[games_access] AbleGamers Press Release On Joystiq

Steven Spohn steve at ablegamers.com
Tue Nov 24 00:18:34 EST 2009

Actually, I feel the same way. I did not appreciate the last comment from
the article writer, but to be honest, it's really good coverage and
controversy brings even more coverage. Was it a funny joke? Absolutely not.

I would like to show you guys something though. I wrote an article with
Mark about mainstream media recently picking up disabilities, this is a bit
out of the spectrum for AbleGamers but we are all disabled after all. At any
rate in the article,
rting-the-Disabled-through-the-use-of-Media.html are some links to some
actors that are disabled but not in wheelchairs.

Doing my due diligence and research for the article, I found this link to
the message board of the actor Tony Cox who has been in over 50 movies
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0185272/board/nest/101963528 - another classic
example of no matter how much success you achieve, there will always be
detractors and people who are so miserable that making fun of other people
makes them feel better.

Going to use this in another article I am writing, hopefully that article
will be done relatively soon. At any rate, just try to remember that it can
get much worse than a horrible attempt at sarcasm.


-----Original Message-----
From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org]
On Behalf Of D. Michelle Hinn
Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 11:49 PM
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Subject: Re: [games_access] AbleGamers Press Release On Joystiq

Well, a definite congrats on the coverage and the announcement!

However, I'm kind of pissed at Joystiq for their last sentence:

"In a show of support, Joystiq Publishing has sent over its highly
anticipated puzzle game, Is This Color Red or Green?. We reckon it's
at least a nine."

That was a cheap shot that they took in the final sentence of the
article, though I understand that they were trying to be funny
but...I guess I'm not super appreciative of that kind of thing. Just
my personal feelings. A shame that they put that in their article...a
few people remarked on that not finding it funny so I guess I'm not
totally alone.

Sorry...I just hate that kind of thing. Not raining on your
parade...I just hate that when accessibility gets covered, sometimes
people have to go there. It's not the fault of AbleGamers...just more
of a commentary of past inappropriate things being said to me and
others when we've explained the mission of game accessibility. Just
wish that they would have kept things away from having to make a joke
about a disability. I realize they probably meant to make fun of
companies that don't include correct that design issue but I'm not
sure that was exactly the right way to go about it.

Just my thoughts...


On Nov 23, 2009, at 7:13 PM, Steven Spohn wrote:

> Hello Fellow Sig Member,


> It's a great day for accessibility!! Joystiq has picked up our press

> release that showcases AbleGamers' first of its kind accessibility

> review

> section for MAINSTREAM video games. You can see the article on

> Joystiq

> http://www.joystiq.com/2009/11/23/ablegamers-launches-reviews-with-

> accessibi

> lity-in-mind/


> Here is the link to our press release on the Accessible Mainstream

> Review

> Section

> http://ablegamers.org/newsroom/5-press-releases/39-ablegamerscom-

> launches-fi

> rst-of-its-kind-video-game-review-section-with-accessibility-at-its-

> core.htm

> l


> Although not the first time AG has made it onto Joystiq, judging by

> most of

> the 70+ comments on the story, this may be one of the most

> important times

> we have made the esteemed video game centric publication. Most of the

> comments have been positive and we really appreciate that.


> Steve Spohn

> Associate Editor

> www.AbleGamers.com


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