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Author: beauturkey

Any disabled players here?

Posted by beauturkey Monday September 7 2009 at 11:22AM
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 I will be traveling to a few different places to cover gaming for Ablegamers.com, and would love to hear from other disabled players from this site! 

 Understand that there are many types of issues that players have, from playing with only one hand or suffering from color blindness. These issues can usually be helped or access can be granted easier with a few basic add-ons to many games. For example, games could have a simple toggle for color-blind players that switches certain colors to allow for them to see them.

 Many games have targeting circles and valuable information that comes in colors that a color-blind person cannot see. Ablegamers looks to change that, by talking to developers about these issues.

 I would love to hear from any players on this site that might know of issues that stops them from playing, and I would love to hear any suggestions that might need to be looked at. There are literaly millions of disabled players, and it would be nice to see them be able to play the games they love. And it's a win-win for the developers, also, being that millions of customers means millions of dollars.

 Contact me here or leave me your ideas or concerns! 

 

 Beau

Malakhon writes:

Great Idea.

You would think by now there would be some tool that let you simply REPLACE a color through an RGB interface on your screen. "Always display this hue of Red, as this hue of green" (As an example) and then it just scales in brightness and shade as if it was in the same part of the color wheel ofr that color.

So that all things on your screen red = a color you can distinguish.

Not having this challenge, its hard for me to conceive of it, but I definitely think you have a noble cause.

Good luck!

 

 

Mon Sep 07 2009 12:07PM Report
Death1942 writes:

as someone who is colourblind i fully support this :).   The worst situations i have been in were CoH and CO with their super large range of colours in their character creator...basically screwed me over big time and i ended up having to use basic colours so i did not accidentally use bright pink instead of light red.

Mon Sep 07 2009 4:41PM Report
beauturkey writes:

 Recently, some of the writers from ablegamers were at Blizzcon and talked to of the dev's about color blind issues. Turns out some of the mini-map options were not so optional.

 Blizzard seems pretty open to the whole thing, and I am hoping that down at GDC I will be spreading the word a bit, or just getting some future interviews.

 The main idea here is not to force developers into putting these fixes into their games, it's getting them to think of the (literally) millions of people that could be playing (and paying ) their games.

 Thanks for the comments! 

 

 Beau

 

 

 

Mon Sep 07 2009 5:10PM Report
iPope writes:

 I actually played Combat Arms with a guy who lost his hand in the Gulf War. he had a pretty strange way of manuvering his mouse and he was almost better than i was. i was amazed by it.

Tue Sep 08 2009 11:02AM Report

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