[games_access] Auditory Mapping in Games

Layla Husain l.husain.05 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 13 08:56:47 EDT 2017


Great examples there! I've also come across examples (not in games though)
that might help inspire ideas:

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_for_the_blind (especially Projects
from Other Teams)

Here are 3 papers from a group in Lund University called CERTEC:

1. Usability evaluation of navigation maps for visually impaired users by

   - Hanna Stigmar
   -
   <http://portal.research.lu.se/portal/sv/persons/kirsten-rassmusgroehn(5adeef15-7a67-4ac7-bb1b-a1a670075383).html>Kirsten
   Rassmus-Gröhn published in 2010



2. Exploring User Requirements for Non-visual Mobile Navigation Systems

   - Charlotte Magnusson,
   -
   <http://portal.research.lu.se/portal/sv/persons/kirsten-rassmusgroehn(5adeef15-7a67-4ac7-bb1b-a1a670075383).html>Kirsten
   Rassmus-Gröhn,
   - Konrad Tollmar,
   - Hanna Stigmar
   -

in Human-Computer Interaction - Interact 2009, Pt I

3. Exploring Future Challenges for Haptic, Audio and Visual Interfaces for
Mobile Maps and Location Based Services in LOCWEB; Vol. 370, CHI 2009
by Charlotte
Magnusson

   - Stephen Brewster
   - Tapani Sarjakoski
   - Samuel Roselier
   - Tiina Sarjakoski
   - Konrad Tollmar


On Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 2:30 PM, Ian Hamilton <i_h at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Not for games specifically, but there's plenty from other industries.
>
> For charts and graphs it's usually either exposing the text of the
> underlying data or even just offering a simple text description of the
> conclusion that the chart draws, rather than trying to translate the
> visuals themselves.
>
> https <https://www.nomensa.com/blog/2011/creating-accessible-charts>://
> <https://www.nomensa.com/blog/2011/creating-accessible-charts>
> www.nomensa.com
> <https://www.nomensa.com/blog/2011/creating-accessible-charts>/blog/
> 2011/creating-accessible-charts
> <https://www.nomensa.com/blog/2011/creating-accessible-charts>
>
> http <http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx>://
> <http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx>
> ncam.wgbh.org
> <http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx>/
> <http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx>experienc
> e_learn <http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx>/
> <http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx>
> educational_media
> <http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx>/
> <http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx>stemdx
> <http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx> (see
> "guidelines" and the various examples)
>
> There have been various academic attempts to use audio or haptics to
> provide an equivalent of being able to quickly see patterns, e.g. a tone
> rising and lowering to match the peaks and troughs of a line graph, but
> personally I haven't heard of anything like those being implemented in the
> field.
>
> There's a bit of discussion on various techniques for making audio
> equivalents of maps - https
> <https://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Accessible_Maps>://www.w3.org/
> <https://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Accessible_Maps>WAI
> <https://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Accessible_Maps>/
> <https://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Accessible_Maps>RD
> <https://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Accessible_Maps>/wiki/
> <https://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Accessible_Maps>Accessible_Maps
> <https://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Accessible_Maps>
>
> But often that's overkill. With maps it's all about what the purpose of
> the map is, what information it is trying to communicate. For many purposes
> the information can be communicated just as effectively as a filtered
> ordered list, in the same way as alternating between map and list view on
> something like airbnb.com.
>
> A vaguely similar example in a game is EVE Online. Although not a map, the
> entire contents of the visually complex environment that you're in are also
> translated into an overview panel. The panel consists of simple tabular
> data sortable by distance/name/type, and filterable via tabs. You can play
> the game mostly just through interacting directly with the items in that
> table.
>
> The game isn't screenreader accessible (that's another issue entirely) but
> it's at least an example of what would appear initially to be complex
> spatial information being communicated in a simple speech-friendly format.
>
> Ian
>
> From: Brandon Keith Biggs
> Sent: Thursday, 12 October, 19:08
> Subject: [games_access] Auditory Mapping in Games
> To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List
>
>
> Hello,
> Does anyone have articles, papers, videos, or resources on representing
> maps or graphs in games auditorily? I’m researching audio mapping and don’t
> see anything in the archives of this list. I’m interested if there is any
> detailed information about making environments usable auditorily.
> I’ve been doing primary research by looking at Audio Games, but I’m
> wondering if anyone has written about audio mapping in games?
> Thank you,
>
> Brandon Keith <http://brandonkeithbiggs.com/>Biggs
> <http://brandonkeithbiggs.com/>
>
>
>
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