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Games Accessibility From The Players Standpoint

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Games for Health 2008 - Mark Barlet, AbleGamers.com
Talk on how disabled gamers approach mainstream games for friendship, socialization and fun.

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Games Accessibility From The Players Standpoint

  1. 1. GAMES ACCESSIBILITY FROM THE PLAYERS STANDPOINT
  2. 2. WHO ARE YOU AND WHY SHOULD WE CARE? <ul><li>Games for Health ‘08 </li></ul>e. Coli
  3. 3. <INSERT SHAMELESS PLUG FOR ABLEGAMERS.COM HERE> <ul><li>Games for Health ‘08 </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is an AbleGamer? <ul><li>An AbleGamer is a guild mate, clan buddy, or forum friend that, due to a disability, must approach a game with a different toolset than the average player. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Every AbleGamer is different. <ul><li>Physical Disabilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spinal Cord Injury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Autoimmune Disorders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amputations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brain Injury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many more… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Total Blindness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partial Blindness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Color Blindness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hearing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Degrees of Deafness </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. So what am I going to talk about. Physical Disabilities Games on the PC MMORPG’s
  7. 7. TO SOME, A GAME IS A GAME, TO OTHER IT IS A WINDOW TO THE WORLD
  8. 8. Stephanie Walker (aka Camilya) <ul><li>Multiple Sclerosis </li></ul><ul><li>Plays EQ2 / Conan </li></ul><ul><li>Games let her connect with far away friends. </li></ul><ul><li>She can “not be disabled” for a while </li></ul><ul><li>No one has to know she has a medical issue unless she chooses to let you know. </li></ul><ul><li>She can run, anywhere she wants. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How does Stephanie Play
  10. 10. Tim Donaghy (aka Akrin) <ul><li>Quadriplegic from a boating accident. </li></ul><ul><li>Plays WOW </li></ul><ul><li>Likes to connect with people without being looked after. </li></ul><ul><li>Can do something without the need for help. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How does Tim Play
  12. 12. Trends <ul><li>Gone are the keyboard and mouse setups. </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware makers are seeing that gamers are the next big thing. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Trends CPU RAM Disk CPU CPU RAM Disk Disk The old way New Gaming Rigs
  14. 14. Some observations on AbleGamers
  15. 15. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME <ul><li>Mark Barlet </li></ul>
  16. 16. MARK BARLET [email_address] 202.258.1937 <ul><li>I forgot business cards, sorry </li></ul>

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