[games_access] T-shirt

Reid Kimball rkimball at gmail.com
Fri Jan 13 14:22:04 EST 2006

Why not the wheelchair with a game joystick or game pad controller?
Seems to be the least problimatic icon design yet.


On 1/11/06, hinn at uiuc.edu <hinn at uiuc.edu> wrote:
> >> What I'm trying to say is that we should avoid to make
> accessibility
> >> featured games into a stigma by having a logo that looks
> like a
> >> wheelchair, cane or whatever. Although those symbols might
> be good in the
> >> short run I think in the long run, we should have a less
> "disability"
> >> oriented logo, and focus on enabling gamers of all kinds to
> have a great
> >> game experience. I (we?) want the game industry to
> understand that game
> >> accessibility is for everyone.
> >
> >
> >Hmm. In the UK and most of Europe, my understanding is the
> standard white on
> >blue symbol of a wheelchair user is of an "Accessible"
> feature. E.g. an
> >accessible toilet, or more accessible parking space. There's
> no stigma
> >attached to this symbol in the UK to my mind. It's not
> flawless, but I think
> >it's widely understood.
> Yes, in the US we use the same symbol. What you are saying,
> Barrie, reminds me of my trip to Taipei last summer. In Taiwan
> public toilets are, uh, in the floor rather than a chair-like
> toilet. So for many of us Westerners who did not know how to
> use such a toilet, we used the accessible toilets at first --
> so for us, being non-Eastern resulted in our needing an
> accessibility "feature." Just a reminder of cultural
> differences! :)
> >As for the T-shirts - I'm not overly worried personally, and
> to get
> >something done fairly soon would be best in my oppinion.
> However, I still
> >think there should be a pictorial element ideally. There may
> be dyslexic,
> >learning disabled, and/or non-English speaking people you
> walk pass.
> >Something in pictures would be more likely to grab more
> people's interest.
> >(also, all fonts should be easy to read on accompanying text).
> Well, that's why I'm still wondering why we couldn't have a
> game character in a wheelchair -- the wheelchair is more of a
> universal symbol and adding a game character would, I think,
> be a good visual. Maybe, and I know that "game not over" is a
> popular phrase, we just have a simple visual and "game
> accessibility" on the shirt?
> Legally, yeah, depending on who sponsors the shirts...we might
> not be able to get away with pac man at all...but it would
> still be cool. :)
> Oy...who knew this would get so complicated!!!
> Michelle
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