Bill Donegan of Special Effect has done just that with the Roadshow Challenge prototype table. I've been tinkering with a couple of other tables to make one-switch accessible. All are available to download with more to come.
ATE Arcade pages: Future Pinball Emulator and Accessible Games.
Just like Chess and many card games, some old video games will always retain their appeal. I especially still like Canyon Bomber and Bowling. I can imagine a pair of competitive one-switch gamers still getting fun from the likes of Outlaw too.
Next? The Megadrive/Genesis made more accessible - then Future Pinball with a tie up with Special Effect. There's a long road ahead...
Labels: ATE Arcade
AbilityNet have been the first to adopt Point, which you can browse to your heart's content at www.abilitynet.org.uk/easy/.
1. QED Ltd - presently are selling switch adapted digital cameras (UK).
2. RJ Cooper - have an adapted digital camera and Flip video camera (USA).
3. Tecsol - sell an adapted Pentax camera (AUS).
Labels: switch digital cameras
There's been a recent boost in one-switch playable sports games coming to light recently which can only be a good thing. Virtual Voices Village have kindly allowed me to host the file for "Switch Soccer" so that people can play this full-screen and off-line (within a browser).
The video above is of a great little project by William Pilgrim inspired by Switch Soccer - this time called Switch Football. Hopefully William will find time to add some tweaks to this to give it some easier play options as it's a bit tough at the minute for many switch users. Any suggestions then please send them our way.
You can learn about the latest developments in game rehabilitation by visiting the Games for Health web-site. Their yearly conference is due soon in the USA for June the 11th and 12th with a Games Accessibility Day set for the 10th.
The only issue I have is that as a two-player game where players have to share the same input (SPACE or LEFT MOUSE CLICK) there is a lot of potential for unwanted presses spoiling play. These could come from moving a switch from one position to another and it being accidentally activated. Worse still, cheating would be quite easy ("whoops, sorry I didn't mean to take your go , snigger").
One potential solution would be to offer two different input methods (e.g. player one uses the space bar/left-mouse click and player two use the RETURN key/right-mouse click). A second solution would be to feature a virtual padlock for the switch. Once you'd played, you'd have to press another key (e.g. BACKSPACE) before the switch could be used again.
In 1994 the BBC created a television drama that featured a broad cast of disabled actors, something that's still a rarity today. It's not a patch on the book and misses huge chunks out, however, it's available for you to make your own mind up on at the Skallagrigg09 YouTube Channel for the moment.
Pinched from the ever splendid TLWMSN Blog. Thanks Kate. I found Show 2's "Laughing Club" held a particularly fascinating statistic. That children laugh on average 400 times a day and adults just 15 times.
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Sweet flute sounds courtesy of the Skoog above. From the development pot should come the facility to perform similar music using a single surface alone. This will allow musicians to step through a preset arrangement of notes holding notes for as long as they like and adding expression. Nice!
First impressions deceive with this controller. In their video you see that it's quite possible to play in a comfortable looking way thanks to a hand strap. With a claimed 11 different control configurations, motion control compatibility and a price of 95 Euros (use www.xe.com for a currency conversion) this is looking like a really good option.
I'm off to add this to the Accessible Gaming Shop's one-handed controllers section right now.
"I AM 12 YEARS OLD. AND HAVE CEREBRAL PALSY. BECAUSE OF MY HANDICAP. I HAVE NO VOICE AND ONLY LIMITED USE OF MY HANDS. WHICH MADE IT PAINFUL TO WRITE. UNTIL I BEGAN USING THE CANON COMMUNICATOR. NOW I CAN ASK QUESTIONS. TALK TO MY FAMILY. DO MY SCHOOLWORK. ALL ON CLEAR EASY TO READ TAPE YOU SEE HERE. WHAT I HAVE TO SAY MAY NOT ALWAYS BE IMPORTANT. BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS NOW I CAN SAY IT."
Switch access for top-notch digital cameras? It seems that the Canon EOS camera range can be controlled via a remote wired switch. It uses an attachment very similar to those used by accessibility switches, with my guess being that it's a 2.5mm stereo plug connector.
In theory it should be possible to knock up a simple adaptation for accessibility switch compatibility. I've contacted Canon who I hope will get back to me shortly.
Meanwhile you can find more on switch accessible cameras here.
Labels: switch digital cameras
Thanks to a brand new William Pilgrim 4Noah utility and with Robert Fearon's in-game accessibility options this wonderfully noisy game can be played with a single switch. In normal play you'll need very fast reactions and ideally the ability to double and treble click. In practice mode however, just enjoy the mad light show, effects and general carnage you can create clicking at your leisure. Absolutely superb fun!
For one-switch Arena Shooter fans I can highly recommend Sentinella too. Also keep an eye out for SY!NSO! 2 which is due out on May the 16th. Please do donate if you enjoy the game. It keeps this kind of stuff coming.
Good points: Clearly written news with well chosen photos, an interface system with distinct icons, speech and a choice of access methods including a one-switch access mode.
It's just gone live, and the BBC would very much appreciate any feedback including suggestions for improvements. I'd like to see a two-switch mode and a way to slow the speech down. Then I'd love to see an accessible newsreader for adults too. I love progress! This reminds me that I must update my news ideas page ASAP.
Via: Ian Hamilton (Senior Designer, FM&T Vision UX&D, BBC Future Media & Technology)
The most important thing was to track down some controllers that were PSone Dual-Shock compatible with digital buttons. If you wire an accessibility switch straight into the contacts of more typical analogue buttons the added resistance causes 'weak-press' problems. For instance, pressing your switch on the likes of GTA when driving a car will have you in driving-miss-daisy mode all day. Slow and not ideal for a getaway!
After a bit of trial and error I've found a good batch which are now available to buy ready adapted or unadapted ready for you to follow the D.I.Y. guide.
Added to the one-switch sports section. See also one-switch Penalty!
Via: Virtual Voices Village
Custom Spoke Guards (aka Hub Caps - UK).
Custom Spoke Guards (aka Hub Caps - USA).
Illuminated Front Castors
Neon Valve Caps (eBay)
Rainbow Racer (Light Show on your wheels).
El Wire (Luminescent piping).
eBay then search on "Vinyl Sticker" or "Biker Stickers" or "Car Sticker".