[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


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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