Pokémon Go, you’ve heard of the game and possibly played it by yourself. Possibly, because if you have a limitation it immediately gets harder to join in on the fun.
The core gameplay of this game is to go out and about to catch Pokémons. These little fictional characters can be catched using augmented reality or a map on your phone. Catch as much as you can (Gotta catch ’em all!), train them and then fight to take over certain locations also called a ‘gym’.
It involves a lot of moving, going out, walking for miles to hatch an egg, go to the gym to fight and look for new Pokémon. They can be found anywhere but are limited per species to a certain area type.
However, the difficulty is that the game isn’t accessible. Sometimes the Pokémon are out of reach. You need to throw a Pokéball to catch them, which can be difficult if someone’s suffering from physical challenges. If the Pokémon is in a field somewhere, you can’t reach them when the road isn’t paved for a wheelchair.
Not to mention blind or visually impaired gamers, since there is no function like a change of contrast, colorblind mode etc.
It’s unfortunate that a game like this which is so popular forgets to include a very large group of gamers. For each and everyone of us who wants to play the game it’s a trip down memory lane to the years of our childhood. If you like to read more about it, we suggest the following articles:
“Pokémon Go can be depressing for fans with physical disabilities” – Kotaku.com
“How Pokémon Go is creating a barrier for gamers with disabilities” – Dailydot.com
If you have no trouble playing the game or if you’ve found a way to get around the problem you’ve previously encountered, let us know in the comments.