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Fun for Everyone: Assistive Technology for Video Gaming. June 26, 2014 Mark Barlet , AbleGamers Foundation Laura Hall, MATP Staff. Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC). A disability justice movement working to transform communities. Home of Michigan’s Assistive Technology Program

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Fun for everyone assistive technology for video gaming

Fun for Everyone: Assistive Technology for Video Gaming

June 26, 2014

Mark Barlet, AbleGamers Foundation

Laura Hall, MATP Staff


Michigan disability rights coalition mdrc
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC)

  • A disability justice movement working to transform communities.

  • Home of Michigan’s Assistive Technology Program

  • MDRC’s Web Page: www.mymdrc.org

  • [email protected]


Gaming then and now
Gaming Then and Now

The shift of video gaming in our culture

“Outside Only” criticism

Changes in equipment and consoles

A massive expansion of the industry


Why include people with disabilities
Why Include People with Disabilities?

  • Social

    • Conflict resolution

    • Friendship

    • Communication with friends and others from around the world

  • Skill Development


Why include people with disabilities 2
Why Include People with Disabilities 2

Shared experiences and the disappearance of disability.

Physical activity


What we will cover
What We Will Cover

  • Elements of accessibility in the game and assistive technology for

    • Visual disabilities

    • Hearing disabilities

    • Cognitive disabilities

    • Mobility disabilities


Visual disabilities
Visual Disabilities

Changeable text colors and font sizes

Color blind options

High contrast target crosshairs

Enemy marking

Map recoloring/alternate views

Speed Setting

Text to Speech input


Examples of games with visual accessibility elements
Examples of Games with Visual Accessibility Elements

Almost all games from PopCap

Elder Scroll Online

WildStar

Call of Duty

World of Warcraft


Hearing disabilities
Hearing Disabilities

  • Best covered in the gaming industry

    • Why closed captioning is so common

    • Don’t forget the ambient noises

  • Changeable fonts and text colors to reduce strain

  • Alternative Reactionary Input

  • Totally blind gaming options


Examples of games with hearing accessibility elements
Examples of Games with Hearing Accessibility Elements

World of WarCraft

WildStar

WatchDogs

Many, Many more


Cognitive disabilities
Cognitive Disabilities

Tutorials and Sandbox mode

Difficulty Levels

Training Levels

Intuitive Menus

Enemy Marking

Speed Settings


Mobility disabilities
Mobility Disabilities

Alterative Configurations

Camera Controls

Re-mappable Keys

Third-Party Access for AT

Moveable/resizeable user interfaces


Mobility disabilities 2
Mobility Disabilities 2

Keyboard Movement

Game Assists

Input Devices

Speed Settings


Mobility disabilities 3
Mobility Disabilities 3

Macroability

Difficulty Levels and Fail

Safes

Save Points

Sensitivity Sliders

Click to Move/Mouse to Move


Examples of games with mobility accessibility elements
Examples of Games with Mobility Accessibility Elements

WildStar

Call of Duty

Star Wars The Old Republic

World of Warcraft


Assistive technology the hardware
Assistive Technology (The Hardware)

Adroit SwitchBlade

Axis1,2,and 3

Many custom solutions

3D printers are letting people design things that we have never even seen.


Ablegamers foundation
AbleGamers Foundation

  • Largest game accessibility advocates in the world

    • http://www.ablegamers.com

  • Our community

    • We have the largest database of accessible game reviews

    • The largest community of disabled gamers

    • http://community.ablegamers.com


How to contact matp
How to Contact MATP

Phone: (800) 760-4600

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.mymdrc.org

Twitter: www.twitter.com/MiAssistTech

Blog: http://www.miassisttech.org/mdrcat/


How to contact ablegamers
How to Contact AbleGamers

http://www.ablegamers.com


Questions and final thought
Questions and Final Thought

“I believe that there is nothing more powerful for people with disabilities than the freedom that only video games can provide. It is an art form that allows us to run, jump and be whatever we want to be.”

-Mark Barlet


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