[games_access] top-secret update

Robert Florio arthit73 at cablespeed.com
Tue Apr 24 17:52:39 EDT 2007


Thinks Michelle for helping me figure out to update you all on the David
Peary and Acclaim new game designed by anyone who wants to create a game.

What is top-secret?

David Perry teamed up with Acclaim creating the first ever game development
team made up of anyone who wants to join and it's a contest now. 25,000
people joined is only about 200 people doing any work. In the and someone
will get their own game to develop David will pick someone who shines the
most. There are recruiting opportunities and David is recruiting awesome.

What is the game about?

Again is a racing game mmo massive multiplayer online racing game. It
started in early April and you can catch up easily when you join its for
free to join.

How can I help?

If you're interested in game accessibility and finally working on a real
game then this is the opportunity. I've been working really hard myself we
reached the first milestone and are doing beyond. You can contribute all
your talents and interests help me brainstorm and come up with your own
ideas or simply help when I post some discussion to help it become more
accessible. It can become the first widely spread accessible game ever
accomplished. Imagine if I won this thing or one of us that would be plenty
of publicity. Just having it accessible to be a huge accomplishment. I'm
sure David really appreciates the hard work tremendously.

Where and when?

It's about a one year long project scheduled to be finished hopefully but
not necessarily by GDC 2008 to be showed. Check out the web site link you
can join get involved and hopefully contribute as much as possible it's a
everyday as much as you can hopefully 100% dedication thing if you join the
team or you can help me on my updates. I will post updates here in the
accessibility announcements. And ask for some brainstorming help.

The links?

http://topsecret.acclaim.com/index.htm

Check out the progress I've made so far it's only one of the hooks being
considered I did most of the artwork for and teamed up with some great
people and minds for the concept. This is the only idea so others that I
might or might not agree with are being considered by David's team also
either choosing one or most likely putting them together. See them all when
you join. You can join and keep up with what's going on personally if you
don't have time to contribute in the forums at least you can go there and
see what's going on and come back and contribute here.

My hook.
http://www.robertflorio.com/files/mile_1_hook7_robflorio.jpg

If you join the direct link below is to our concept details. Only the
concept for this hook but there are many other hooks.
http://phpbb.acclaim.com/topsecret/viewtopic.php?t=342

What is next?

We are completing the first milestone and the second task we picked the
style which is, Anime now David and his team are going through the hooks and
choosing among I believe the better ideas and maybe collaborating them
hopefully. Next a bunch more stages and tasks are going to open up its
really going to start taking off now.

Hope to see you there and helping me here.

Sincerely

Robert

www.RobertFlorio.com



-----Original Message-----
From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org]
On Behalf Of hinn at uiuc.edu
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 5:34 PM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: Re: [games_access] Game Accessibility -top-secret

Cool!

So some questions you might be able to answer that might help clear things
up a bit to help people jump in without going through the forums and might
help when you update us for each milestone or along the way to each
milestone (I know even I have a hard time keeping up with all the different
threads that we have going on this list, so I'm thinking other, more casual
readers, might have the same problem):

(1) Can you briefly remind us what the concept of the game is in a sentence
or two -- perhaps each update could have this "statement of purpose" as
someone may not have something to add now but a future email might trigger
some thoughts and ideas.

(2) What are the specific things we can contribute to (ie, should we
brainstorm a general list of accessibility features (ie, a little beyond
the "top ten list") or should we apply those features *just* within the
context of this particular game? Or is there something in particular to just
this milestone that we can help add to?

I'm thinking that because we all subscribe to so many different forums that
your summary and request for specific information might help -- that way you
can copy/paste it into the forums, quoting the person that suggested it
without everyone having to log in. I know...it's a very lazy solution but
I'm thinking that this might be a way to get feedback from people who pay
attention to their email more than a web forum might be able to quickly send
an email back that you can use and then more people would be involved, just
in a different context.

Ideas everyone?

