Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Tuesday, 4 March 2014 6:30 am.
Love this old clip. Reflects that speech recognition is far from great for many people. I've felt pretty silly putting on American accents to get GlovePie, Xbox One and Dreamcast Seaman to work. Siri and Google speech recognition are far from perfect too. Hope we get there before too long...
Via the excellent: Burnistoun
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Monday, 3 March 2014 11:31 pm.
One Switch Games Blogged in 2013
Global Game Jam 2013 - Including the wonderful, if buggy, "A Wise Choice" plus Escape Velocity, Cardiac Arrest, Egg Beat Old Delete Me, Luck Broken Heart and Beating My Heart.
Chicken Zen Kane - great strategy psycho robots game from Tam Toucan.
Baseball Star Wars - on-line Baseball game from SpecialBites aimed at players who don't have fast reactions.
Catch a Penny - fun money earning target reward game also from SpecialBites.
RRode - One-switch game of great skill and patience.
Silent Skies - Vectorised bombing run game that finally became available to download.
Tug The Table - One or two-player tug of war madness.
The World is in Your Hands - Hover wheelchair do good simulator plus rudely entitled OMGAF Dragon!
One Button Cardboard Arcade - Yep.
Nod - Rose Abernathy's dating simulator where all you need do is nod at the right time.
Moon Waltz - Were-wolf simulator. Nuts. Fun. Needs "R" to restart.
Cursor Click - One of the oldest ever one-switch games brought on-line.
Hug Punx - Hugging Simulator (requires 4Noah utility).
Journey and Pinball Arcade - PS3 versions made playable with one-switch.
Switch Gaming on iOS - At last! - Apple listened! Via the excellent Colin McDonnell.
One-Switch Dragon's Lair - It was there, and then it wasn't. A bit bizarre.
Mole Hammers - On-line one or two-player single mole abuse game.
One-switch Driving games - Adaptation that should work for most PS3, Xbox 360 and PC driving games.
Favourite Other Posts of 2013
Oak Air Switch (Kinect based); My Son's Not Rainman; Two-button Fighting Games; The Sensory Story Project; DIY Game Accessibility; Polibius on the Simpsons; Finger Tip Controllers (1982); 10 Years of OneSwitch; MakeyMakey on PS3 and Xbox 360; PS3 Head Tracker; A-Z Randomiser; One-Handed Controller ULTRA; Luke-Lundin and SpecialEffect; Switch Action Camera; Apple OS X gets switch improvements; HAPP sip/puff system; DIY switch pitching machine; Neil Young switch accessible model train; Xbox One accessibility; YouVIEW access boost for one-switch users; How Video Games Changed the World.
Another popular game that we had running at GEEK 2014 in Margate was the one-switch match three game, Dr. Bulbaceous. Here's the blurb...
"Dr.B is a single button arcade puzzle game, best described as an upside down Puzzle Bobble, featuring 100 levels and an epic final boss battle".
It's one-switch playable (in the early levels - could be made two-switch accessible with JoyToKey), very polished and doesn't rush you. Hugely accessible in the early levels and it works great as a cause and effect activity too.
£1.99 is the price which I happily paid for an Android version (PC version is probably the best for switch access) from Bulbaceous.com. Highly recommended. There's not been many PC one-switch games of this quality in a long time. Let's hope there are more soon with full access. And here's some Shaggy...
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Tuesday, 25 February 2014 8:15 am.
For GEEK 2014 I set up FlappyBird on a PC running the Android emulator BlueStacks with a single-switch set to left-click hovering over the Play button using a switch adapted Joypad and free software JoyToKey.
Flappy Birds by .DOT GEARS STUDIOS mashed up mid 80's Nintendo style, The Helicopter Game (SeeThru.co.uk), Williams' Joust and got the addictive balance (maybe too) right. It's seen massive popularity, cloning and has since been pulled from the iOS and Android Play stores by the owner (see happier days - bleaker days).
With a fairly meaty computer, and following BlueStacks help here, many of the Android apps on the Google Play store run well and are easy to install. Arty stuff like The Art of Glow work really nicely. From a one-switch perspective there are a slew of tap-to-play games, although most have messy interfaces. Some interesting ones include One Button Sports (great Tennis and Jet-Ski games), Vector Pinball (cool minimalist pinball), Past Memories (dark arty running game), Tower Bloxx, Jet Pack Joyride (with Barry Steakfries which reminds me a bit of Barry Shitpeas from Screenwipe) and loads more.
