[games_access] GDC news

AudioGames.net richard at audiogames.net
Tue Aug 15 13:34:17 EDT 2006

Re: [games_access] GDC newsWhat!!... this is Idol, not Model... if not, then I want to be the one with the dog... oh no, he short and bald... errr... the British photogrpaher guy? But then with a dog?
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  From: d. michelle hinn 
  To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 5:58 PM
  Subject: Re: [games_access] GDC news

  A quick update -- we won't hear about the roundtables for a while so maybe we'll get one or both of those. Jason pointed out yesterday that maybe having the short-sput roundtables will impact people more after seeing accessibility idol -- the problem with the tutorials is that they take place BEFORE the main attractions start with GDC. So while it's not what we'd wanted, finger's crossed that they will at least give us some roundtable time.

  The good news is that we have a TWO hour time slot for accessibility idol versus a 1 hour slot. That means that there can be a lot more "information sharing" (ie, teaching) that occurs during the session and we can focus our energies on making sure that Idol gets the attention it needs to really be a jam packed session.

  We do have a lot to discuss about this -- we need it to have some irreverent humor and not be a "everyone's a winner" for participating in the challenge session because that leaves people with the "great! now we've done something!" feeling when really all they've done is attend a session. So we need to figure out how to get a "so WHY WHY WHY is this not in [game title x]" kind of over-the-top attitude. So I'll be setting up a SIG meeting soon for us to start discussing this in more detail and discussing which of us can pull off the best "catty humor," "probably under the influence of some kind of mind altering substance, etc parts YET still be able to get design critique across. Because this is a SHOW, after all, and the best way to reach the "must attend" status of a "Will Wright talks about cattle futures" or a "Game Design Challenge: Mr. Rogers shoots up a bunch of Aliens" session is to bring some outragiousness to the session! So we need the perfect blend of people with over-the-top personality and ability to get important accessibility info out.

  BTW -- I decided a few weeks ago that I'm not going to be a dull Ryan Seacrest but instead be a Tyra Banks meets Janice Dickenson loudmouth style host. :D


    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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