[games_access] SIG in Austen?

Barrie Ellis oneswitch at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 15 03:19:52 EDT 2010

Great to see this Tara: http://uk.gamespot.com/special_feature/disabled_gamerhacks/image-feature/index.html?image=1 - some excellent coverage of your D.I.Y. session. Nice one!

Got some more bits sent to me thanks to Gavin Philips:

CATEA wiki page on Wii adaptations:

Instructable from Georgia Tech on how to fully switch adapt a WiiMote (pretty slick use of CAT5 cable):

The same instructions presented directly from Georgia Tech:

A much simpler approach to switch adapting a WiiMote (second story down):

Plan to get a page up at the GameBase in the near future with a link on the OneSwitch D.I.Y. pages too: http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/4/DIY/index.htm

Have a good week, all!


From: Tara Tefertiller
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 6:58 PM
To: Barrie Ellis
Subject: Re: [games_access] SIG in Austen?

I didn't want to send this to the entire thread, but as someone who has been trying to work with AbleGamers (although it gets harder and harder as Mark becomes more and more paranoid of the SIG and Michelle) I felt like you should hear about a third party's perspective of this "hijack." For the panel at SXSW, Michelle was the organizer. You can still see that if you look at the panel picker that Steven linked to... Anyway, when Michelle organized it, she did do so with help from AbleGamers, as it would generate publicity outside the SIG... And it was relevant to the people who visit the AbleGamer site. I'm not even sure that Mark was going to the event... then when she resigned from AbleGamers, she simply went about SXSW on her own, she had already done most of the work. She didn't do it as a "Fuck you" to AbleGamers... just more of a "I'm not with AbleGamers anymore so I probably shouldn't be representing them at an event." Of course, you know how Mark is with Michelle... it was automatically a high jack.

I know all of this because originally I was going to be going to SXSW with Michelle, but then had to back down because I couldn't afford to go to both GDC and SXSW.

This all really makes me sad. I love working with the people in the AbleGamers community. I love helping people. and I know that AbleGamers could help more people with they would work with others instead of trying to do a 2 person crusade... I don't know. Anyway, I hope this sheds some light on what is happening.

On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:48 AM, Barrie Ellis <oneswitch at googlemail.com> wrote:

I don't know details of any 'hijack', but I am well aware of the paranoia and narcissism that taints AbleGamers. I have personally be made to feel very unwelcome there despite a number of attempts to contribute positively. I've received e-mails questioning my efforts in this field, had comments on AbleGamers removed from the site, then been told to post again but to be honest. If others (including Michelle) have been made to feel the way I have in the past by Mark Bartlet and yourself, then it would explain why they may have left the AbleGamers ship.

This bad-feeling and negativity is absurd in the light of the movement. It's nice to be nice! Could we try now?!


From: "Steve Spohn" <steve at ablegamers.com>

Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 5:10 PM
To: "'IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List'" <games_access at igda.org>

Subject: Re: [games_access] SIG in Austen?

Hi all,

I'm not sure, after Michelle hijacked the panel from AbleGamers following
her resignation, we stopped following its progress. However, as far as I
know, she is letting it is rotting on the vine.

Steve Spohn

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On Behalf Of Tess Snider
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 6:25 PM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: Re: [games_access] SIG in Austen?

On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 12:04 PM, Robert Florio <arthit73 at cablespeed.com>

Is anyone still going to that? I got a letter for doing a session but I
needed to raise money and I don't have any for that trip.

I live in Austin, and I was planning to attend AGDC (or GDCO, as it is
now called), but I may have another speaking obligation, already.
Still trying to figure out what's going on.

Are the panel, etc., for SXSW still on? I wanted to say hi!

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