[games_access] Announcement

d. michelle hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Thu Jul 12 06:44:53 EDT 2007


Yes, I like the IGDA URL too because it lends the institutional
support. It's hard to see what the IGDA is doing day-to-day but I can
assure you...there's a lot more behind the scenes than you might
think.

So I'm thinking that GA.com will become our "resources" links for
forums and papers. There are no plans to move it from it's current
URL. The rest of our site will use the IGDA web 2.0 tools. Not sure
what the date to expect the new stuff for our site but it's soon. So
the wiki is a temp redirect given that our way out of date blog isn't
exactly confidence inspiring that we're an active group.

I think that the migration to the new stuff will be very soon. I
agree -- a clear and clean opening page is needed. Perhaps we can use
the look and feel of GA.com on our opening page to make things sync a
bit better.

And...yes, we will have to make some SIG and Chapter info "closed" to
IGDA members but our SIG is being treated as a special case given
that a lot of our audience are GAMERS with disabilities and not all
game devs. Basically the IGDA wants to add value to membership dues
by closing some things off to non-members. Yes, first reaction is
"WHAAAAATTTTT??" but now that I know more (can't debrief totally
yet), I can't see it having much inpact on us and our collective
desire to keep things, uh, accessible. Jason has told me that the
IGDA agrees that we're the social justice crowd and that once of our
main objectives is to reach out to gamers with disabilities. Other
board members have said the same or similar.

Michelle


>Good luck with your PhD, Richard. Some of my thoughts....

>

>I'd like to see

><http://www.igda.org/accessibility>www.igda.org/accessibility stay

>as our web-address. It's nice and clear, and easy to remember.

><http://www.GASIG.org>www.GASIG.org is a bit of a splurge in my mind.

>

>I hope

><http://www.game-accessibility.com>www.game-accessibility.com will never

>move addresses. Personally I've made a lot of direct links to

>specific forum threads that I think are very useful not to loose

>track of. We need to strengthen the threads we've made already as

>well as fill in the gaps.

>

>I'd like the see the

><http://www.igda.org/accessibility>www.igda.org/accessibility front

>use clear English and really importantly, not be cluttered. This

>should definitely be open to all and not be a subscribers only

>thing. The news blog should be open to all too. We should continue

>to use the Game-Accessibility.com forum as this is becoming more and

>more established and will be open to all.

>

>Content should be broken down into Public Info - Members Info so the

>free stuff is easy to get to (if we have to go down a closed route).

>

>Any idea how long this is likely to take? WIKI's are okay-ish - but

>I don't think they are particularly quick and easy to navigate -

>they tend to be so cluttered to my mind.

>

>Barrie

><http://www.OneSwitch.org.uk>www.OneSwitch.org.uk

>

>

>

>----- Original Message -----

>From: <mailto:richard at audiogames.net>AudioGames.net

>To: <mailto:games_access at igda.org>IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List

>Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 8:08 AM

>Subject: [games_access] Announcement

>

>Hi folks,

>

>I have an announcement. As you may know I temporarily quit work at

>the Accessibility foundation to finish my PhD by working at the

>Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU - my other job for the past 3 or 4

>years). Here I have been offered a research job, which I decided to

>accept. This means that I have now officially quit my job at the

>Accessibility foundation. This doesn't mean that I'm going game

>audio all the way, however, since game accessibility remains one of

>my big interest areas. Although for the next couple of months my

>main focus is on game audio design, after I finish my thesis I have

>the chance to setup projects related to audio and game

>accessibility, but now at the HKU and still in collaboration with

>Accessibility. I might even have more room for setting up projects

>where I work now then before.

>

>One thing to think about, as I already discussed with Michelle, is

><http://www.game-accessibility.com>www.game-accessibility.com.

>Accessibility wants to change how the website is run, partially

>because the foundation has too little manpower, partially because we

>want to make the website available for more people. The foundation

>proposes to set up a Projectgroup Game-Accessibility.com in which

>the website is made available to the GA-SIG to basically do to it

>what needs to be done, and make it (to an extend) GA-SIG Resource

>Website*. This is just a first plan, if someone has their own ideas,

>please speak up.

>

>Greets,

>

>Richard

>

>

>* As I've understood we're in a tricky spot at the moment with all

>them websites. I personally would like to simply have a website

><http://www.gasig.org>http://www.gasig.org and put all SIG related

>stuff on it (which includes IGDA SIG and DIGRA SIG stuff). This

>could BE the IGDA website as far as I'm concerned, just with an

>extra URL. And then use GA.com for resources (papers, articles) and

>community (forum, mailinglist) only.

>

>

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