[games_access] FuturePlay: Congrats to "Game Over" and Dimitris (and team!)

hinn at uiuc.edu hinn at uiuc.edu
Fri Nov 16 22:01:09 EST 2007

Hi all,

I'm excited to announce that "Game Over" won the people's choice award at "Play Arcadia," which was the Montreal portion of the game competition that was held again here at FuturePlay in Toronto.

GameOver: http://www.ics.forth.gr/hci/ua-games/game-over/

Play Arcadia: http://www.playarcadia.com

FuturePlay Competition: http://www.futureplay.org/games.php (please note that there is blinking text on this page :( )

So along with the funding announcement and now finding out that Dimitris' (and crew) game won one of the people's choice awards, this has been a GREAT day for accessibility!

And as I was coming back to my hotel room I was thinking "what a great conference this has been!" I will write more later when I've had a chance to rest a bit and hopefully Kevin will be able to share his experiences with us as well on the list. But in summary we've made so many new friends of accessibility. Between this and E for All, we've seen amazing list growth and each and every person that learns about us IS a win. Sure, smaller conferences may frustrate us from time to time but we cannot forget that sometimes this is exactly how we attract people who will put game accessibility into their course work, tell others about it, share with a friend or a relative with a disability. Sometimes it's the one-on-one time we spend that results in impact that can be just as exciting and rewarding as speaking to a crowded room. Seeing someone walk away from talking about accessibility excited, offering help, and then joining the list...well that's just really, really cool.

But again...CONGRATS to Dimitris and his team for the award for Game Over! I was proud to accept the award on their behalf (and Dimitris -- I need your mailing address to mail you the award certificate!).

these are mediocre times and people are
losing hope. it's hard for many people
to believe that there are extraordinary
things inside themselves, as well as
others. i hope you can keep an open
-- "unbreakable"

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