[games_access] IGDA Newsletter, Great Story on Page 16 and 17.

Barrie Ellis oneswitch at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 10 06:11:21 EST 2010


Thanks for the support, Joshua! We appreciate it.

I think Mark had done a great job promoting this article as I've seen it all
over the place, and the IGDA mag is looking very nice. A great improvment:

http://www.igda.org/sites/default/files/February2010-IGDA_Perspectives.pdf

I do think there are some overblown (perhaps just over enthusiastic
statements) as regards the Dragon Age: Origin's overall accessibility, such
as: "However, the relatively small font size was immediately addressed by
Bioware, bringing the number of accessibility problems to zero." and "Orders
can be issued during the pause, allowing anyone to keep up with the game no
matter the level of cognitive impairment.". I don't agree with those
statements as I know a lot of players who just can't grasp RPG's, couldn't
manage the control scheme, and some of whom wouldn't get on with the
graphics as they stand. However, I can't take away the fact that Mark is
making some waves and the push for greater accessibility is a good thing.
I'd say, good effort, but don't forget the niche-of-a-niche disabled gamers.
Now how arrogant do I sound?!

Barrie
www.OneSwitch.org.uk











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From: "Joshua Caulfield" <Joshua at igda.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 4:43 PM
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
Subject: Re: [games_access] IGDA Newsletter, Great Story on Page 16 and 17.


> Hello Folks,

>

> I just wanted to drop a line and mention I think it was a very cool

> article, and I think you all have some incredible discussions here. I

> read as many as I can, and am always impressed with the thought that goes

> into the posting. Very high quality content from all of you.

>

> And so, just as I have done with the QA sig I say unto thee: Bring me

> another! You're some great writers and there are some great accessibility

> stories out there to tell. So send them over to myself or David Wright,

> and let's get the word out.

>

> The newsletter is one of your tools as a SIG to address the community and

> you have my full support in getting your content in there.

>

> And don't forget to vote!

> We announced the IGDA Candidates, and voting begins on the 14th,

> Valentines Day and Chinese New Year (a once in 70 years occurrence), so

> take a look over these folks and lets try and pick 5 form this awesome

> group of folks.

>

> Best,

> Joshua

>

> ________________________________

>

> From: games_access-bounces at igda.org on behalf of D. Michelle Hinn

> Sent: Mon 2/8/2010 10:26 PM

> To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List

> Subject: Re: [games_access] IGDA Newsletter, Great Story on Page 16 and

> 17.

>

>

> Great article! The Prospective Newsletter is a new format rather than the

> old text newsletter -- you are right it's looking really great!

>

> Dragon Age will certainly be considered for the ELAN award shows "Most

> Accessible Mainstream Game of 2009" award -- it will be going against a

> number of games in a multitude of genres but certainly it's a very strong

> entry! This is the first time that an industry award show has picked up

> the torch of accessibility (believe me, I know...I've been arguing for

> shows to include this for years and years now and they put it into the

> show when finalizing their categories in November!). I really feel like

> all of us are moving in the right direction!

>

> So good on you Mark for getting game accessibility into the newsletter in

> such a big way! You should be proud!

>

> Michelle

>

> On Feb 8, 2010, at 3:57 PM, Mark Barlet wrote:

>

>

> All,

>

> IGDA members should have just got an email about the new Feb issue of

> Prospective Newsletter. Looks great, (gets bigger every month). Anyway

> AbleGamers Accessibility Game of the Year award has a great 2 page story

> on the topic of the award and Dragon Age's accessibility plus. It is

> great to see game accessibility in the newsletter of IGDA. I am very

> proud.

>

> Here is a link to the feb Newsletter...

>

> http://www.igda.org/sites/default/files/February2010-IGDA_Perspectives.pdf

>

> Mark C. Barlet

> AbleGamers Foundation Inc.

>

>

> --

>

> The AbleGamers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that advocates for

> greater accessibility in the digital entertainment space.

> Visit our site, http://www.ablegamers.org <http://www.ablegamers.org/>

>

>

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