject: Re: [games_access] Future Play 2006


> I'd like to help, but I don't know of Eelke's Usability Interaction
> Design Patterns. Any info on this?
>
> -Reid
>
> On 8/6/06, AudioGames.net <richard at audiogames.net> wrote:
>> Hi again,
>>
>> Concerning the top 10:
>>
>> I think we've come to learn from the past year (especially after Eelke's
>> presentation at Develop Brighton*) that the list needs some work since
>> "Provide assist modes such as auto-targeting, training options, etc." and
>> "Add audio tags to all significant elements including actors, doors, 
>> items,
>> resulting actions, etc." are too general and not practical for game
>> designers.
>> I'd say *now*  is a good time to rethink the original list and make an
>> improved second draft, possible making use of another format, such as
>> Eelke's Usability Interaction Design Patterns.
>>
>> What do you think?
>>
>> Greets,
>>
>> Richard
>>
>>
>> * I have not yet been able to do an mp3 of all sessions, working on it...
>>
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "d. michelle hinn" <hinn at uiuc.edu>
>> To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
>> Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 7:08 AM
>> Subject: Re: [games_access] Future Play 2006
>>
>>
>> > yeah, richard is great at making really eye catching fliers -- i'm
>> > wondering if we could have the top ten list on the back of one of your
>> > "attend our session" fliers?
>> >
>> > so i'm planning on joining kevin at future play to try and increase our
>> > coverage (two people networking helps!). :)
>> >
>> > michelle
>> >
>> >>Hi,
>> >>
>> >>Good idea, Kevin! If there's anything I can do (write stuff, do some
>> >>graphic design, whatever), please email me!
>> >>
>> >>Greets,
>> >>
>> >>Richard!
>> >>
>> >>----- Original Message ----- From: "Kevin J. Bierre" <kjb at it.rit.edu>
>> >>To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
>> >>Sent: Friday, August 04, 2006 4:43 PM
>> >>Subject: [games_access] Future Play 2006
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>Just so everyone is up to date: In one of our recent online meetings, I
>> >>brought up the possibility of doing a poster session at Future Play 
>> >>2006.
>> >>Future Play is a conference that is supposed to bring academics and
>> >>industry leaders together. This one will
>> >>be held in London, Ontario (Canada) at the University of Western 
>> >>Ontario
>> >>on October 10 - 12.
>> >>
>> >>Because of the large number of game development schools that will be
>> >>present, this would be an ideal location to get the word out and 
>> >>hopefully
>> >>get people thinking about accessibility.
>> >>
>> >>The following is the abstract I plan to submit. If you have any
>> >>suggestions or comments, please let me know. I have until Aug 18th to
>> >>submit the abstract, so there is time to make any required changes.
>> >>
>> >>Future Play 2006 Poster Abstract
>> >>
>> >>Kevin Bierre:  [ mailto:kjb at it.rit.edu ]kjb at it.rit.edu  (Member of the
>> >>IGDA Game Accessibility SIG)
>> >>
>> >>The IGDA Game Accessibility SIG has been presenting on the topic of 
>> >>game
>> >>accessibility at conferences over the last two years. We feel that this 
>> >>is
>> >>a very important topic that is not adequately addressed within the
>> >>commercial game industry, or within
>> >>academic game development programs.
>> >>
>> >>We would like to present a poster at Future Play 2006 on what game
>> >>accessibility is, why it is needed, and some simple ways to provide
>> >>accessibility when creating games.
>> >>
>> >>The game accessibility definition would be the one our group has 
>> >>defined
>> >>over the past three years.
>> >>
>> >>The section on why accessibility is needed would cover the following
>> >>areas:
>> >>1. Statistics: the number of people with various disabilities.
>> >>2. Legal reasons for providing accessibility.
>> >>3. Economic reasons for providing accessibility.
>> >>4. Moral reasons for providing accessibility.
>> >>5. Effects that various disabilities have on the ability to play games.
>> >>
>> >>We have come up with a "top ten" list of ways that will allow 
>> >>developers
>> >>to provide accessibility:
>> >>1. Allow all controls to be remapped.
>> >>2. Add closed-captioning to all dialog and important sound effects.
>> >>3. Provide documentation in an accessible format such as HTML or plain
>> >>text.
>> >>4. Provide assist modes such as auto-targeting, training options, etc.
>> >>5. Provide a broad range of difficulty levels.
>> >>6. Make interface fonts scalable.
>> >>7. Allow for high-contrast color-schemes.
>> >>8. Add audio tags to all significant elements including actors, doors,
>> >>items, resulting actions, etc.
>> >>9. Allow for a varied range of control over play speed.
>> >>10. Announce accessibility features on the packaging.
>> >>
>> >>A list of organizations that are working on game accessibility will be
>> >>part of the poster.
>> >>
>> >>Because this conference brings both industry and academic leaders
>> >>together, we feel this is a good venue to provide this information.
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>Kevin Bierre,  Assistant Professor (kjb at it.rit.edu)
>> >>Information Technology,  Rochester Institute of Technology 585-475-5358
>> >>102 Lomb Memorial Drive Bldg 70B-2637
>> >>Rochester, NY 14623
>> >>
>> >>
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