[games_access] GTA IV - PS3 Control Scheme - Accessibility Nightmare

Barrie Ellis barrie.ellis at oneswitch.org.uk
Wed Apr 30 05:20:54 EDT 2008


Re: [games_access] GTA IV - PS3 Control Scheme - AccessibiSounds great!... look forward to hearing more.

Barrie
www.OneSwitch.org.uk

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From: d. michelle hinn
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2008 9:02 PM
Subject: Re: [games_access] GTA IV - PS3 Control Scheme - Accessibility Nightmare


Hi all -- this is definitely a "next on the agenda" thing for the group -- as in, we're going to start doing this soon. We have funding (this is the "now step" along with the games for health conference in a week) that we'll be able to use soon. One thing I'd like to propose are game reviews in exchange for a small honorarium (Many magazines do this). I don't know how much this will be yet -- gotta figure out the budget!


So we'd figure out as a group what elements must be in those reviews, quality, etc. Then we, as the SIG (and I hope partnering with ablegamers as a place to cross post these position statements (we'd want to put them on the SIG blog too or at least a "teaser" that would link to the full review in addition to sending them to the companies), would put a "games to review" list (based on popular games we already know that there are problems with and games suggested by the community via ablegamers or oneswitch or anywhere else. Then the reviews can be up for grabs. There might be games that need more than one review depending on how bad the game is for accessibility. Then we'll figure out a split honorarium type of thing as needed.


This is what I would like us to start working on as the summer approaches, more and more get out of school for the year, etc. We also seem to have a traditional summer project -- I think this is a pretty good one!!


Ah...before I forget...meetings on MSN will resume shortly. Stay tuned for more information! :)


Michelle


Barrie,

I could not agree more. What can we do? Can we start sending position statements to game developers with specific suggestions?

Just a thought,

Jason


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From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org] On Behalf Of Barrie Ellis
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2008 2:00 AM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: [games_access] GTA IV - PS3 Control Scheme - Accessibility Nightmare

Grand Theft Auto - control scheme... What a nightmare...

http://www.gamecyte.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/gtamap6.jpg

A "context button" and on-screen menu could have got rid of 80% of those controls for gamers needing it...

Still "R2" looks like a fun button to interface to for one-switch gamers playing in a team...

Barrie
www.OneSwitch.org.uk



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