[games_access] GDC 2008
richard at audiogames.net
Sun Sep 16 16:33:03 EDT 2007
I personally think much of the practical side of game accessibility (from
the perspective of design/development) is related to interface design
(graphic/auditory UI, I/O design, etc). So I think an UI track would be
great - if there is such a track of course!
Richard (very interested in the aesthetic-side of AG as well)
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From: "Reid Kimball" <reid at rbkdesign.com>
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
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Subject: Re: [games_access] GDC 2008
> I'd like to do a presentation on closed captioning in games, but I'm
> not sure what you mean by some presentations are part of the SIG while
> others are not? Is the SIG only doing presentations that are part of
> the IGDA track? For example, if I wanted to put my presentation in the
> Production track (as an example) then my presentation will be
> independent of the SIG?
> Which brings me to my next question. What audience should I present
> closed captioning to? Michelle and Richard had a great response from
> the audio designers, which is wonderful. What's unfortunate about
> closed captioning is that, while it has been supported by audio
> designers, it doesn't present them with anything new. It's not a new
> idea in game design concepts like audio games for the blind are. It's
> really about conveying audio in a different medium (text or gfx). Is
> that message useful for audio designers? I'm leaning towards not so
> much. Because, whether or not closed captions are used in a game,
> doesn't affect the audio design of a game. Closed captions affect
> production budgets in localization and UI graphic designs the most I
> think. Last, but not least, they do directly affect the enjoyment of
> the game from a deaf player's experience. Not sure what track
> "enhancing player experience" would fall into, probably game design.
> Should I give the talk to UI designers? A UI designer at LucasArts
> loves the idea of closed captioning in games and Marc Laidlaw, writer
> of Valve Software has said he really likes the aesthetic of seeing
> text match the chaos of the gameplay on screen.
> Any opinions on who my audience should be?
> On 9/15/07, d. michelle hinn <hinn at uiuc.edu> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> So as you know (or not) the GDC final proposals that go through the
>> (not the IGDA track) are due Oct 1st. I've set up a page on the wiki that
>> I'll be filling in over the weekend with proposals that I know of that
>> going through the regular review system:
>> If you have an idea for a session that WE (ie, the SIG) should turn in,
>> please also add that to the list.
>> If you are planning to put in a session that you DON'T want turned in
>> the SIG proposals, please add them to this list with a short description
>> with a note saying that you are turning that in independently just so
>> that I
>> know how many game accessibility proposals are out there. This will also
>> help me keep an eye out for them, as some, if rejected, might be able to
>> put in through the IGDA track (there might have to be a presentation
>> change but it's a "second chance" opportunity).
>> Finally -- to ensure that I have an idea about how many passes we will
>> for GDC, please send me an email and/or post it on the wiki if you are
>> planning on attending GDC 2008. That way I can distribute names across
>> proposals as needed to ensure that as many people who want to attend as
>> possible will be able to gain access to the GDC without worry.
>> As you know, we are using a different method for GDC 2008, replacing the
>> really exhausting daily set up and take down of the accessibility arcade
>> with an expo booth (also allows us to get the message across to those who
>> only have very limited GDC access). We're also distributing the work of
>> sessions more so that I'm not "in charge" of all of the presentations. I
>> might be in many of them but I won't be the one doing the main planning
>> all of them once we get past the submission process.
>> Thanks everyone!
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