For anyone determined to get Flappy Birds working, and willing to run the risk of a virus, I found a version here. I used an APK installer from the Play store and sent the file to my Android devie using Gmail. At your own risk!
Show cased at GEEK 2014 and fighting for light most of the time was EyeToy Play 2: Pool for the Playstation 2. This old game is a hidden accessible gem. Find it via Games - Playroom - Motion-Cam - Pool. Unless light fades or you put your hand over the lens the game stays in a free-playing game of hexagonal pool.
You can move the camera nearer to you to make the game a bit easier if you have limited movement or just want to use a specific part of your body. There's an inherent game built in whereby the number of shots you take to clear the table is recorded along with the time, but you can just as well make it multi-player game of Killer or anything you like thanks to its free form nature. I love it.
Many years ago (around 1998) I used a switch adapted Atari STe with Archer Maclean's Pool to support people to play real vs. virtual games, sitting next to a real pool table. The one-switch gamer would be assisted to line up a shot (I'd continually adjust the angle through left to right around an obvious shot) waiting for them to hit their switch. After the shot was played, we'd move the balls on the real pool table to match. The opponent would take their shot on the real table with a real cue, and we'd then use the trick-shot editor to match the balls on the Atari. Always thought how cool it would be to have a Silent Running type automated system. So brilliant to see that pretty much realised in the CanAssist video of switch accessible Billiards above.
Here's a sneak peek at the set-up Shaz Hossain, Cassie Sobey-Smith and myself will be show-casing for SpecialEffect at this year's Geek 2014 in Margate. Will likely vary some of it on the day but the plan at the second is...
1. Two-switch Wii Mario Kart. One switch latches the accelerator on, and the other steers left/right alternatively and launches any weapons at the same time. Will have many other games available on this set-up (inc. Drivey and Driver, Pinball, Everybody's Golf, Um Jammer Lammy, Tomena Sanner and Daytona USA).
2. Motion Pool. Eye Toy: Play 2 has a brilliant hexagonal game of Pool that you can play be moving about. The camera will be mounted on a MERU Flexi mount so it can be positioned in a variety of places.
3. Flappy Birds: The original on a big-screen, which is no longer available to download from the iOS and Android Play stores.
4. DJ mixing of video game songs showcasing that there's more to SpecialEffect than video games alone. Really looking forward to this bit especially.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Wednesday, 5 February 2014 9:07 am.
As you may or may not know, accessible gaming pioneer Ken Yankelevitz is no longer building accessible controllers. I had this brief note from him in December which he said he was happy for me to share...
"I am 72 years old and have Parkinson Disease.
I am having difficulty holding the soldering iron steady enough to assemble the controllers.
If I can find someone who can help me with the soldering maybe I'll try to continue making controllers."
If anyone in the USA is in a position to do so, please do consider getting in touch. Ken is a legend as I've mentioned before on this blog and it would be great to support him considering all he's done in his life to support others.
Meanwhile, it's fantastic to see that Ken's work will carry on whilst he's currently unable to in the form of the QuadStick Kickstarter campaign. Although a little daunting to read through the user-manual, this looks like a hugely powerful device for gamers wishing/needing to use their mouth and neck movements to play.
Read more at the QuadStick home page, Quadstick Kickstarter campign and EuroGamer. Many thanks to Techni Myoko for the tip.
Another laptop just about bites the dust. Apologies for slow service at OneSwitch. Things should resume back to normal very soon after a rebuild of a new one. Meanwhile, enjoy some Stupid Deaths thanks to Horrible Histories at CBBC.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Monday, 6 January 2014 5:24 pm.
I've been thinking about affordable head/chin/mouth controls for a while now to work on Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS3 using a Cronus or Xim device, as some are extremely expensive.
Beyond the nonsense above (actually that might work for some), I was thinking about a chin mounted standard joypad (or JoyTech Mini joypad) with RCade Freek extensions which SE have used in the past. I'm really interested in the Origin Breeze sip/puff device set to joystick mode too. Leaves me very hopeful that the brains behind CronusMax can make it work with the likes of Camera Mouse and other head-trackers without too much hassle.
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