[games_access] Teaching Game Accessibility

d. michelle hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Wed Jun 21 15:33:00 EDT 2006


That's a good idea -- we should make some space on the wiki to link 
to their websites (versus publishing their email addresses on our 
site...which might result in tons of spam for them and their not 
being happy with us!!) and then let them know about us and the 
game-accessibility.com forums.

Michelle

>Do you have a e-mail address for Dr. Bishop?  We need to start a list
>of who is teaching Accessibility for gaming with contact information,
>so we can work together and give ideas of teaching this information. 
>
>Tom Roome
>
>
>Brannon Zahand wrote:
>
>
>>Sorry to jump in so late...
>>
>>Doctor Gary Bishop at University of North Carolina is also teaching
>>accessible game development.
>>
>>-Brannon
>>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: games_access-bounces at igda.org
>>[mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan Chetwynd
>>Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 11:41 PM
>>To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
>>Subject: Re: [games_access] Teaching Game Accessibility
>>
>>"how this can be done" can be separated from guidelines in a 
>>techniques document.
>>
>>I don't mean to suggest this is the only or a better way, but merely 
>>that it is important to break the task into smaller parts.
>>
>>regards
>>
>>Jonathan Chetwynd
>>
>>
>>
>>On 7 Jun 2006, at 02:59, Thomas Christopher Roome wrote:
>>
>>Hi Michelle, I would be happy to try to work with the IGDA game
>>curriculum committee to get something more official from the SIG out
>>there assuming that they will listen to a student that is beginning to
>>learn game design?     I understand some of the problems that people
>>with disabilities face in games.  I would need support from others on
>>the list to cover every need as possible and make sure the "accessible
>>ideas" really work in games.  It is one thing to say " the game should
>>allow different input devices to interact with the game", but we need
>>to tell the developer how this can be done and when should it be done
>>in the game development!  Do you agree with me? I have read the
>>guidelines and even I got lost in what it was saying, and no where does
>>is tell you what needs to be done to make something work.  There have
>>to be a differences between games programing on the PC and Xbox or PS2
>>platforms and that should be address. Give me some feedback everyone?
>>
>>
>>d. michelle hinn wrote:
>>
>>
>>>  Hey Tom,
>>>
>>>  Yes, this is a great point and there are some that are including it
>>>  into game coursework somehow, even if it's not an entire course on
>>>  it. I agree that getting to people while they are learning about
>>>  design and making it into something expected for doing well in a
>>>  course will only increase our odds that we'll start seeing
>>>  accessibility as something much more mainstream.
>>>
>>>  I have included the topic as part of a game design course and even
>>>  courses on adolescent psychology and Kevin Bierre on this list from
>>>  RIT has also done the same in his courses (Kevin can say more on
>>>  this!). There's a whole bunch of us on this list that are academics
>>>  as well. So you are at the right place! Maybe we could work with the
>>>  IGDA game curriculum committee to get something more official from
>>>  the SIG out there. Any ideas about that? Would you be interested in
>>>  heading up that project? If so, let me know and I'll give you more
>>>  information and e-introduce you to some folks in that committee. :)
>>>
>>>  But I think that we can only get better at this and include more
>>>  universities. Right now I'm working with DIGRA, which is a good
>>>  organization aimed at academics and game studies, to start up a
>>>  parallel SIG (nothing will change about us but basically we'll be
>>>  working more with the DIGRA people to hopefully build another bridge
>>>  to academia). So hopefully in a few days I'll have the official
>>>  announcement about this additional membership group to the IGDA SIG.
>>>
>>>  Michelle
>>>
>>>>  I have been thinking about how to get "mainstream games" more
>  >>> accessible, and maybe we need to approach colleges and other higher
>>>>  education institutions  that teach game development to teach
>>>>  Accessibility to the students.  If game developers are instructed on
>>>>  how games can be made accessible, then maybe we can avoid some of the
>>>>  problems that we have today.   There is a starting point using the
>>>>  Guidelines for developing accessible games  at
>>>>  http://gameaccess.medialt.no/guide.php.  Is anyone already teaching
>>>>  Accessibility for Gaming in a college or University program?
>>>>
>>>>  -----------
>>>>  Thank You,
>>>>
>>>>  Tom Roome
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>>-----------
>>Thank You,
>>
>>Tom Roome
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