[games_access] GDC news

Robert Florio arthit73 at cablespeed.com
Mon Aug 14 17:13:25 EDT 2006

Anyways I really want to still be a part of the idol session.  Anything I
can be part of obviously that will help me get there.


Thanks for the update Michelle and thank you so much for the hard work to do
really have to fly to the GDC people and testimony to them is that right?


Maybe we will still get a roundtable we really need all the visibility and
this is so ignorant to me what the game industries doing to people with
limitations it's so frustrating and ticking me off and fueling me to do even
more with the lack of money I have.  That should get a big laugh.


I swear someday I'm going to have oil company I feel like that's the only
way is for a big company or small company with good funding to finally make
an impact on the world for universal accessibility.  It will happen.  I'm
looking forward to the response I get from the writer of Seattle link paper
about Microsoft XNA game treating tool.  More visibility hopefully through
an article.  Thanks.





From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org]
On Behalf Of d. michelle hinn
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 5:04 PM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: [games_access] GDC news


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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