[games_access] Happy Seasons Greetings/New Years/Etc!

Thomas Westin thomas at pininteractive.com
Fri Dec 21 04:56:01 EST 2007


Thanks Michelle,

and Happy <insert your favorite holiday> to you all from me too!

Got some flu myself but not too bad, still up and running

I'll be offline for a week or two now, will rest by doing some
physical work, renovating our bathroom so I'll be busy but it'll be fun

/thomas

On 21 dec 2007, at 01.22, d. michelle hinn wrote:


> Hi all,

>

> I'm about to head out (tomorrow morning) for about 10 days of travel

> from Champaign, IL to Detroit, MI then to Tampa, Florida (the colder

> norther part, not the 365 days/year warm parts), back to Detroit,

> and then back to exciting Champaign-Urbana before the new year hits.

> I won't google up a "how this translates to European travel given

> differences in vehicle speeds, etc" because, well, even I'm not that

> nutty. :) Unfortunately I got hit by some death flu (and I even got

> the flu shot!) for the past 48 hours or so and am just now getting

> it shaken off a little bit!) -- so I have a lot to catch up on as

> the brain fog clears.

>

> First, I wanted to wish everyone on the list a happy new year (at

> least according to most Western calendars)! It's been a rough road

> at times for us this year but we made it through, important lessons

> were learned, and we've experienced lots of growth. I know for a few

> of us it's been a tough year in our personal lives as well and I can

> appreciate that we are a volunteer group and that life gets tough to

> balance. We do what we can with the time we have to try and make

> change. And I think if you add up everything that's happened in the

> last year, we've gotten a lot done. We've learned important lessons

> on approaches not to take, approaches we haven't yet taken, and so

> forth. We have an exciting 2008 ahead of us, no doubt.

>

> Second, I want to thank everyone for their participation this year!

> There's always more to do but we have to recognize that we are a

> small group (for now!) and feel good about what we've been able to

> do in the world of game accessibility. We're starting to tackle some

> of the harder issues now -- social justice, legalities, advantages/

> disadvantages of a symbol system for rating accessibility (long

> talked about in the SIG but has it's trickiness in how the check/

> balance system will work like the ESRP with their full time

> employees), the complexities of guidelines, the academic puzzle of

> how to frame what we do and say in a larger design paradigm, and

> much, much more.

>

> Third, I want to take the time to encourage everyone to get

> refreshed and ready for a new and exciting year with the SIG -- "the

> book" will happen this year (a general announcement will follow as

> soon as legal stuff is worked out), we have conferences to look

> forward to, work with the Electronic Consumers Association (the ECA

> that has been formed to help fight the legal shutting down of games

> -- one that we can use to help show a potential positive side that

> the industry could/should be contributing to as much as they can

> because it HELPS put the industry in a positive light), a grant to

> work through, fund raising, a new website...so much more! This is

> exciting!

>

> So I will be reachable while I'm gone but obviously things will slow

> down from my end for the next week or so, as I imagine will be the

> case for others as well. Relax and enjoy time with family. And, as I

> have said before, hope for peace in the new year. The world, more

> than ever, needs some healing.

>

> Michelle

> Chairperson, IGDA Game Accessibility SIG

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