[games_access] Fwd: How do blind people play games?

Barrie Ellis oneswitch at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 17:13:20 EDT 2010

Hi Mario,

I hope the following podcasts on Audio Games and Low Vision Game
Accessibility may be of use to you:

MP3 downloads:

http://www.oneswitch.retroremakes.com/podcast/ESP1.mp3 - Chapter 1
(Introduction to simple Audio Games)
http://www.oneswitch.retroremakes.com/podcast/ESP2.mp3 - Chapter 2 (Console
Audio Games and Campaigning for better)
http://www.oneswitch.retroremakes.com/podcast/ESP3.mp3 - Chapter 3 "skinny"
(Deeper Audio Games)
http://www.oneswitch.retroremakes.com/podcast/ESP3_extended.mp3 - Chapter 3
"full-fat" (Deeper Audio Games extended)

Live streamed podcasts via www.GameBase.info:

http://www.gamebase.info/members/profile/14/blog-view/_234.html - Chapter 1
with extra info.
http://www.gamebase.info/members/profile/14/blog-view/_240.html - Chapter 2
with extra info.
http://www.gamebase.info/members/profile/14/blog-view/_248.html - Chapter 3
with extra info.

The final chapter is due soon, and will be released first as part of the
"Access Collective" at www.davebanesaccess.com, and www.gamebase.info.

Best wishes,

Barrie Ellis (via the IGDA's Game Accessibility Special Interest Group
mailing list: http://gameaccessibility.blogspot.com/)

From: "Tim Chase" <agdev at thechases.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:38 PM
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
Cc: "Mario Lang" <mlang at teleweb.at>
Subject: [games_access] Fwd: How do blind people play games?

> Got this one on the Blinux (Blind Linux users) mailing list and thought

> some folks on here might be able to help Mario with some basics.


> -tim


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

> Subject: How do blind people play games?

> Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:20:18 +0200

> From: Mario Lang <mlang at teleweb.at>

> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com>

> To: blinux-list at redhat.com


> Hi.


> I will be giving a talk at Libre Software Meeting 2010 in

> Bordeaux about the above mentioned topic. I do know some

> things but I am actually no hardcore gamer type of guy. So

> I was thinking that it would be very interesting to hear

> about your personal experiences so that I can avoid

> forgetting about really cool things. I should probably

> explain that this talk is in the context of a free software

> conference, but I am not really limiting myself to free and

> open source games only. This is not to promote non-free

> software, rather the contrary, I'd like to inspire people to

> maybe start working on free clones of the already existing

> ideas.


> So, if you are blind or visually impaired and you have

> played any kind of computer games in the past, please let me

> know about it. Was the game especially designed for your

> disability, or did you use any tricks to make it playable?

> If so, what tricks did you use? Or do you perhaps know of

> any (alive) open source project which is somehow related to

> gaming for the blind?


> Let me know about it. And please reply fast, I am in the

> middle of preparing the actual slides, so the earlier I get

> your story the more likely I will be able to weave it in

> properly.


> Thanks.


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