[games_access] Technique links words to signing

d. michelle hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Mon Sep 24 20:29:00 EDT 2007

Hey -- thanks (as always!) for adding in your thoughts. Yes, I wish
that there was a simple solution to learning and teaching about deaf
culture. I'm sure that no one here (myself included) intended to say
anything disrespectful (and I'm not saying that you are saying that
either) but I did want to acknowledge that it's nice that we have
this virtual space to talk about misunderstandings and to help
correct them. Certainly there is so much we have to learn from each
other! Thanks for being honest about your own experiences!


>Thought I'll add my two bits. (yes I know..I've been

>incognito...that's what happens when you play God of War, GTA: San

>Andreas ---which I'm finally getting around to do!).


> Anyways - I read all the posts, and they're very interesting to

>read. It's sad that it's really up to US (deafies), to teach the

>hearing people about Deaf Culture and all that...yet there's some

>deafies that I know, EXPECTS that all hearing people should KNOW

>already, and that ticks me off at times. I would say 80% of the

>people that I meet on a daily basic for the my whole life, I'm their

>FIRST deaf people they ever met. So yeah, sometimes I have to teach

>them a couple things, other times I just shrug it off. I get sick of

>a sorry look when I say, "I'm deaf, please look at me.", then they

>overenuilate (sp?), and that drives me batty. It's just sometimes

>better to act like a foreigner.

> I grew up in Total Communication environment...meaning that I

>speak and sign fluently. My English has always been good (and don't

>go around correcting my grammar...I'm getting old...lol). It wasn't

>until that I went to RIT, and I've seen some deafies could barely

>write well. They write, "broken" English, because that's the way

>they sign.


>English: "I went to California last year. It was a lot of fun!"

>ASL, may write: "Me touch California, last year. Wow! Lot fun"


>See the difference? They cannot "hear" the words in their head, so

>instead they can "see", so they write what they can see.


> Mind you this is a small population of deaf people, so I'm not

>making a general statement that all deaf people's English is bad.


>However...having said all that....some of you said that it may be

>moot to add text if they can't understand it.

> Actually, I think the opposite. I think they can quite

>understand it well, because they watch TV with CC all the time, so

>they're used to texts.


> Try watching TV with CC on for two weeks. Then turn it off.

>Feels weird eh?


> Anyways,

> texts in games are sometimes difficult to implement because of

>budget, and interrupting the game flow. To me, I don't understand

>why can't they just make it as an option?! Satisfy both worlds. I

>was literally pissed when God of War is not subtitled during cut

>scenes, but IS subtitled WITHIN the game. Do you know how hard it is

>to read the Game Script (thank you GameFAQS), and watch the

>cutscenes at the same time?!



>Enough about my rambling, hope you all learned a thing or two.


>Game On



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