What is Accessible Gaming?

What is accessible gaming?

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This may sound like a stupid question but it isn’t as simple as it sounds. There are different types of accessible gaming depending on who wants to enjoy the game in question and here we’re going to look in a little more depth at the types of accessible gaming.

Accessible gaming in general, is any game or console which adapted to make it accessible to somebody with a disability which makes it difficult for them to access traditional gaming methods. The types of accessible gaming can be split into four main groups, although there are many smaller groups within each. The four main groups are:

Gaming with physical disabilities

Gaming with hearing disabilities

Gaming with visual disabilities

Gaming with learning disabilities

Of course these groups are not exhaustive and many people will find they overlap across the groups but in basic terms, this is how accessible gaming can be split up. Access to gaming for each of these groups is also different and The Game Accessibility website provides some great info regarding each of these different groups and how to make gaming accessible for each. Here’s a summary of some of their points:

Gaming with physical disabilities

Accessible gaming for those with physical disabilities often requires adapting the controls of a game. Many different types of adaptation have been developed most notably one touch switches and eye-control technology. Both these features can significantly enhance the gaming experience for those with physical disabilities. Similarly, accessible gaming in this instance needs to have additional functions to aid ease of use.  Features such as the ability to play in slow motion are extremely important for making gaming both fun and challenging.

Gaming with hearing disabilities

Accessible gaming for those with auditory disabilities requires the use of text and summarising what would usually be audio game play information without making the game boring with too much to read. Popular games for those with hearing disabilities include Doom 3, Half-Life 2 and Zork: Grand Inquisitor as all these games utilise “closed-captioning” which allows for text to be shown when required. This video shows a gamer playing Half-Life 2 with closed captions turned on.

Gaming with visual disabilities

With a huge range of different visual disabilities out there, the range of accessible gaming is tailored to those with different levels of vision.  The majority of gamers with visual disabilities will play a range of both games specifically designed to be accessible and traditional games that are text-based or audio-based. Text based games include games such as Battleship. Traditional games which provide a great deal of auditory feedback such as action games like Tekken and Mortal Kombat can be enjoyed by those with visual disabilities. There are a huge range of accessible games out there with those with visual disabilities in mind, so called audio games, which can be found all across the web.

Gaming with learning disabilities

Accessible gaming for people who have learning disabilities is a huge and wide ranging area of gaming technology. With the multitude of learning disabilities out there, the multitude of games is similar. Switch games can be effective for those with significant learning disabilities as the games in question are programmed to respond to single input and this can also be said of eye tracking technology. There are a range of specific social stories based games for those with autistic spectrum disorders and the list really does go on and on. If you know where to look, there is a vast array of accessible gaming out there and that’s where we come in.

At Trabasack we are committed to design for all concepts and believe this applies to gaming too. Everyone should be able to enjoy video gaming at their leisure and the technology is out there to make it possible.

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