[games_access] WoW accessible for blind gamers?

John Porter jrporter at uw.edu
Tue Feb 7 20:00:18 EST 2012


I remember back in 2009 when Alex Stern filed suit against SOE because he
was unable to play Everquest. The case was rather promptly thrown out of
court (unsurprisingly) because games --even MMOs-- are not considered places
of 'public accommodation' and therefore aren't covered by the Americans with
Disabilities Act. Perhaps the judicial system in other countries might react
differently, but at least in the US, the discrimination angle doesn't seem
viable right now.

Schools are an ENTIRELY different story, though. If a game became part of
the mainstream curriculum in a public classroom, then the ADA would be
directly applicable and it would be a fairly open and shut case.

[Also, hey everyone! First time poster here).

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John R. Porter III
www.jrp3.net
University of Washington,
Human Centered Design & Engineering


-----Original Message-----
From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org]
On Behalf Of Thomas Westin
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 12:54 PM
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: Re: [games_access] WoW accessible for blind gamers?

yes, it has been discussed before, and I and many on this list have tried
several times with various success with this argument. I think
implementation in school (especially public school) will create the scale
which motivates accessibility features, also for smaller groups like blind.
Otherwise schools must provide assistants which is expensive and also
doesn't give the independence for the person.

Mvh / Best regards
Thomas Westin
Stockholm University :: dsv.su.se :: +46 73-707 86 86

On 7Feb 2012, at 9:42 PM, Sandra Uhling wrote:


> Hello,

>

> what will happen when gamer go to the court, because of discrimination?

> That could be very interesting.

>

> There was one case where a deaf person got his right because

> of missing subtitle on a DVD. Country was Austria.

>

> Because of the CRPD they might get help from human rights organization.

>

>

> Best regards,

> Sandra

>

>

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----

> Von: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org]

Im

> Auftrag von Thomas Westin

> Gesendet: Dienstag, 7. Februar 2012 21:32

> An: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List

> Betreff: Re: [games_access] WoW accessible for blind gamers?

>

> no; blind gamers are excluded from mainstream games, with a few exceptions

> with help of mods like AudioQuake. The situation could become much better

if

> developers would implement solutions which AQ (and Terraformers) showed

can

> be done.

>

> Mvh / Best regards

> Thomas Westin

> Stockholm University :: dsv.su.se :: +46 73-707 86 86

>

> On 7Feb 2012, at 3:23 PM, Sandra Uhling wrote:

>

>> Hello,

>>

>> can blind gamers play WoW?

>>

>> Best regards,

>> Sandra

>>

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