[games_access] GDC news

d. michelle hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Mon Aug 14 17:04:03 EDT 2006

Well...after dealing with a ton of fun at airports the last few days, 
I just got back to find out that the GDC people are not going to 
allocate space for a game accessibility tutorial this year due to the 
low turnout (especially by the end of the day when it REALLY counted 
because people had to fill out forms about it). Also we had so many 
different people coming in and out throughout the day that they 
didn't get counted either. I'm trying to appeal this but we'll see.

So this might be the end of that idea I had that the accessibility 
idol session would result in an increased buzz about accessibility 
and thus increase our numbers for the tutorial. The good news is that 
the accessibility idol session is a "go," as well as a group 
gathering (the session where we were gathered around the IGDA booth). 
I'm trying to find out about the status of the roundtables.

What does this mean for us? Well, this will really, really cut back 
on the amount of people we can bring from the SIG to GDC because we 
won't have a one-day session since there will be no "breakdown by 
disability type" sub-sessions within the tutorial day. It may also 
mean that only the accessibility idol session will result in 
speaker's passes and that's a 60-90 minute session (not sure yet) so 
it won't justify the larger amount of passes that the tutorial did.

So...sigh...this was not the best news that I wanted to return to -- 
I should have guessed -- my Monday started with a rental car drive 
from Detroit to Champaign in the middle of the night thanks to 
airport messes. No airport has the same rules right now and I don't 
even want to go into why I wasn't allowed to board a plane...that UK 
trip looked "weird" to the Detroit airport team...

Ok, so we're waiting on an appeal but the space at the Moscone center 
in San Fran is not very friendly for GDC so I'm thinking that we're 
not going to get the tutorial but you never know!?!

Michelle (who is trying to catch up on the latest list stuff because 
I've been without internet connection since Thursday)
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