[games_access] AbleGamers Press Release On Joystiq

D. Michelle Hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Tue Nov 24 02:22:13 EST 2009

Oh I agree, Steve! While it was a horrible attempt at sarcasm, in the
realm of comments we've seen in the past when anything comes out in
the mainstream gaming news, wow...things have gotten WAY uglier.
Sadly a few people even on this article have left a few rather nasty
comments...nothing AS bad as what I've seen for other articles but
still frustrating to see.

Sadly, we'll always see this in human nature. And that, well, just
makes me sad.

Looking forward to your future articles -- good idea about using that
about talking about how people use making fun of others to raise
their own spirits. Very good idea, indeed.

Keep on putting out interesting stories -- lots of great things to
read there!


On Nov 23, 2009, at 11:18 PM, Steven Spohn wrote:

> 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,

> http://ablegamers.com/disabled-gamers-general-news/Is-20th-Century-

> Fox-Suppo

> 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.


> Steve


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> 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...


> Michelle


> 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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