[games_access] Introduction

Kestrell kestrell at panix.com
Wed Jul 23 09:10:45 EDT 2008


John,

Wow! This sounds so cool! Are you going to make this accessible editor
available to other blind gamers? It sounds so fascinating!

And now I feel I really must go subscribe to your games; perhaps next month
for my birthday present to myself.

Kes

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Bannick" <jbannick at 7128.com>
To: <games_access at igda.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 5:20 AM
Subject: [games_access] Introduction



> Greg,

>

> It's odd to read your post referring to "Designing Audio Concurrently With

> Game Design" at this particular moment.

>

> My company, 7-128 Software, builds mainstream casual computer games that

> are accessible.

>

> This morning I'm coding a tool for Perkins School for the Blind, here in

> Boston, that will let them edit content for some new children's games

> we're doing.

>

> Since some of their employees are blind, I'm including self-voicing and

> JAWS screen-reader access in the editor.

>

> So I'm sitting here waiting for the thing to compile, and browsing various

> fora. (I'm a member of the GA SIG.)

>

> Speaking as someone who's been doing UIs professionally for 30 years and

> audio UIs for the past 10 years, the audio part does affect the video

> part. It affects how you lay things out. It affects timing issues. It

> affects the information architecture. It affect platform choices. And it

> affects the time to delivery.

>

> Speaking as a game developer, the GA SIG and related fora such as

> oneswitch, ablegamers, and audyssey make a huge difference in getting

> software actually accessible. Aside from raising awareness, they provide

> sources of practical information as to what users with special needs want,

> what works, what does not work, resources available, and new products.

>

> Anyway, it's passing strange to read your post while doing exactly what

> you're referring to.

>

> Welcome and good luck at your conference.

>

> John Bannick

> CTO 7-128 Software

> www.7128.com

>

>

>

>

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