[games_access] IndieCity adds accessibility tags

Ian Hamilton i_h at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 20 11:50:26 EST 2012


Nice work!
PEGI won't touch anything that isn't about age suitability. Even though as an organisation they're in favour of accessibility they don't see it as part of their remit, which is fair enough.

However there's another possible route, manufacturers. They have their own set of symbols they add in addition to PEGI's.
See that various standardised things on the back of these..
XBOX:
http://pics.mobygames.com/images/covers/large/1203804512-00.jpghttp://pics.mobygames.com/images/covers/large/1280662562-00.jpg
PS3:
http://s3images.coroflot.com/user_files/individual_files/original_471501_jjTKUbXScLr9JKjv9CeSrmOij.jpg
WII:
http://media1.gameinformer.com/imagefeed/featured/ubisoft/rabbidsland/box/photo4.jpghttp://www.zeldaelements.net/images/games/twilight_princess/packaging/wii_eu_box_back.jpg
Dolby, family settings, 1 player etc etc. Nintendo are a bit different, all they talk about is input devices (the controller icons), but they at least have a standardised system in place for displaying manufacturer specific information about game suitability.
I'm not sure about terminology for other manufacturers but for the XBox at least they're listed out in the TCRs, which are the testing criteria that all XBox developers have to work to in order to publish their games .
As well as the obvious direct benefit for disabled gamers, getting those few basic common things (subtitles, colour blind friendly, remapping etc) listed in TCRs would be pretty fantastic for raising developer awareness.
Ian


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> Hello all!

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> IndieCity, our indie games portal, has added basic accessibility tags alongside the PEGI-style content descriptors:

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> http://store.indiecity.com/ratings#age-rating

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> At the moment we've got icon tags for:

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> Colour Blind Accessible

> Deaf Accessible

> Epilepsy Warning

> Remappable Controls

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> Developers can also add their own tags. I'm hoping to push the visibility of it a bit more so that people know it's there, but I'm quite pleased it's gone live and is alongside the other content descriptors - it's a shame that PEGI don't do the same with boxed products.

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> Lynsey Graham

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