[games_access] Contactlist GA, for pedagogues/teacher

Barrie Ellis oneswitch at gmail.com
Wed Feb 16 17:25:52 EST 2011

No one is forcing people to get ESRB / PEGI ratings as regards smaller independent games, so they wouldn't be affected. I'll put my hands up straight away and say I know very little about the cost implications though as for getting mainstream games rated. Maybe I'm wrong on that...

So... should that be our big issue for the future? Build an IGDA GASIG/Neutral New Body ratings system that incorporates all those passionate individuals and organisations in this field - and see if we have enough common ground to build something? If so - I think we need to take step one, and look very hard at our Top 10 wish list for game accessibility, and decide if it best represents what we'd like to encourage... From there, an attainable ratings system could be built I think. I'd love it if that could happen, and for the bad-feelings that have been close to the surface to be left behind. Is it possible?


From: Eleanor Robinson
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:46 PM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: [games_access] Contactlist GA, for pedagogues/teacher

Barrie Ellis said:

"I'd personally like to see PEGI, the ESRB and other similar organisations take on game accessibility ratings, tricky as it is."

I have to respond to that!! If you require ESRB or PEGI ratings, it will completely knock out all the independent game developers who produce accessible games. We investigated the possibility of having our games rated - It costs upward of $2000.00 per game - basically regardless of the size of the game. When you are a small game company that is prohibitive.

I don't know how much (or if) PEGI costs like that, but having a game rated here in the US is an expensive proposition.

7-128 Software rates all our games as to their accessibility. I don't see why we, as a SIG, couldn't agree on a rating system and let game developers know about it and encourage them to use it.

With regard to Educators, that is what we tried to do with our ALERT project. It is a bit dated at this point, and I had such a hassle trying to get responses from game companies that I sort of put it on the back burner.

Check it out and see if there is any value to the SIG there - If so, we can work with it.

Eleanor Robinson
7-128 Software


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