I'm helping initially to gather four different accessible gaming set-ups based around a Laptop (XP), Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and a Playstation 2. The next step is to find and train a small group of passionate volunteers to take this equipment out to clubs, schools, hospitals and so on.
The plan is for the project to run until around June/July this year, but I hope this will be just the start and that this work will spread to other parts of the country too, and beyond. Read more on the Special Effect Facebook page.
We've had some great gaming gear pledged so far from generous companies and organisations. More later as this stuff starts to turn up. Oh, and if anyone wishes to donate games or anything that might help - please visit the Special Effect web-site or contact me directly through OneSwitch.org.uk.
The first Playstation 3 game that I'm really looking forward to, with hopes that it may be quite accessible, is Everybody's Golf 5. Due for release in the US in March and hopefully Europe too. I'd be really interested to hear anybody's experience of the game relating to how it plays on the easiest settings. Especially: can it be played with a single button?
On the topic of accessible golf, you may find these interesting: Real Abilities Charity Golf Tournament, where disabled golfers played against able-bodied golfers in a virtual golf vs. real golf game. Secondly, the "Top 3 Accessibility Features for Golf Games" gives advice to developers in adding some basic features that can make golf games much easier for many disabled gamers.
You can use the other accessibility switch to check all your numbers once a player calls Bingo if there's any doubt.
So basically, even if you don't know your numbers - you can still get involved playing with friends and family. "End of the line....90!".
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Capcom have kindly made their latest Nintendo DS game, Ace Attorney - Apollo Justice available to play on-line in the form of a mini-demo. And for the first time - head-tracker, eye-tracker and even one-switch gamers (with help) can play a DS game (albeit just a little slice of one). Nice!
Via Google: English version. Japanese version.
Click on the image above for an English translation - although I think you might get the gist from the pictures and final word alone! Wii problems...
Spanish blog entry on Accessible Gaming (translated below):
"If you like a game but think it will be difficult or impossible to play due to paralysis in your arms or hands, tremors, loss of dexterity, amputation, smaller hands, abnormalities of birth or rheumatism, you will be interested this article. You can still play if you know how to find an appropriate controller.
So begins one of the articles that I have sent Samuel Franco Dominguez, a resident "MIR" doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He conducts his work at the Hospital Nacional de Paraplejicos de Toledo (Spain), who are interested in new technologies applied to the rehabilitation and accessibility to information technology and communication.
The article in question is about the accessibility of video games for people with physical disabilities. Listing the positive and negative effects of video games, analysis of physical barriers and presenting their solutions. This work has been published in a summary of the latest newsletter CEAPAT, but the author gives us full to share it with all of you.
Descargar artículo Videojuegos accesibles, de Samuel Franco (PDF, 4,53 MB). "
Super Breakout, Defender, Missile Command, Pac-Man, Asteroids, Berzerk, Warlords and Yars Revenge.
via: BBC's Ouch!
They sent me the smallest switch interface I've ever used (the Swifty) which can be made to work with any PC switch game using JoyToKey. Using a "Beam" wireless device, this can reportedly be used to hook up three accessibility switches for extra control, although I didn't have this to try. Nice though.
The sip/puff set-up is excellent, which I used hooked up to a number of games consoles (e.g. sip to steer left and puff to steer right). Takes practice to use these, and at one stage I was getting slightly strained "I've blown up 30 balloons" cheeks.
Finally - I successfully used their super simple to use HeadMouse Extreme. Worked great with any Mouse compatible game I threw at it. Excellent. Thanks for the fun gadgets, Origin! All added to the Accessible Gaming Shop.
If you have a copy of HalfLife 2 DeathMatch try it out [it allows you to play using just the SPACE BAR]. All feed back is welcome. The bot occasionally gets stuck but you can kill yourselfby pressing the 'K' key.We are working on a version that allows you to play the full halflife 2 game.
Eelke Folmer - Game interaction design www.helpyouplay.com"
Via: IGDA GASIG Mailing List
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