[games_access] New Member and thoughts about legislation

Robert Florio arthit73 at cablespeed.com
Tue Dec 4 11:23:00 EST 2007

Thanks for the info Mike... I guess it comes down to do we have the
manpower? Most of the time it's been no. It seems like it's inevitable
anything that's going to come down to actual results in developer community
is going to take years upon years upon years.

I still not understand why legislation would get in the way. It seems like
the logical step to get someone to help those who need games accessible and
said of the backdoor way your suggesting, which you are saying makes it
still fun and innovative.

I appreciate your thoughts and don't understand what you mean by making the
software accessible? Do you mean making the game in cell or the software
that the game developers use accessible? I think they're two different

We are not concerned with making the software developers use accessible only
that the developers create videogames that are accessible. I guess you're
might be calling the videogame itself software?

>From my perspective I have a paralysis I've been forced to use my mouth to

play video games, and I can't use my hands so now that I've been around the
industry for four years, graduating from the Art Institute game art and
design now, it's so darn frustrating to see that the tiniest little steps up
to come forward first.

Maybe this is the way of the industry but it seems ridiculous to have to
wait for some people who may or may not have the time, which from years of
this city being open I think three years now, we really have not made that

There was some contest that we helped sponsor for game accessibility which
resulted in one of the games called, strange attractors now strange
attractors tw o coming out.

I still think there needs to be a group of people behind a movement instead
of little tiny spurts of people being made aware of some issues, and then
huge potential for the project not even go through. Talking about working
on a game independently. I think you were suggesting.

It's all very frustrating. Who gets the credit? I still believe it should
be profitable these ideas for accessibility I think that's one of the
best-selling points out leaning game, I said it time and time again, it
seems like the industry only responds to examples.

But who can compete when it takes millions of dollars to make them, with
thousands of hours of professionals doing time.

Maybe not legislation is what we need, I repeat maybe not legislation is
what we need, not legislation, not legislation, not legislation, OK, but
getting the petition around to the right people.

And then maybe addressing the issue with some of the big corporations to see
if they finally will do a project or at least see the big picture were doing

I mean is exhausting thinking about the time it's going to take which most
of us can't really spend individual time on these projects.

To be honest the ideas here don't really go too far we have a couple ideas
and then they fly away. Not all of them.

I wish we could all finally get behind at least something and kick that idea
in the butt until it gets results. Petitions are so easy to do. It's
tradition for petitions to get results.

I now understand how doing this would slow down fun and innovation. It's
about a group of people who have real issues finally being a knowledge and
industry trying to have some sympathy to understand that and then once they
grasp the concept, they're mine will finally develop what is needed. It
really seems selfish to me like I believe you might have said, Mike,

" One of the big challenges any developer will face here though is

>unless they themselves have an identical disability, they won't know

>where to start to make something fun and easy for you to interact

>with. That's where we need your help."

That is the big issue. I mean does the entire game design industry have to
fall fatally ill with injuries for them to finally see the need? That gives
me an idea,lol, just kidding, there might be something in the water that we
could get the right people to finally realize what's going on. lol


-----Original Message-----
From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org]
On Behalf Of d. michelle hinn
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 11:52 PM
To: games_access at igda.org
Subject: [games_access] New Member and thoughts about legislation

Hey Gang -- we have a new member and for some reason the bounce
filter got him so I'm resending (Michael -- did you send from another
address than you subscribed to the list with?). And welcome!


PS -- we've been slaving away at getting us known in the dev
community -- we're getting there and we now have the attention of a
growing number of people. So we soldier on! :)

>Greetings everyone!

> Just joined yesterday. I'm a software engineer, basically trolling

>for ideas for projects to kill some spare cycles and looking for

>people who might be interested in helping me design and test the same.

> My primary goal joining this group and the ACM's SIGACCESS group is

>to try to figure out what types of accessibility software are

>currently lacking and see if I might be able to fill a niche there.

>I've got a lot of experience with industrial imaging and

>automation/control software, and have spent the last several years in

>consumer audio and multimedia development so hopefully we can find

>something I can offer.


>I can't rewrite Doom 3 from scratch to make it accessible to everyone

>- hell, I couldn't see anything but the 4 pixels in the center of the

>screen in that game myself - but I have done some experimentation with

>inserting my code into video games and modifying their rendering

>behavior. Any ideas from basic utilities to accessibility gaming mods

>would be much appreciated.


>On the current topic regarding legislation - I don't think that will

>be the most productive direction to take. One of the great things

>about the software industry is that any bloke with a grasp on logic

>and some time can crank out a piece of software. If it doesn't suck

>people might even use it. In the game industry specifically, we've

>seen small groups of individuals with no money but a lot of time and

>talent completely turn the establishment on its head and create

>entirely new genres of games. This is one of the things that helps

>keep the industry innovative and fun.


>Legislation will create a barrier for independents and hobbyists, and

>prevent new innovations that don't mesh with the laws. If it's done

>in a lowest-common-denominator manner in the way the ADA is, it could

>even create hurdles to those wishing to create games for a specific

>subset of the market you wish to help. For example, some really neat

>audio games would be kinda boring for a deaf person.


>What I'd recommend instead is to try to make your market more visible

>to the developer community and to approach smaller groups and

>independents for whom making a game with a smaller target audience

>might still be profitable or fun. There's a fair number of developers

>out there like me that just enjoy writing software and do it as a

>hobby as well as a profession - you'll find a lot of those in the Open

>Source community. If you want to get their attention, write articles

>for Slashdot and similar places to increase awareness and to educate

>the community, then get projects started on SourceForge to get new

>genres going, etc.


>One of the big challenges any developer will face here though is that

>unless they themselves have an identical disability, they won't know

>where to start to make something fun and easy for you to interact

>with. That's where we need your help.



>Mike Ellison

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