[games_access] one switch bejewelled

AudioGames.net richard at audiogames.net
Sat Mar 1 05:41:11 EST 2008

Hi Eelke,

Great experiment and glad to see the differences (in selecting the gem to move - phase 1) and the similarities (in selecting the gem to both the initially selected gem to - phase 2) of both solutions. Will send you the statistics file later on.

In short: I immediately liked the second one better, because it felt more natural and seemed to be a bit quicker (?). Also, I found the blue arrow more clearer than the red selection bars in solution one (although this can be fixed with graphic design of course). I could easily play the game with both solutions, so both work very well in that respect. One suggestion you might want toy around with: I find Bejewelled a simple kind of Puzzle Game in which players (well, at least I) don't make many mistakes - you basically scan where you see a possible move and when spotted, you execute that move. So as long as you don't spot a possible move, you won't make a move. So with the thought in mind that when the player finally makes a move he or she already knows it CAN be made, you might want to add the option/feature that the computer only selects those gems to move to (so phase 2) that are possible. This will speed up the gameplay a lot I think and will not interfere much with the game's challenge.
One other thing I just thought of: there is no solution yet for deselcting a gem during phase 1 when you accidentally select the wrong gem. In the original game, you simple click the gem again (I had it once while trying you demo). You could try adding some kind of solution for this, for instance a timer during phase 2 that deselects the gem after x amount of non-activity.

Since I have some one-switch experiments laying around here as well (one-switch tetris (two different interaction mechanisms), one switch arkenoid (two different interaction mechanisms) and a one switch platform game (only one interaction mechanisms)), maybe we can set up a spot somewhere as a IGDA GASIG One Button Experiment Lab where we can add more stuff like this and maybe get more people inspired?



ps: sorry for never answering your Guitar Hero question related to our IEZA article. I started a reply but never finished it. We will try to answer it in full length in a follow-up article. But in short: the framework features 2 dimensions, from which 4 categories arise. But this is not the same as a cross-table. So a sound could very well border on two categories, a bit like so:

There is more to this than I'll write now (like how can one sound be "more diegetic" than another), but expect our thoughts on this in a follow-up :)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eelke Folmer" <eelke.folmer at gmail.com>
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:08 PM
Subject: [games_access] one switch bejewelled

> hi,


> My student Tyler made a simple one switch bejewelled with two

> different interaction mechanisms (scan & select / rotate & extend),

> http://www.eelke.com/files/GEM.exe which you can download here. If

> you'd like to help us with some research on which mechanism is better

> please play the game using both mechanisms for a bit and mail us back

> the file: statisticOutput.txt (please mail to oneswitch at eelke.com).


> Disclaimer: this is not a fully fledged game since we are only

> interested in finding out which mechanism works best.


> Thanks Eelke



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