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

Javier Mairena javier.mairena at gmail.com
Mon Jan 24 16:33:07 EST 2011


Forza have some great options, autobrake, rewind... but im not sure if they
add this features thinking in accessibility, because is a pity that they
include more complex options a not others like: autoaccelerate (so simple!!
the do the hard work with autobrake!!), or reconfigurable controls (they
only include some control schemes).

Although im happy knowing that a lot of people can play this game especially
if they do some gamepad adaption for autoacelerate or change some button
position.

Great game!

On 24 January 2011 22:21, Steve Spohn <steve at ablegamers.com> wrote:


> @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

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> www.ablegamers.com

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> www.ablegamers.org <http://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 *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

>

> ---- Original message ----

> >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

> >

> >

> >

> > 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 <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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