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

Dimitris Grammenos gramenos at ics.forth.gr
Mon Nov 19 05:18:59 EST 2007

Hi Michelle,

Thanks a lot! If it wasn't for you I would not be able to participate - and
I also guess that your presentation contributed considerably in getting the
people's choice award :-)

You can send me the certificate to my work address:

Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)
Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
Heraklion, Crete
GR - 70013 Greece

Once more, THANK YOU,


-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of hinn at uiuc.edu
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2007 5:01 AM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: [games_access] FuturePlay: Congrats to "Game Over" and Dimitris
(and team!)

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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