[games_access] AbleGamers Foundation Names FIFA 13 the 2012 Mainstream Accessible Game of the Year

Steve Spohn steve at ablegamers.com
Wed Jan 2 10:43:48 EST 2013

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Contact: Steve Spohn

press at ablegamers.org

(703) 891-9017 ext:101

AbleGamers Foundation Names FIFA 13 the 2012 Mainstream Accessible Game of
the Year

*International Soccer Juggernaut Enables Gamers of All Disabilities to Join
in on the Fun.*

Harpers Ferry, WV –January 2, 2013– The AbleGamers Foundation is thrilled
to announce EA’s international soccer sensation FIFA 13 wins the coveted
AbleGamers Mainstream Accessible Game of the Year Award. With outstanding
accessibility options, FIFA 13 enables some of the most severely disabled
gamers to enjoy the thrill of the “world's most popular” stadium game.

“AbleGamers was amazed by the accessibility of FIFA 13,” said Mark Barlet,
President and Founder of the AbleGamers Foundation. “EA enabled gamers with
severe motor and cognitive disabilities by including remappable keys, an
unheard-of mouse only mode and game settings that allow the entire game to
be tailored to the unique abilities of each disabled gamer.”

“We are delighted and honored by how approachable EA has been,” continued
Barlet. “They really took the principles of our game accessibility
*Includification*, to heart. We are starting to see some real fruits of our
labors preaching accessibility over the last decade. I'm personally
thrilled to see big-name studios listening to our advocacy for the disabled
community in the gaming industry.”

“There's just not enough you can say about a game like FIFA 13,” said Steve
Spohn, Editor-In-Chief of AbleGamers.com and Community Outreach chair for
the foundation. “Such a large portion of our community is ecstatic over the
ability to play a genre of game that's mostly inaccessible due to the
number of controls needed and fast-paced action. The mouse only mode is
phenomenal for those with muscular dystrophy, and the ability to slow down
the entire game is such a boon for the cognitively impaired.”

The AbleGamers annual award will be presented to EA at a gaming conference
later this year. Honorable mentions also went out to 2K Game’s XCOM: Enemy
Unknown and indie game Colour Bind.

For the full story behind the award winner, honorable mentions and reviews
of the all he nominated games, plus games that failed AbleGamers’
accessibility tests, please visit

*About The AbleGamers Foundation*

The AbleGamers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that runs
AbleGamers.com, which provides news and reviews on the accessibility of
mainstream video game titles, as well as consultation on assistive
technology. 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.


For more information about this topic, the AbleGamers Foundation,
AbleGamers.com, or to schedule an interview call (703) 891-9017 ext:101 or
email press at AbleGamers.com.

Steve Spohn
The AbleGamers Foundation
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