Robert -- I'd also be glad to add this as a meeting agenda item for the next
meeting (I'm aiming for next week). To prep you'll want to think of 2-3
specific points to raise and get feedback on before the meeting so that we
best use the time to really dig in on the game. As you know...we tend to
wander off topic sometimes (all the time...) and I'm trying to correct that
by adding "social talk" time to the end of the meeting so that people who
need to leave can leave but those that want to chat about GA stuff in
general or the price of apples in Sri Lanka can stay and do so. ;)

Michelle

---- Original message ----

>Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 17:08:02 -0400

>From: "Robert Florio" <arthit73 at cablespeed.com>

>Subject: Re: [games_access] Game Accessibility -top-secret

>To: "'IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List'" <games_access at igda.org>

>

>Thanks Michelle. I sent out last week the upgraded letter from David to

the

>members. When you login also there is a special forum on keeping people

>update on what's happening so far. So anyone logging in can check their

and

>get the update.

>

>I was hoping more members would join their because it's a game a full-scale

>game. An awesome opportunity to actually implement accessibility and get

>creative as you want. It's a work in prosperous I worked with some members

>and got some ideas done I also linked a couple times to this forum on the

>hope that we created I did most the artwork for. Here it is below.

>

>Hopefully we can stir up more interest. That would be awesome. The first

>milestone creating the high concept totally failed. They didn't let us

know

>what the capabilities of the server was what specifically they were looking

>for and everyone was so frustrated so they redid it. David gave in. So we

>did the hooks I didn't get any nominations. Which is totally crazy I got a

>bunch of awesome reviews it's like people who worked the most together

their

>are teaming up and voting on the ones they want. The ones that are the

most

>similar to their original ideas. So I think David is just taking those

that

>are good and matching them together now. Instead of just picking one hope.

>Which is good because 25,000 people signed up but according to the votes

>there was only about maybe 200 people actually participating voting and

>doing any work.

>

>http://www.robertflorio.com/files/mile_1_hook7_robflorio.jpg

>

>Robert

>www.RobertFlorio.com

>

>-----Original Message-----

>From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org]

>On Behalf Of hinn at uiuc.edu

>Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 3:32 PM

>To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List

>Subject: Re: [games_access] Game Accessibility - Why Bother?

>

>Hi Robert -- I was thinking about the Top Secret project and how to get

>people involved. Is there any way that you can think of for someone to

>quickly get up-to-speed on the project and join in? I know that when you

are

>heavily involved in a project (I know this is true of me!) it can be hard

to

>slow down and explain the background and how people can better get involved

>quickly. But I was thinking that it might help if there was a quick and

easy

>way to "jump in" without going through all the forum messages and having to

>know everything about what David is trying to do with the project.

>

>Just some thoughts!! Great idea about linking to the article from the

>project site!

>

>Michelle

>

>---- Original message ----

>>Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 15:05:57 -0400

>>From: "Robert Florio" <arthit73 at cablespeed.com>

>>Subject: Re: [games_access] Game Accessibility - Why Bother?

>>To: "'IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List'" <games_access at igda.org>

>>

>>Yes that's a good idea to spread the word. I'll link also in the

>top-secret

>>project I'm working on two things like this. To help everyone understand

>>the goal.

>>

>>Robert

>>

>>-----Original Message-----

>>From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org]

>>On Behalf Of Barrie Ellis

>>Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 1:06 PM

>>To: gramenos at ics.forth.gr; IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List

>>Subject: Re: [games_access] Game Accessibility - Why Bother?

>>

>>Couldn't have put it better myself. Superbly well written piece. Now -

>let's

>>

>>keep spreading the word. Perhaps this group can start sending out links to



>>this to your favourite contacts, game organisations, companies and

>>independents.

>>

>>http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=13650

>>

>>Big pat on the back to you Dimitris!

>>

>>Barrie

>>www.OneSwitch.org.uk

>>

>>

>>----- Original Message -----

>>From: "Dimitris Grammenos" <gramenos at ics.forth.gr>

>>To: "'IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List'" <games_access at igda.org>

>>Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:22 PM

>>Subject: [games_access] Game Accessibility - Why Bother?

>>

>>

>>> Hello all, my article on Game Accessibility is now on-line in the

>Industry

>>> News section of Gamasutra.

>>>

>>> Game Accessibility - Why Bother?

>>> http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=13650

>>>

>>>

>>> Dimitris

>>>

>>>

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