[games_access] Hmm....

Barrie Ellis oneswitch at gmail.com
Wed Jan 19 16:59:54 EST 2011


I'm not overly keen on tit-for-tat sessions on this, Steve, much as it might be fun and cathartic. Maybe a bit trite, but you're entitled to your opinion, and to voice it, and I've no big problem with that.

Just a thought. Does it seem too late for you to post a run down of AbleGamers 2010? I'm sure it would make an interesting read, and I'd be personally happy to blog about it at the GASIG and pop something up on Facebook/Twitter if it sits well.

Re. your pals GameFWD (previously "The Able Gamer") - I really like what Brian and Natalie do there - it's just that their stuff isn't quite so focussed on accessible gaming as it originally was, being why they may have slipped a bit under my radar.

Here's to the new year, anyway!

Barrie





From: Steve Spohn
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:05 PM
To: 'IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List'
Subject: Re: [games_access] IGDA Perspectives - Fantastic Spotfor Game Accessibility


Thomas,



I can say that because I read the article. If you look at the first page there are 19 links, 17 of which go to SpecialEffect, game base, and one-switch supporting blogs. This is what we call in the Internet business "Link Dumping." On page 2 there are 10 more links, of which 7 go to SpecialEffect, game base, or one-switch supporting blogs. For a grand total of 29 links on one and a half pages (there is a full 1/3rd page ad on the second page) of which 24 go to SpecialEffect and supporting subsidiaries - 1 link to CNN about AbleGamers and 1 to IGDA.



AbleGamers was mentioned twice with no link. Game forward was not mentioned and not linked at all. There are no mentions of the 300 content pieces AG produced last year nor the 100 or so Game FWD produced, but there are 6 links to game base titles that are also on AG &/or Game FWD.



Linking that many times is something you would do in SEO in order to get hits, but that many would be rejected by most article basis. Regardless, I'm not fighting, I am stating facts. Could the AbleGamers foundation have submitted an article as well? Absolutely, but we just did it last year and do not wish to hog the spotlight. However, there was also not 30 links in our submission.



A duck is a duck. As you should know by now Thomas, I am blunt and honest. Barrie knows I have no problem with him, we squabble sometimes but all families do. This article was an advertisement, call it what it was.



Steve Spohn

Associate Editor

The AbleGamers Foundation



www.ablegamers.com

www.ablegamers.org



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From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org] On Behalf Of Thomas Westin
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:58 AM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: Re: [games_access] IGDA Perspectives - Fantastic Spot for Game Accessibility



Steve, I just made a search for "AbleGamers" and "SpecialEffect" in the document, results?

AbleGamers: 3 hits

SpecialEffect: 4 hits



I can't see how you could say it was an ad for SpecialEffect



Barrie and IGDA made a great article, just as you do with AbleGamers. IMHO. We should encourage each other, not fight.



Peace, games and accessibility

Thomas



--Do("orDoNot(" & QUOTE & "there is no try{}" & QUOTE & ")")











On 18Jan 2011, at 8:14 PM, Steve Spohn wrote:





I feel like I just read an ad for special effect.



Steve Spohn

Associate Editor

The AbleGamers Foundation



www.ablegamers.com

www.ablegamers.org



Find me on Skype! Username: Steve_Spohn



From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org] On Behalf Of Barrie Ellis
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:59 PM
To: games_access at igda.org
Subject: [games_access] IGDA Perspectives - Fantastic Spot for Game Accessibility



We've received some great support from the IGDA for Game Accessibility and the GASIG here:

http://www.igda.org/newsletter

http://www.igda.org/newsletter/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/IGDA-Newsletter-January-2011_final.pdf

Huge thanks to Beth Aileen Lameman who put the newsletter together, and did such a tip-top-pro job.



Barrie



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