[games_access] The AbleGamers Foundation 2010 Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year Award

hinn at illinois.edu hinn at illinois.edu
Mon Jan 24 16:04:24 EST 2011


Nice! I'm glad to see the award go to a game in a genre that I also enjoy (I'm not much of an MMO player so I like how AG has been expanding out).

Will you guys be writing up a story for the IGDA perspectives newsletter again this year? It'd be nice to see this become an annual story to help raise awareness!

Michelle

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>Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:56:27 -0500

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

>Subject: Re: [games_access] The AbleGamers Foundation 2010 Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year Award

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

>

> You know, not spam, but I wanted to say I agree with

> you. I used to love racing games and up until this

> one, they were completely out of reach for anyone

> who asked me what they could play with very limited

> mobility. I mean, who doesn't love fast sleek cars?

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>

> I'm glad to see they included options to make the

> game accessible while not interfering with the

> gameplay. If only we could get all developers to do

> that...

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>

> Steve Spohn

>

> Editor

>

> The AbleGamers Foundation

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> www.ablegamers.com

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> www.ablegamers.org

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> Find me on Skype! Username: Steve_Spohn

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>

> From: games_access-bounces at igda.org

> [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org] On Behalf Of

> Tara Tefertiller

> Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 3:45 PM

> To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List

> Subject: Re: [games_access] The AbleGamers

> Foundation 2010 Accessible Mainstream Game of the

> Year Award

>

>

>

> Thanks Steve!

>

> I actually saw the link off Facebook and forwarded

> it around my office, who specialize in making racing

> games. I thought it was awesome I could show them

> that there is an awesome main stream title that was

> in our same genre that was accessible. It was sort

> of a "Hey look! Accessible racing games are

> possible!" kind of thing.

>

> --

> Tara Tefertiller - Chairperson

> IGDA Game Accessibility SIG

>

> igda-gasig.org

> http://gameaccesssig.forumotion.com/

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> On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 3:39 PM, Steve Spohn

> <steve at ablegamers.com> wrote:

>

> Greetings all,

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>

>

> The AbleGamers Foundation announced the winner of

> this year's accessible mainstream game of the year

> award this morning and I wanted to pass that along

> with the press release. Forza motorsports 3 has

> proven to be a very accessible console game and

> Microsoft was very pleased to receive the award.

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> Please see below for more details, if you have any

> questions, comments, or concerns please e-mail me

> off list.

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>

> Thank you for your time,

>

>

>

> Steve Spohn

>

> Editor

>

> The AbleGamers Foundation

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>

>

> www.ablegamers.com

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> www.ablegamers.org

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>

>

> Find me on Skype! Username: Steve_Spohn

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> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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>

> Contact:

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> Mark Barlet

>

> mark at ablegamers.org

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> (703) 891-9017 ext:102

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>

> The AbleGamers Foundation Gives the 2010 Accessible

> Mainstream Game of the Year Award to First Console

> Game Ever

>

> Forza Motorsports 3 earns the annual award for

> extreme accessibility in a videogame for Microsoft

> and Turn 10

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>

> Harper's Ferry, WV - January 24, 2011 - The

> AbleGamers Foundation is proud to announce Turn 10

> and Microsoft's Forza Motorsports 3 is the winner of

> this year's Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year

> award. Each year, the AbleGamers Foundation looks

> at all of the mainstream video game titles released

> from Oct. to Oct. for the best use of accessibility

> in a game. Recipients must demonstrate excellence in

> accessibility by including options that allow for

> gamers with a wide range of disabilities to fully

> enjoy the game.

>

>

>

> One of the most inaccessible genres to a major part

> of the disabled gaming community is the racing genre

> due to the need to react quickly and make

> split-second decisions all while operating multiple

> buttons to play at even the most basic level. On

> top of that, console games almost always lag behind

> the accessibility options computer games can provide

> through third-party software, peripherals and

> assistive technology.

>

>

>

> "We are thrilled to see developers finally including

> accessibility options in console games," said Mark

> Barlet, President of the AbleGamers Foundation.

> "Microsoft and Turn 10 really impressed us with the

> extreme flexibility and number of ways you can play

> Forza 3 thanks to the options included in the game.

> Many of the gamers with disabilities in our

> community were unable to play racing games easily

> before this title."

>

>

>

> Forza 3 incorporates many accessibility features

> including auto braking, which enables the ability of

> gamers to concentrate on steering alone. While the

> accelerator is held down by either a latching switch

> or simply taping down the button, the entire game

> can be played with only two buttons. That kind of

> accessibility allows almost any mobility impaired

> gamer to enjoy the game. Not to mention the "rewind"

> feature that allows gamers to "do over" parts of the

> race, which is extremely useful for the cognitively

> impaired and those with low reaction time or

> dexterity.

>

>

>

> "Microsoft is honored and delighted to accept the

> Accessible Game of the Year Award from AbleGamers

> for Forza Motorsport 3," said Aaron Kornblum,

> Director Security Policy, Interactive Entertainment

> Business, which includes Xbox and Xbox Live. "We

> believe that making technology as accessible as

> possible will enable people throughout the world to

> realize their full potential, regardless of their

> abilities"

>

>

>

> You can read the whole story, and see a video of

> some of

> the flexibility offered http://ablegamers.com/u1a91

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> About The AbleGamers Foundation

>

>

>

> The AbleGamers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public

> charity that runs AbleGamers.com provide news,

> reviews, and advice on disabled technology and the

> accessibility of mainstream video game

> titles. Eligible titles for this award are games

> published between Oct 2009 to Oct 2010. As an

> alternative to Serious Gaming, mainstream video

> games supply many disabled individuals and veterans

> with rehabilitation as well as social stimulation in

> situations where they may be otherwise shut out of

> society's idea of normal everyday life. Find out

> more at http://www.ablegamers.org

>

>

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>

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> For more information about this topic, the

> AbleGamers foundation, AbleGamers.com, donating, or

> to schedule an interview with Mark Barlet, President

> of The AbleGamers Foundation, call (703) 891-9017

> ext:102 or email Steve Spohn at press at AbleGamers.com

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