[games_access] also. Roberts presentation? simply amazing. XNAGame Studio Express

AudioGames.net richard at audiogames.net
Tue Aug 15 01:23:25 EDT 2006


Hi,

Next to my other questions:

- if the tool can be used to develop more accessible games? (for example: 
does it already contain easy functionality to add, say captions? Or: is it 
possible for people to make and share a caption engine?)
- if the tool is accessible for people with disabilities who want to develop 
their own games?

I would like to know what kind of front-end interface the the tool will 
feature. I've read a lot about C++ / C# coding but does the tool also 
feature a, let's say, drag'n'drop interface, etc?

Greets,

Richard



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brannon Zahand" <brannonz at microsoft.com>
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 1:38 AM
Subject: RE: [games_access] also. Roberts presentation? simply amazing. 
XNAGame Studio Express


Thanks Robert!

I've been super excited about this; it has been hard keeping it under my 
hat. :) If you guys get me a list of your questions regarding the 
announcement today, I'll see what I can do to get answers. Be forewarned, 
however, it might take a little while to get them.

Thanks,
Brannon


________________________________
From: games_access-bounces at igda.org On Behalf Of Robert Florio
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 12:22 PM
To: 'IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List'
Subject: [games_access] also. Roberts presentation? simply amazing. XNA Game 
Studio Express

This is simply amazing Brannon great luck with this.  I think that you are 
going to present a presentation to Microsoft isn't about this studio 
express?  I just sent a letter to the writer of that article hopefully maybe 
she can help out or to a story.  I told her all about my situation and 
having this free tool would be amazing.  I don't have to wish any more about 
one-day meeting a developer, showing my ideas, getting it published millions 
of dollars so on and so on.  I hope that this tool is simple like that but I 
don't know much more about it if anyone can help refine more about this tool 
please let me know.  This is one I will be wishing and hoping for the next 
GDC outlook for people responsible for bringing its life.

I'm putting together a presentation also for Game Health conference in 
Baltimore I'll be speaking September 28 and 29.  If anyone would like to 
help me with the review or probably pieced together a speech about game 
accessibility I could truly use the health it's going to be a huge feet to 
find all the useful information a everyone here has got such knowledge all 
probably pieced together from.  And of course reference to your contact. 
Likewise you've done so for me.  Thanks please contact me let me know if you 
can help.

Currently I'm working so hard at the Art Institute online game design on my 
first game production team.  We're not make anything accessible sadly, I 
tried but we didn't have the resources to look into the Never Winter Nights 
bioware engine we are working with none of us really have that much skill to 
really figure out the scripting.  What an experience in game leadership I am 
the producer for our six man team and it is a headache and a pleasure to do 
keeping everyone in track, making assignments my goodness is there a lot of 
work putting together a game.  We were given our own premade Game Design 
Document so kind of right there from the start we were stuck with that idea. 
Only 11 weeks also so we are doing our best mostly just trying to get the 
story, encounters and some cool store development across the best way 
possible.  I'll let y'all know about the module to play it when I'm 
finished.



Thank you for sharing this.
Robert
AI online SGA President
arthit73 at cablespeed.com<mailto:arthit73 at cablespeed.com>
www.RobertFlorio.com<http://www.robertflorio.com/>

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From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org] 
On Behalf Of AudioGames.net
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 2:07 PM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: [games_access] To Brannon and Eelke and others visiting MSGameFest: 
XNA Game Studio Express

Hi,

Just received news about the "Windows/XBox360 Game Development tool for 
Dummies" XNA Game Studio Express:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003197008_microsoft14.html

Could anyone ask the folks at the Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express stand 
(if there is one):

- if the tool can be used to develop more accessible games? (for example: 
does it already contain easy functionality to add, say captions? Or: is it 
possible for people to make and share a caption engine?)
- if the tool is accessible for people with disabilities who want to develop 
their own games?

I'm very interested in this development.... so Brannon: good luck with your 
presentation!

Greets,

Richard
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