[games_access] Thank you for the Into... AbleGamers.com

Ioo ioo at ablegamers.com
Mon May 21 19:41:06 EDT 2007


I want to thank Michelle for the intro.

I am Mark, I am a disabled vet (monoparesis (leg)) and avid lover of
games. I run AbleGamers.com a site dedicated to disabled gamers, I
started the site when my sister called me in tears. She was diagnosed
with MS in 2001, and after a major episode and found she could no longer
play EQ, something she really enjoyed. She was no longer able to play
the way she wanted to. So AbleGamers was born.

I want to give disabled gamers a place where they can share ideas, and
find the right game for them. I also do interviews with developers,
asking them about upcoming titles. I have found that during these
interviews many developers had never really thought about how disabled
players would approach their game. Before the release of EQ2, Sony flew
a few sites out there for a pre-release visit, I started to talking to
developers and to my surprise the conversation turned into a Q&A where I
was the one with the answers, they had the questions!!!

So I say that to say this, AbleGamers is a one man shop, right now it is
just me, so if you have something you want to add to the site, just send
it to me, I am always looking for new content, and I pay well if you
think that nothing is good pay... If you have a review you want to write
you are welcome to.

Also, if anyone wants to be interviewed or wants to get some info out,
ping me...

UPCOMING FEATURES!!!!
Well this weekend we are moving to a new server so after that I will be
posting an interview with Firaxis Games' production manager, with an
opening statement by SID MEIER!!! (I am sure most know who he is,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Meier )

It took me a long time to get this pull. It is a great interview, I
think it does a lot to help the cause, and Sid's opener is good, and as
celeb developers recognizing the need for addressing disabled gaming,
other developers will take note!!!!

I am glad to know that I am not alone in my plight, thank you to
Michelle for reaching out to me...

Mark Barlet
AbleGamers.com

Forgive any spelling errors, or grammer issues


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