[games_access] Online Soccer Manager

David Julian garibaldired at btinternet.com
Mon Dec 15 14:54:51 EST 2014

Thanks for the advice.


Much appreciated.






From: games_access [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org] On Behalf Of Ian Hamilton
Sent: 14 December 2014 23:11
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
Subject: Re: [games_access] Online Soccer Manager


If you can give them a succinct list of tweaks that would help, as would having some other voices alongside yours in the request. Applevis would be a very good source of people for that.


In short, you'll have better chances if you can demonstrate that the changes are simple to make and aren't just for your benefit alone. They won't have a large team, and will have to choose carefully which features they should or shouldn't work on, as everything is always at the cost of something else.


On the plus side you've got a better chance than with most games, as web / Android / iOS are all already pretty much there already, it's just a case of a few last tweaks.


If they aren't up for it then there are a couple of alternative screenreader accessible management games available, but obviously it would be better if you didn't have to lose your progress and if they didn't have to lose loyal customers.






----- Reply message -----
From: "David Julian" <garibaldired at btinternet.com>
To: <games_access at igda.org>
Subject: [games_access] Online Soccer Manager
Date: Sun, Dec 14, 2014 14:05


Hello all


My name is David and I am currently active on a football management game (OSM) owned by Gamebasics based in the Netherlands. 


Recently, the company removed the mobile version without implementing changes to the other platforms enabling screen reader users like myself to continue independently. I was offered a refund on my remaining tickets and advised that if accepted, the issue of accessibility could no longer be discussed as I have previously proposed changes to the full site. The company also advised that changes to their app would be given consideration to making it compatible with Apple’s Voice Over. However, no time frame was indicated.  


I would like to add that a former moderator was extremely helpful when he wrote a formations guide to help people with a visual impairment to understand how the formations are organised and has since been included in the osm Guide in the Help forum albeit the user is required to access Google docs. However, this now seems irrelevant as it’s no longer possible to select team line up, set formations and tactics and other tasks without sighted assistance.


OSM is a text based football management game with match simulations occurring daily at different times on various servers.


Any help would be much appreciated although I am considering retiring from the game shortly as I don’t want to rely on my teenage sons to perform daily tasks albeit taking approx. one minute. 





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