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

Steve Spohn steve at ablegamers.com
Mon Jan 24 16:21:02 EST 2011


@Michelle sure, we can do that. If you could e-mail me off list with the
submission deadline, paper requirements, and tone to use (academic,
informal, etc.) I'll make it happen.



@Barrie Yeah, Q3 to Q3 is a bit odd, we work on a Oscar type schedule.
Grand Turismo 5 is not quite as accessible, our review of that game is in
the queue to go up. We scored it about an 8 - few visual problems and
slight mobility issues. The driver assists are not as powerful as FMS3 but
it is completely remappable.



Steve Spohn

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 hinn at illinois.edu
Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 4:04 PM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: Re: [games_access] The AbleGamers Foundation 2010 Accessible
Mainstream Game of the Year Award



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?

>

>

>

> 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...

>

>

>

> Steve Spohn

>

> Editor

>

> The AbleGamers Foundation

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>

>

> 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

> 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/

>

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

> <steve at ablegamers.com> wrote:

>

> Greetings all,

>

>

>

> 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.

>

>

>

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

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

> off list.

>

>

>

> Thank you for your time,

>

>

>

> Steve Spohn

>

> Editor

>

> The AbleGamers Foundation

>

>

>

> www.ablegamers.com

>

> www.ablegamers.org

>

>

>

> Find me on Skype! Username: Steve_Spohn

>

>

>

>

>

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> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

>

>

>

> Contact:

>

> Mark Barlet

>

> mark at ablegamers.org

>

> (703) 891-9017 ext:102

>

>

> 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

>

>

>

> 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

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

> 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

>

>

>

>

>

> ###

>

>

>

> 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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