Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Tuesday, 17 July 2007 10:04 pm.
My review of Atari's 1977 one-switch game Canyon Bomber has just gone up at the Special Effect Gamebase. This adds to OneSwitch.org.uk reviews for Alice Amazed, Alien Abduction, Aurikon, Chirality, Pinball Soccer, Uo Poko.Okay - I'll get a bit more modern next time, I promise!
Labels: game reviews, one-switch games
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Thursday, 12 July 2007 11:34 pm.
Seems like another year of nothing special at this year's E3 show as regards accessible gaming. It's left me wondering, what ever happened to the talk of a new simplified controller for the Xbox 360?Image via: EtherbrianEdit: I take it back...
Labels: Campaigning, Xbox360
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk 5:29 pm.
Can't say how grateful I am to 9572AD for his original help with hosting these games, and also to the games new home with Retro Remakes. THANK YOU!
Labels: one-switch games, Problems
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Wednesday, 11 July 2007 8:32 pm.
Came home today to discover a baby Swift in a box in my back garden. To cut a short story shorter, my partner, myself, our daughter and her friend from next door took it to the South Essex Wildlife Hospital in Orsett to have it checked out. All seemed well, and the lady running SEWH took the bird in to feed it for a day or so then release it into the wild.
It was about the 30th bird they'd taken in that day, so no big deal to her - but I think what they are doing is pretty special. Good on them. Drove back past a stream of about 100 taxis covered in Balloons. Good on them too.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Tuesday, 10 July 2007 9:50 pm.
I've been a little lax in posting this, but I'd thought I'd pick a quiet time for this wise, considered piece. Ernest Adams, a respected game designer and advocate, has had an article published at Gamasutra relating to games being just too hard in places for many gamers and why.
He also talks a little of his game design for a Blimp game called Dreadnoughts of the Skies. Imagine Canyon Bomber in 3D with a highly accessible input system including an option for voice control and a way to battle one another. I'm not doing it justice here, so head over to Gamasutra for more. It's great to have a prominent supporter.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Monday, 9 July 2007 12:12 am.
The more than marvellous Uo Poko has been added to the reviews GameBase at Special Effect. One of my favourite one-switch games, especially in two player team mode.
Labels: Arcade, game reviews, one-switch games
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Friday, 6 July 2007 11:46 pm.
If you were a one switch gamer back in 1978 you wouldn't have many games to play at home, but there was at least one: Atari's Canyon Bomber for the Atari VCS. This simple game saw you trying to clear a Canyon of coloured bricks with your bombs. Press FIRE to drop a bomb. If you miss your target, you loose a life. Life was simpler in those days and so was I, but I still think this stands up as a fun casual game for two players... This reminds me, I must get to work on my Emulation guides soon.
Labels: history, one-switch games
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk 8:47 pm.
(Finally!) I have completed all sections of the Accessible Gaming Shop at OneSwitch.org.uk. The latest addition is the Various section with some great equipment from around the world. There's still more to add of course, but this feels like a solid start.
Labels: controllers, Game Accessibility Shop
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Thursday, 5 July 2007 9:27 pm.
Big pat on the back to Electronic Arts (and Nintendo) for including a "Family Play" option in their new Wii Madden game. This simplified mode reduces play to a single handed controller and provides assist modes to make play easier.Have they been listening to us? Today, who cares! It's just great to see big companies getting it (slowly).Via: Eelke Folmer at the IGDA GASIG Mailing List.
Labels: Campaigning, new games
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Tuesday, 3 July 2007 10:13 pm.
On the Point and Click lick, I didn't quite realise how many potential head tracker games there were out there. I think the broadband explosion has helped, as many of these games are available on-line and free. Here's some more:
Sprout (by Jeff Nusz) - Slow paced, beautifully drawn puzzle game. Wii-Cade: Games playable on the Nintendo Wii's browser - point and click style.
Labels: head trackers, new games
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Sunday, 1 July 2007 11:54 pm.
Retro Remakes are running a month long competition for July 2007, encouraging programmers to submit the best Point and Click game they can. This could be great news for head tracker and eye tracker users out there looking for more games.
If you don't know what a Point and Click game is, you could do worse than try "Under One's Wings" on-line and some of the free to download Adventure Game Studio titles.
Labels: competitions, head trackers, new games
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk 2:00 pm.
New review just up at the Special Effect Gamebase for Alien Abduction. This was one of the one-switch games used at last week's "Techno Talk 2007" in Kent which was a huge amount of fun.
So what else was in the one switch accessible arcade? Take a deep breath.... Vertical Pinball; a Fortune Telling machine; Japanese coin-op arcade games: Star Trigon and Mushi-metama; Everybody's Golf 4 (PS2); Destrution Derby and Kickboxing Knockout (PSone); One-button Mini Golf, Alice Amazed, Aurikon, The Fart Game, Froggy Ribbit and Chirality (PC); Water pistols; Radio Controlled Robots.
Else where was much on communicators and infrared controlled Robo-sapiens. It was a noisy but fantastic day, which I'd love to attend again if invited...
Labels: events, game reviews, new games, one-switch games