[games_access] games_access Digest, Vol 89, Issue 17

Barrie Ellis oneswitch at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 16:35:20 EDT 2011


Shoot1Up "a silly little game?" - I think that's a surprising and very poor attitude to take to be honest. It's a fine indie game that I find great fun to play and can teach people a lot. It has far more accessibility features than any main-stream game I can think of. Nathan Fouts went out of his way to reach out to accessible gaming community for their advice (including AbleGamers), put some fantastic features in - and opened the game up many more potential players. Bit of a slap in the face to belittle that?

The world of gaming isn't just AAA games, Steve, old fruity.

Barrie

From: Steve Spohn
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 8:18 PM
To: 'IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List'
Subject: Re: [games_access] games_access Digest, Vol 89, Issue 17


Let's be honest though. People want to play Dragon Age, Forza 3, DiRT3 and the like FAR more than Shoot1 Up or Golf Tour. Showcase good games; it helps steer people away from thinking only silly little games can be accessible. I'd listen to Ian.



Steve Spohn

Editor-In-Chief

The AbleGamers Foundation



www.ablegamers.com - community site

www.ablegamers.org - foundation website

www.gameaccessibility.org- learn the basics of game accessibility



Skype ID Steve_Spohn



From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org] On Behalf Of Barrie Ellis
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 12:56 PM
To: games_access at igda.org
Subject: Re: [games_access] games_access Digest, Vol 89, Issue 17



Good call.



Re. request for nice stories - loads here via the booklets: http://www.specialeffect-games.org.uk/ - that we'd be chuffed if you'd consider adding one or two from. Happy to give you a bit more back-ground on any.



Lovely wedding snaps by the way. Liked the dinosaur!



Barrie





From: Tara Voelker (Tefertiller)

Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 5:47 PM

To: Barrie Ellis ; IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List

Subject: Re: [games_access] games_access Digest, Vol 89, Issue 17



I also recommend Shoot 1 Up. I used it for a accessibility arcade/ presentation at the Orlando Science Center this past January. I set up the game and turned on one button mode and made the players play with an arcade stick, and then after playing 1 round with though options allowed them to change the settings to whatever they wanted. It was a big hit.

Additionally on Tekken 6- It also has remappble controls if you wished to use some sort of custom controller with it.





Barrie mentioned Half life- I also recommend other Valve titles as well. They all have closed captions and most have remappable controls. I demoed Portal once. Colorblind friendly, remappable controls, closed captions or subitles, no time limits. It's not violent and doesn't use bad language, so it's good to have around kids.




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Tara (Tefertiller) Voelker - Chairperson : igda-gasig.org









On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM, Barrie Ellis <oneswitch at gmail.com> wrote:

Maybe go for Wii's "Let's Tap" which has the experiential/sensory "Visualiser" modes (lovely arty ones, fireworks, and fish botherer mode) - including a proper low-pressure game of trying to get balls into a cup in as few taps as possible.



For Xbox 360 - Maybe "Shoot 1UP", which is one SpecialEffect just used at Develop, Brighton (which brought back happy memories of 2006). This game has high-contrast options, speed control, one-switch mode and various difficulty levels too. Needs a internet connection though to get signed in to Xbox Live.



If no Xbox live connection, we also demo'ed Tekken 6, which has a lovely training zone, where you can set up a two player mode (we used a one-hand controller for one player, vs. two switches for another). The great thing about Tekken 6, is that on each tap of Punch of kick, your player moves towards the opponent. With two buttons you can use special moves (e.g. hold both down), giving you some strategy possibilities. Plus you can use the handicap system to make it harder for one player than another.



Ditto Ian, re. Forza 3, which we used at last years EuroGamer: http://www.gamebase.info/magazine/read/forza-motorsport-3-_191.html and it went down well. You can do the same with Dirt 3.



We also demo'ed Half-Life 2 for the remapping modes, and full subtitles/closed-captions.



For PS3, how about Everybody's Golf World Tour? You can play 18 holes using just one-button on its easiest settings.



Hope it goes well, Sandra.



Barrie







From: Ian Hamilton

Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 3:25 PM

To: games_access at igda.org

Subject: Re: [games_access] games_access Digest, Vol 89, Issue 17



Sorry, forgot to say.. Forza is Xbox 360 only. So Forza on Xbox, Dragon Age on PS3?


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From: i_h at hotmail.com
To: games_access at igda.org
Subject: RE: games_access Digest, Vol 89, Issue 17
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:24:29 +0000

Dragon Age Origins has fantastic subtitling including optional audio description, and a host of other nice accessibility features. It won ablegamers game of the year for 2009. It's PC / 360 / PS3. Dragon Age 2 is out now, I haven't played it though, don't know if it has the same options available.



If you're after something that's assistive tech compatible then Forza 3 is a really nice one to show, works with two switches.. they also have an ablegamers game of the year award behind them.


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> Room: 60 qm

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> (Each station has system, monitor, standard control)

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> 1 PC: "Q9" (Audiogame), + AudioViews of other Audiogames

> + some Headsets, + thing to connect some Headsets

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> 1 PC: "My Golf Game"

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> 1 PS3: Half-Life 2

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> I still have to find out, if it is a XBox or a XBox360.

> Do the "Half-Life2" Xbox360 / PS3 also have [CC]?

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> They said that it should be no problem to get the ok

> for "My Golf Game". EA is somehow involved in the congress.

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> We do not have to care about age rating, because it is only

> for adults.

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> Then I still miss two games.

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