[games_access] Judge Tosses Blind Gamer's Suit vs. Sony

Robert Florio arthit73 at cablespeed.com
Sun Feb 28 15:01:46 EST 2010


Sorry, I accidentally send my e-mail before finishing what I'm saying.

Hi John. I don't think we ever met before but thanks for mentioning me in
your list of people trying to spread the word. I haven't been active on
this for a while I've just been burned out I guess from graduating, not
getting a job, working my butt off in the art field and hardly selling any
artwork but anyway. Doing all this with my mouth and then with that kind of
a disability but on the upside, I rock 'n roll all day and night.

Who web sites I couldn't find a brief paragraph describing what it is....

.... continuing!... I could not find a section of your web site that said
the purpose of your site because I want to add it to my web site
accessibility link page. I have not added anything to my accessibility link
page in so long. If you have any list of other accessible web sites for
gaming creating games and stuff like that please let me know I can put them
on there.

I'm downloading your book now to play. Is it only audio games for the
blind? Are you guys in Massachusetts United States?

I'm in Glen burnie Maryland United States. 30 minutes north of Washington,
DC.

This is my page for accessibility. The rest of my web site shows my
artwork. And I have not been doing any reviews with the quad controller
games in years. Bad, I know. I've just been busy trying to start a career
and trying to find a girlfriend so I guess, actually I stopped playing video
games more than a year ago. Isn't that horrible. Time flies. I have it set
up a just don't play but I would like to. I guess because I paint all day
my mouth takes a lot of abuse and that controller hurts my mouth. That's
why.

http://www.robertflorio.com/Game_Accessibility.html

That's my web site link. Check it out. Give me some improvements please I
can add a lot of information and links.
Robert



-----Original Message-----
From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org]
On Behalf Of John Bannick
Sent: Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:04 PM
To: games_access at igda.org
Subject: [games_access] Judge Tosses Blind Gamer's Suit vs. Sony

Chuck,

As an independent developer of games that are accessible, I "feel your
pain."
We've (7-128 Software) been offering games that are accessible to blind,
motion-impaired, or deaf gamers for several years now.
We do sell some.
But not a lot.

Our blind colleagues over on audyssey.org report the same results.
Some sales. But not a lot.

That being said, I think it's due to our weak marketing.
Something we're working on this year.

As to purchases of your game:

1. This SIG has relatively few, though influential, members.
Industry studies indicate that it takes about 100 "contacts" to generate
1 sale.

2. Despite your connection with EA (congrats, by the way) we've never
heard of you.
No offense meant. Just a fact.
And that's right after completing our annual survey of Web sites for
gamers who have special needs.
I just now Googled "accessible computer games"
We came up on page 1. We're tiny.
DanZ came up on page 1. He's out of business.
You didn't come up in the 1st 10 pages.
I never saw your review on Mark's site. (Sorry, Mark)
Nor your ad in Parenting.
Nor your review in AT News.
Again, no diss meant. Just the facts.

3. Not everyone plays sports games.
Me for instance.
(I like mystery games.)

It seems unreasonable to expect sales to a small group of people who
likely have never heard of your game, and may or may not play sports games.

However, your frustration is understandable, and shared by us indie
developers of games that are accessible.
My personal response to that frustration is to try to do a better job of
marketing and to support groups such as this SIG and sites like Mark's
and Barrie's, and individual efforts like Robert's and Sandra's to make
people aware of the issue.

To that end, we're adding your Web site to our Top 25 Web Sites for
Gamers who are Motion Impaired - 2010, as a Site to Watch.
Not a fantastic help, but we do distribute it to MI-related groups and
publicity never hurts.

John Bannick
CTO
www.7128.com




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