[games_access] New Member and thoughts about legislation

Barrie Ellis barrie.ellis at oneswitch.org.uk
Wed Dec 5 04:27:55 EST 2007


Hi Michael,

Always nice to get new people on board and showing interest. I'm wondering
if you might be able to assist the new Noah project:

http://gameaccessibility.blogspot.com/2007/12/4noah.html
http://games4noah.sitesled.com/

4Noah is a PC utility that enables people using a single button (in this
case the left-mouse click which can be easily hooked up to any accessibility
switch using most switch interfaces:
http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/1/AGS/AGS-switch/2/PCinterfaces.htm - to control
games that use more buttons (presently from two to six - but this could
potentially be expanded in all sorts of clever ways).

I'll buzz you off list with a few more thoughts and introduce you...

Regarding your earlier question:


> I've taken a look at the QuadController, but aside from pictures and

> video I don't have any experience with it. It looks like the PC

> version installs as a native game device with one joystick, some

> toggles, and a few buttons. It also looks like they've got some form

> of Joystick->Mouse emulation available for it that could work both

> with games and with normal applications.


Yes - the majority of PC based controllers are recognised as joysticks or
keyboard controllers. The Quadcontroller would be recognised as a standard
Playstation 2 controller via a PS2 to USB adapter. Robert Florio could tell
you better than I the issues with this controller - but my assumption is
that if users are being asked to press too many buttons simulaneously with
no remapping function - this can be very diffiult to impossible. For
instance if you had the X button mapped to SIP on a tube and O button mapped
to PUFF on that same tube - this is physically impossible to achieve.
Remapping would make this function more possible by mapping button O to
something you can activate at the same time.

Remapping is really important for one handed gamers too. Many will be using
standard joypads like this guy:
http://www.solcon.nl/avee/ohgp/indexeng.html - but not all will be able to
do this - so remapping can be essential. Many one-handed gamers are using
specialised Japanese controllers too:
http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/1/AGS/AGS-onehand.htm - As you can see from this
GA.com video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k3DRvTiots - one handed gaming
without the ability to remap can be a stretch. It was very uncomfortable
too.

Also - people using tailor made set-ups (such as the LEPMIS PS2-Switch
Access Pod: http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/1/AGS/AGS-bespoke.htm) - having to
physically reconnect controls takes independence away from gamers, whereby
they may have to rely upon others to get them set-up for each different
game. If they could reconfigure controls in software - then away they'd go.

Finally - for gamers using very simplified controls (e.g. a basic arcade
stick - or even one, two or three large buttons) - being able to pick and
choose what works with what can make a big difference.

Barrie
www.OneSwitch.org.uk





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