[games_access] Top 3 Top 3 and IGDA GASIG Awards Ceremony 2008

Reid Kimball reid at rbkdesign.com
Sun Dec 2 15:07:57 EST 2007

Hi Barrie,

I like what you have but do have a couple suggestions.

1) I agree with Richard, there are no "easy" accessibility features
for developers to add. I have said that adding closed captioning to
games is easier than a physics or rendering system and it is true, but
creating the captioning system itself presents tricky design problems
and depending on the sound engine, maybe even technical issues. In
general, I don't think we have the right to designate whether an
accessibility feature is easy or not for a developer to implement. How
hard it is will depend on the developers technology foundation and
programming/designing talent they have.

2) On the contention of Top 3, why not slightly change the wording so
it's Top 3 Most Requested Accessibility Features.

3) Why don't we make a Top 3 Most Requested Accessibility Features for
each disability area. Richard can submit a list of his top 3 for
blind/visually impaired, I'll submit mine for hard of hearing/deaf and
so on.


On Dec 2, 2007 3:10 AM, Barrie Ellis <barrie.ellis at oneswitch.org.uk> wrote:

> Feeling guilty - I've tweaked the IGDA GASIG blog to feature a "Blog Topics"

> area - which will be expanded later. I liked the look of the awards area...

> and thought - this is obvious, but... Why don't we start our own awards

> ceremony? It would be a bit of fun - and not too much work to start with I

> recon.


> Why don't we start recognising the games that have got some good

> accessibility features built in? We could keep nominations simple - and

> awards being a nice e-mail from us to the winners - any other interested

> press - and of course mention on our blog + site.


> Maybe:


> Best pointer based game (for head-tracker / eye-tracker / touch-screen

> gamers).

> Best audio game.

> Best one switch game.

> Best use of closed captions / subtitling.

> IGDA GASIG historical award (great games from the past).

> IGDA GASIG special award.

> IGDA GASIG best of 2008.


> ??


> Anyway - I've also set-up a "Top 3 Accessibility Features" section for

> particular game genres:

> http://gameaccessibility.blogspot.com/search/label/Top%203


> Pinball, Golf, Driving games covered at present. I'd appreciate people's

> thoughts, and also on any suggestions of companies to contact once we have a

> basic consensus. I realise there's lots of things not covered - this is not

> the point - it's to try and get some of the simplest concepts with the

> lowest potential overheads to the people making games (indies, home coders,

> mainstream - anyone!).


> This stuff stands on the shoulders of everyone's work so far - so please

> don't think I'm claiming this as my baby. It's not. It's ours - so help us

> to make it useful... Perhaps we should get a standard e-mail drafted (with

> further links for more help as it stands presently - e.g. Eelke's design

> patterns - Game-Accessibility.com - our forum? our mailing list and so

> on....


> Enough from me today I think...


> Barrie

> www.OneSwitch.org.uk




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