Via: Carole Thornett of Vranch House School:
"The water pistol I purchased from you back in February was brilliant at computer club this morning. I had switch adapted it [myself] so that everyone could use it, and we filled it up lots of time from a watering can. They now want a second one so that they can have some water fights!
It’s just brilliant – something that most of them could not otherwise do.
I attach a photograph of my adaptation. It is a little 3.5 mm jack socket just above the Hydro Blaster label...The adaptation I did was relatively straightforward".
I love hearing stories of people adapting battery powered equipment themselves to give greater access. It's not that difficult - why not give it a try yourself?
This could be seen as an EyeToy crossed with JoyToKey - a way to make many games, art, music and more accessible using all different kinds of controllers. Looks really promising!
Via: Sandra Uhling on the GASIG mailing list. Video Here.
I didn't think I'd ever be saying that again! But... from China to Australia to England (I'm doing my bit for global warming) - I have a new batch of DragonPlus RPG DuoCon 2 controllers in stock.
These are excellent one handed controllers, as suitable for left handed gamers as for right - and are not too large in size for most one handed gamers. At £35 each - these are the most affordable one handed controllers for the Playstation 2. With additional adapters, these will work on most other games consoles too. Get them whilst you can...
Via: Accessible Gaming Shop
Strange Attractors 2 by Ominous Development, is looking fantastic. It's the follow up to one of the finest one button games ever - Strange Attractors. This time around two switches are needed (emulating the left mouse click and the right mouse click) - and a powerful PC (mine isn't up to the job sadly).
Your controls enable activation of positive or negative gravitational forces in nearby floating objects in order to manipulate your orb about the screen. Take a look at the video clip above for an idea of what you need to do. It's looking very nice indeed, and has already been nominated for an award at PennyArcade.com's PAX-10.
The game has a one button menu system that kicks in after about 5 seconds. For one button gamers - team play may be the solution (one player has positive gravity control, the second negative). I'm also wondering straight away if a 4Noah profile could be used to make this game one-switch compatible. I'll keep you posted.
This is a fun game, and also I think the first time I've ever seen wheelchair users as both spectators and also the lead character in the game. Nice. Instructions, video and more at the CRC Project.
This and other one-switch racing games can be found at the One Switch Library. And the work in progress 4Noah DUI is well worth a look too.
Labels: one-switch games
Designed to be used alongside a head-tracker or other mouse like controller, the breath controlled switch allows the user to replicate the left mouse button using short and long breaths.
What I will say after having used sip/puff controllers to play games, is that I love the idea of something that doesn't give you kids-party-balloon-blowing-marathon-cheeks. Video of the prototype in action here... and forum post here... Surely an AT company out there can see the benefits too!?
The games? "Minesweeper and Solitaire one player games, whilst 4-in-a-Row, Sea Battle, Chess and Othello are for two players. These can be played by two switch users, each with their own switch(es) and switch options."
What is great about these games is that they don't rush you. You can play completely at your own pace. However, they are games of logic, so do require a fair amount of understanding. This said, there are some very good difficulty level adjustments. All this does come at a price. £60 from QED Ltd. Perhaps a little steep... There again, there's nothing better out there of this type.
I'd love to see a "Switch Friendly Games 2" feature some more no-rush games, that are open to gamers that don't get on so well with pure logic games. Bowling, Peggle, Pool, Crazy Golf and more could work really well. How about it SS?
I've also uploaded the basic instructions for using this controller. Find all these links at the shop page. A much easier guide is planned for a much more basic switch interface. Watch this space.
Other bits I really liked: Aqua Glow Bath Light, Glow in the Dark Light Pulls, Spa Lights and Glow in the Dark Paint. More glow company links in the Shops section of my links.
It's a very basic game, but actually quite competitive fun. The nearest equivalent is a version written for the Atari VCS - which can be played on the superb 'Stella' emulator.
These should adapt for switch use just as the older yellow version, by following the OneSwitch Do It Yourself guide.