[games_access] from wheelchair perspective. Inaccessible arcades.

Reid Kimball rkimball at gmail.com
Sun Jan 15 18:37:06 EST 2006

I doubt these will be final designs but hopefully they could spark a
better idea:



Remember, it's the concept we are trying to solve. Once we have a
concept that works hopefully we can find someone to make it look


On 1/15/06, hinn at uiuc.edu <hinn at uiuc.edu> wrote:
> Yes, there is an ironic message with arcade game consoles
> being inaccessible -- good point. I think where we are going
> with the wheelchair symbol is that it is a universally
> recognized disability symbol.
> The problem, of course, is that by extending the wheelchair
> symbol we suggest that we are primarily concerned with
> mobility disabilities -- which we are concerned with but we
> are primarily concerned with the full range of disabilities
> and increasing the accessibility for all gamers.
> So there we go...full circle again! Why was it that we
> couldn't go with pacman in a wheelchair, a space invader with
> a cane and speech bubbles? ;) KIDDING!!!! No need to go over
> the intellectual property and being sued thing again. :)
> Boy...this tshirt is really a hot topic on the list...who knew?
> Michelle
> ---- Original message ----
> >Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 18:11:48 -0500
> >From: "Robert Florio" <arthit73 at cablespeed.com>
> >Subject: [games_access] from wheelchair perspective.
>  Inaccessible arcades.
> >To: <games_access at igda.org>
> >
> >   I just wanted to point out from my perspective this
> >   design kind of cancels itself out because every
> >   single arcade is completely not handicapped
> >   accessible for those in wheelchairs.  A disability
> >   wheelchair signed on a silhouette arcade machine is
> >   funny to me because the arcade machine really is a
> >   great symbol for a game system totally not
> >   accessible.  First of all consider the height of a
> >   wheelchair the eye level would be right at the
> >   controls and you couldn't see down to see the
> >   screen.  I really do like the other idea I had with
> >   the mountain and a gold medal wheelchair at the top
> >   of it.  It represents the trophy the challenge, the
> >   fun to get the reward and the reward.  What do you
> >   guys think?  Maybe if I get time I'll do a sketch
> >   making it look as clean as I can.  Anyone else can
> >   draw it up also.  Thanks.  Here's the link I just
> >   copied it so you could reference it from the
> >   previous discussion message.
> >   Robert
> >
> http://seven.pairlist.net/pipermail/games_access/attachments/20060115/ef0227ef/Game_Not_Over_design2.jpg
> >
> >   www.RobertFlorio.com all of out hard and game
> >   accessibility
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