[games_access] Global Game Jam and Accessibility

Tara Tefertiller ttefertiller at igda-gasig.org
Mon Jan 10 14:16:38 EST 2011


I'm very much hoping if we could make this happen on a small scale it would
be awesome to push it to a much larger scale.

What does everyone think would be the appropriate recognition for accessible
games?

Would the SIG be comfortable with posting information on the "winning" games
on our Facebook or temporarily on our website? Or possibly we could just
present a certificate? Something about being the most accessible game in
their chapter? I know in my chapter there are a lot of students so having an
"award" they could put on their resume could really push them to try to win
it.
We could do all of the mentioned above, which could really push for more
chapters to become involved next year/ push us more into GGJ next year.

Any ideas?

Tara

On Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 5:37 PM, Michelle Hinn <hinn at uiuc.edu> wrote:


> I wish that I had time to get involved with the NYC chapter before GGJ

> happens (I'm moving there, uh, Friday!) but best of luck with Orlando and

> London!

>

> I think it's always great when you can start locally to challenge others to

> think globally! I'll be looking forward to hearing what happens! There'd

> been talk in the past about getting game accessibility included into GGJ in

> the past and then it became a behemoth event so I think starting small as a

> proof of concept that the larger event can use next year is definitely the

> best way to get things kicked off in the right direction! :)

>

> Michelle

>

>

> On Jan 9, 2011, at 3:53 PM, Barrie Ellis wrote:

>

> 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.

>

> Barrie

>

>

> *From:* Tara Tefertiller <ttefertiller at igda-gasig.org>

> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:34 PM

> *To:* IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List <games_access at igda.org>

> *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!

> Tara

>

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