Out of the 154 games entered I've managed to track down less than half. Wonder if we'll ever see them all. I've played about 50 of these and have made mention of my initial thoughts. No surprises: Some are great, some are not.
For your convenience I've listed the ones I think are best at the top. And my personal favourites so far (from the ones publicly available) are: Dracula Cha-Cha, Half-PI'D Mini-Golf; High High Rockets; Pax Britannica and Wheelchair Curling. Expect to see some reviews here and over at the GameBase switch area soon.
I'm doing it to fill in for a runner who dropped out for the wonderful charity SpecialEffect. They are doing fantastic things, including:
The Star Gaze project aiming to bring eye-gaze technology to people who may just be coming out of a coma in hospital so that they can very quickly communicate with their families.
The Game for Helen project that is bringing a highly inclusive games room to the children and young adult's hospices Helen and Douglas House with the hope that this work will spread far and wide.
So in short, please sponsor me! And please don't be put off from the big donors I've had already. Honestly, I would be very grateful for one pound or dollar or euro. It all helps raise cash for this fantastic charity and cause, and will give my beetroot headed running a big boost too.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Tuesday, 16 February 2010 8:23 pm.
7-128.com have just announced their top 25 lists for Game Accessibility web-sites of the past year. They have three lists containing the cream of their crop for: Blind, Motion-Impaired and Deaf gamers.
Chuffed to bits that OneSwitch has received one of those top spots. Of course the accolade is massively down to the support of others. So big-fat-hearty thank yous to Retro Remakes (especially Oddbob, 9752AD and all the programmers who've written more accessible games in their competitions). Thank you to the IGDA GASIG and the many members there who have freely shared their knowledge and passion which has taught me much. Thank you to William Pilgrim for his amazing 4Noah utilities. Thank you to Graeme Singh and all other programmers making efforts above and beyond the mainstream to make games much more accessible to non-main-stream gamers.
Please do check out the other web-sites on the 7-128.com lists as there are many fantastic sites there. Also take a look at their special offer to pick up one of their highly accessible games: Inspector Cyndi in Newport - The Case of the Forgetful Sailor.
This looks like a potential solution for a lot of players struggling with the small controls of a traditional joypad. Expect to see a SpecialEffect GameBase review soon.
Added to the Accessible Gaming Shop Large Controllers section.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Thursday, 11 February 2010 7:41 pm.
Kokoromi are seeking sponsors to see this project through to completion cash-money wise. Although they aren't quite waving the accessibility in games flag, I think this is still a great endeavour deserving of support. Lashing them a few quid (aka $5) could really give them a boost.
They are also seeking hard-ware hackers to make interesting one-button things and stuff. I'll be watching this with one curious eye. The 10th of March 2010 should see much more revealed.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Monday, 8 February 2010 7:37 am.
Update: The competition is over, the names have been drawn by switch control, and 20 (actually 20 plus) lucky winners should now have their Nanogames! Huge-massive thanks to Dennis Asher. Good man!
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Sunday, 7 February 2010 10:20 pm.
Added to the OneSwitch AGS adapters page.