[games_access] Complaint regarding Florian Eckhardt

Reid Kimball rkimball at gmail.com
Fri Jun 2 18:16:39 EDT 2006


You should have seen the disgusting remarks people made when the idea
of close captioning Doom3 was posted on a forum.

"I don't know why we dont just shoot these people... put them out of
their misery because they are obviously miserable. If it's not that
hard, you do it ya twit!"

"Because it's not cost efficient? Would you like some cheese with that whine?"

"This is one of the stupidest posts ever. FPS games are not made for
hearing impaired people. Why? Because subtitles like: "imp is hissing
behind you", "fireball sound comming from 3:00 O'Clock", "bullet sound
wizzes by your left ear". That would just be dumb. Here's the bottom
line. FPS's ARE NOT FOR DEAF PEOPLE. case closed. How can any deaf
person effectively play any FPS?? Grow up and stop being a stupid ass
baby. "

It goes on and on with more of this crap, all from 13 yr olds
probably. but hey, Games[CC] sure showed them right?

I am surprised that a popular site like Kotaku.com would be that insensitive.

Anyway, I like the quote from Einstein, "Great spirits have often
encountered violent opposition from weak minds."

-Reid

On 6/2/06, d. michelle hinn <hinn at uiuc.edu> wrote:
>
>
> Dear all,
>
>
> Indeed. This is highly offensive and I am highly offended. I understand that
> it's hard to grasp a game that could be universally accessible, but that
> doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to make games accessible to MORE. But
> beside that, the language in his post is a bit unbelievable in this day and
> age. I could take a million cheap shots at his comment (as I'm sure many of
> us could) but I won't because, frankly, it's just not worth going there.
>
>
> "The stupid and incompetent" ... I see that we have a long, long way to go
> still. This might make a nice example to cite in our upcoming game
> conference presentations and in our book, especially when developers find it
> hard to fathom that we'd run across such bigotry...which we, unfortunately,
> still do. Thoughts?
>
>
> Michelle Hinn
> Chairperson, IGDA Game Accessibility SIG
>
>
>
> At 9:04 PM +0100 6/2/06, Barrie Ellis wrote:
> Dear Brian and Alice,
>
> I have transcribed a recent post on Kotaku.com below, which I find grossly
> offensive. I'd appreciate it if you would read it through.
>
>
> http://www.kotaku.com/gaming/remakes/retro-remakes-big-2006-retro-remaking-contest-177926.php
>
>
> Retro Remakes Big 2006 Retro Remaking Contest
>
> « previous post   next post »
>
>
> Retro Remakes is sponsoring a huge honking contest to create the best remake
> of a classic video game. There's £3692 worth of prizes to be won for "Good
> remakes of good games that anyone can play, regardless of their ability."
>
> We're puzzled by that last qualification: certainly, developing a game for
> people with, say, amniotic banding syndrome in mind is a rather large
> requirement to win a copy of a 2D scroller programming book. We assume,
> then, that what they really mean is "Good remakes of good games that even
> the stupid and incompetent can play." A lofty, if perhaps equally out of
> reach, goal.
>
> So if you're a dev who has just always wanted to give birth to a Frogger
> clone but never could justify the time, head on over and check it out. The
> prizes look quite good and the world could always use some more retro
> clones. FLORIAN ECKHARDT
>
> Retro Remakes: The Big 2006 Compo [Retro Remakes]
>
>
>
> I find his manner nasty in the extreme. Do you allow extreme racist,
> homophobic or sexist comments on Kotaku too? If not, please explain to me
> the difference. Are disabled people a softer target, and therefore fair
> game?
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
>
> Barrie Ellis
>
> www.OneSwitch.org.uk and www.igda.org/accessibility
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