[games_access] Gentle Petition

Thomas Westin thomas at pininteractive.com
Wed Dec 5 05:29:27 EST 2007

a couple of years ago I tried to talk to the Swedish government with
a similar approach and get their attention by writing a letter to the
minister of culture, but only got a polite reply that they didn't
have time for a meeting to discuss with me

perhaps things have changed now (new administration) so I can give it
a try again


5 dec 2007 kl. 00.49 skrev d. michelle hinn:

> I agree -- We haven't gone down the road of the politics at all yet

> and I think if we approach it the right way that it would be well

> received and maybe even result in awareness amongst gamers,

> developers, and people who would be gamers but don't know that they

> could be. So a more gentle petition to say "hey, we agree that

> games are important and here's why adding accessibility is a good

> idea..."


> There's no reason we can't send an informative brief to let

> legislators know about game accessibility even in the US -- when

> done, this is a GOOD thing about games. We send the good things

> about game accessibility and games to start things out versus

> something that is anti-industry, which we don't want to do at this

> point.


> And, hey, maybe in 50 years there won't be a need for legislation

> because there will be some incredible breakthrough that none of us

> can even imagine yet! :)


> Michelle


>> Robert (and others) - regarding the petition why don't you consider a

>> compromise? I know in the UK you can quite easily go down the

>> political path

>> to get things to the government:


>> http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/SupportAT/


>> What about starting a very simple petition - "We the undersigned

>> want to see

>> more accessibility features in games...." - with a bit of an

>> explanation

>> (But not too much) - and some translations into other languages.


>> It would be nice to have something to take to developers, indies,

>> home-coders to say lots do want this - it's not just us few people

>> contacting you! And a few years down the line if we're still

>> getting no

>> where - but have everything in place that we can do - then maybe the

>> political path is the way to go.


>> Let's face it - in 50 years - accessibility in software will very

>> likely be

>> legislated for (and let's hope it will be so much easier to bring

>> into

>> being) - so Robert's not so far off the mark. It's just so....

>> slow....


>> What do you think re. the gentle petition?


>> Barrie



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