[games_access] Global Game Jam and Accessibility

Barrie Ellis oneswitch at gmail.com
Sun Jan 9 16:53:19 EST 2011

Great stuff, Tara. There's a possibility that I'll be attending one in London on the 28th this month (SpecialEffect have been invited). Be fantastic to see what comes out of all of this.


From: Tara Tefertiller
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:34 PM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: [games_access] Global Game Jam and Accessibility

Hey Everyone,

I'm not sure if there is a Global Game Jam event in your area, but if there is- I highly recommend you get involved.

For those of you who don't know what the Global Game Jam is-

One weekend, the Global Game Jam takes developers and students from local areas and puts them together and challenges them to make one game, from start to finish- in 1 weekend. It's not for anything other than fun and learning. It happens around the world, and once the games are made they are available to be played for free on the web.

I am scheduled to be attending the Orlando Chapter of the Global Game Jam and we have a very interesting idea- challenge the teams to incorporate as many game accessibility features into their games as possible (remmappable controls, color blind friendly UI, and so on). The team that does the best job of this will receive some sort of special recognition. We're still working out all of the details, as in we literally just decided to work together.

I would love for other SIG members to see if there is a Game Jam Chapter in their area and see if they could also get involved, and also implement the same kind of challenge. Who knows, maybe for next year this can be a world wide challenge and not just a local one.

If you are interested, let me know!


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