[games_access] AbleGamers Press Release On Joystiq

Mark Barlet mark at ablegamers.com
Tue Nov 24 13:16:23 EST 2009


I would review it Nathalie if I could, and you are right, it would not
score high I am sure, I suspect that this was an attempt to by funny,
and I suspect that they singled out color blind because it was the one
they felt was the least offensive (to them).

I am glad for the coverage, trust me they load tested the crap out of
the new server, but the last comment from them was uncalled for.

Thank you all for the support. Keep on keeping on. Now I am off to
play REG / GREEN.

Mark

On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM, Nathalie Caron <nathalie at gamefwd.org> wrote:

> Hi all:

> Just my 2 cents here - I guess the best thing to do is for AG to review this

> game of theirs and reveal their every mistake... Demonstrating whether or

> not they could be taken seriously, I suppose.

> But the important thing remains that they covered the story, and whether the

> shameless plug at the end was in good taste or not, at least more people are

> aware of Game Accessibility...

> Cheers,

> Nathalie Caron, Lead Writer

> Game Forward

> http://gamefwd.org

> On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 12:09 PM, sheryl Flynn <sherylflynn at yahoo.com>

> wrote:

>>

>> WOW (head shaking in total disappointment)....I whole heartedly agree with

>> Michelle....although I work with folks who are disabled every day- I am

>> still shocked when insensitive people have the audacity to post their

>> ignorance.  I love Ablegamers (as you know) and I'm so happy and proud of

>> Mark/Michelle/Steve and all the other contributors.

>>

>> Bottom line:  "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."

>>

>> IS NOT FUNNY!  It just is not, there are no two ways about it.  It is

>> insensitive and mean (as are MANY of the comments)...shocking that in

>> today's world there are so many insensitive, discriminating folks out

>> there.   WOW..

>>

>> ~Sheryl Flynn PT, PhD

>>

>>

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>> ________________________________

>> From: John Morgan <inrnette at aol.com>

>> To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List <games_access at igda.org>

>> Sent: Mon, November 23, 2009 10:09:32 PM

>> Subject: Re: [games_access] AbleGamers Press Release On Joystiq

>>

>> I agree Michelle! Up until the last sentence it was a positive article.

>> That sentence said a lot but lacked a sensitivity to the seriousness to

>> accessibility.

>> Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

>>

>> -----Original Message-----

>> From: "D. Michelle Hinn" <hinn at uiuc.edu>

>> Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 22:49:13

>> To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List<games_access at igda.org>

>> 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...

>>

>> 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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