[games_access] RE: games_access Digest, Vol 25, Issue 5 Questions about Playdocam

Lynn Marentette lynnvm at carolina.rr.com
Wed Aug 9 19:05:53 EDT 2006


Hi everyone,
 
I've been off of this list for a bit since I moved, went on vacation, and
now have a new e-mail address. I hope everyone is doing well.
 
I am not sure if you've discussed PlaydoCam-  this is the information from
the website:
 
"Become the star of the game! PlaydoCAMT transforms your ordinary web camera
into a motion-tracking gaming device and places you at the centre of a
unique online gaming experience. -Literally".    <http://www.playdocam.com/>
http://www.playdocam.com/
 
I have a webcam, so I went to the website and played some of the on-line
demos.  I could play the games by moving my head a bit, and by adjusting the
distance between my head and the camera, I had better accuracy.   The Snow
Sweeper doesn't take much movement to play.  The basketball game is a little
more involved.
 
It is like the Sony Eye Toy, but it is in Flash, embedded in the browser.
I haven't tried PlaydoCam with any students yet- my school district might
have the website blocked from access, since it is a "game" website.  If I
can access the game and use it with a student or two, I'll let you know.
Many of the students at my school have multiple disabilities and very little
access to games they can play.
 
Lynn
 
(the techpsych blog is primarily for people who work in schools and are
interested in technology integration. The multimedia blog is where I post
annotated links and resources for a broader audience-  I'm a school
psychologist who'd like to see more interactive "learning" games used in the
schools.)
 
 <http://techpsych.blogspot.com/> http://techpsych.blogspot.com
 <http://interactivemultimediatechnology.com/>
http://interactivemultimediatechnology.com
 
 
 
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Today's Topics:
 
   1. Interesting Forum Question (AudioGames.net)
   2. Re: Microsoft Gamefest 2006 Accessibility Talk (AudioGames.net)
 
 
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Message: 1
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 08:19:13 +0200
From: "AudioGames.net" <richard at audiogames.net>
Subject: [games_access] Interesting Forum Question
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List"
                <games_access at igda.org>
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Hi,
 
We recently added more video-links on the Game-Accessibility.com website and
we also have new people joining the forum. We received the following
question:
 
"Can anybody recommend activities/games that are appropriate for a young man
to
assist in learning two-switch step scanning? He uses a hand switch to
advance a
scan on an augmentative communication device, and a head switch to "select"
a
scanned picture. There are cognitive issues, and motor planning/motor
control
challenges. He has needed physical assist to stop activating the hand switch
(seems to be playing with it at times) and verbal prompting to select with
his
head. We are exploring switches and switch placement for the less controlled
hand movement- but need some motivating activities that will encourage use
of
both switches in meaningful ways. thanks."
 
http://www.game-accessibility.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=86
 
Does anyone have an answer?
 
Greets,
 
Richard
 
 
http://www.game-accessibility.com 
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Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 08:24:03 +0200
From: "AudioGames.net" <richard at audiogames.net>
Subject: Re: [games_access] Microsoft Gamefest 2006 Accessibility Talk
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List"
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Hi,
 
I won't be at the Gamefest but the best of luck with your presentation. I
suddenly remember that I never replied your request for the blind-game pics,
do you still need them? Please let us know how the presentation went :) Is
it available for download afterwards?
 
Greets,
 
Richard
 
http://www.game-accessibility.com
http://www.audiogames.net
 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Brannon Zahand 
  To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 3:15 AM
  Subject: [games_access] Microsoft Gamefest 2006 Accessibility Talk
 
 
  Hey Everyone,
 
   
 
  Official notice: I'll be giving a presentation at Microsoft's Gamefest
this year in Seattle on August  14th at 2:30pm. The title is, "Expanding
Your Audience through Accessibility."  The presentation's abstract is as
follows:
 
   
 
  Do you want your customers to play your games 30 years from now? How do
you make a game that appeals to a wide range of players? How do you keep
from losing players of different capabilities as they play through your
game? This talk focuses on accessibility, and shares thoughts on how to make
your game enjoyable by a wider demographic. 
 
   
 
  More information on it can be found here:
 
 
https://www.microsoftgamefest.com/session_abstracts.htm#PRODUCER_and_BUSINES
S_DEVELOPMENT
 
   
 
  If you are attending Gamefest, please show up and introduce yourself. I'd
love to meet you! J
 
   
 
  Take care,
 
   
 
  Brannon Zahand 
  Software Test Lead 
  Xbox GQ Certification 
  Microsoft Corporation 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
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