Game Accessibility

Study Finds Casual Games Popular Among Disabled Players

PopCap Games LogoAn Information Solutions Group survey conducted on behalf of PopCap Games revealed a strong trend in casual gaming among physically, mentally or developmentally disabled individuals. They found that over 20 per cent of casual gamers live with some kind of disability.

The opinion research firm interviewed 13,296 casual game players, including 2,738 disabled gamers, between April 2 and 17, 2008. Over three quarters of them identified their disability as "moderate" or "severe”. The survey showed that those living with disabilities played casual games more often, for more hours every week and for longer periods of time each time than non-disabled individuals. Read More...

Handicap International and Ubisoft Launch Disability Awareness Game

Handigo The Game LogoAs part of its new AbilityTogether campaign, charity organization Handicap International has teamed up with Ubisoft to create Handigo The Game. The software, designed primarily for 10-14 year-olds aims to make people more aware of what persons with disabilities face in every day life as well as the realities of disability.

The free, browser-based Handigo The Game is made up of three mini-games, each putting the player in the role of a person with a different disability. Physical, sensory and learning disabilities are represented by various impairments during gameplay.

Upon completion of each level, players encounter an awareness-raising message to help them distinguish different types of disabilities and to learn about some of the obstacles that disabled persons face in daily life. Read More...

Game Inclusive of Visually Impaired Players

AudiOdysseyAs video games continue to grow as an internationally inclusive pastime, a group of researchers has created a truly accessible game which goes beyond flashy graphics. Titled AudiOdyssey, the rhythm-based DJ game is meant for ordinary and visually impaired gamers alike.

With gameplay mechanics mainly focused on sound, users play as a DJ building a catchy tune to get people on the dance floor. Developed for the PC, the game also makes use of Nintendo’s Wii remote, through a Bluetooth wireless connection. However, this last bit is not mandatory as players can also control the game with their keyboard’s arrow keys. Players match the beats by swinging the remote and each time they get it right, a new layer of sound is added. Read More...

BenHeck and eDimensional Bring One-Handed Game Controller to Mass Market

The Access ControllerWow, what a great press release to wake up to. Benjamin Heckendorn (BenHeck) and eDimensional, Inc. have teamed up to offer the Access Controller, a mass-produced video game controller that only requires one hand to operate.

This modular controller features everything you'd find on a regular one, from analog sticks to shoulder buttons and a d-pad. Each module can be repositioned depending on gaming style or the user's specific needs and it even comes with a built-in wrist guard.

The Access Controller's concave bottom is designed to rest on a table or one's leg and is also said to be well-balanced for optimal responsiveness. It also uses 2.4 GHz wireless technology for added convenience. Read More...