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Deafness is the inability to understand speech or recognize environmental sounds, scaled from mild hearing loss to profound hearing loss. One in eight people in the United States have hearing problems (including being entirely deaf or hard of hearing) according to the NIDCD. This represents 13% of the total population or at least 30 million people aged 12 or older. Frustrating …

There are many games that can be played by people with a learning disability. These can basically be categorized as: 1) games not specifically designed to be accessible (mainstream video games) 2) games specifically designed to be accessible (one switch games and video games that are accessible by original design). Mainstream Video Games As described above, the majority of mainstream video …

Having a visual disability doesn’t always mean that someone is totally blind. There are several stages of blindness and lots of different complications. We explain a few definitions. Blindness The World Health Organization’s definition of blindness is: less than 3/60 in the better seeing eye. This means that the better seeing eye cannot read the top letter on the Snellen …

What is a serious game? And why should the accessibility of such a game be any more urgent for someone with any disability than the accessibility of any other computer game? The term ‘Serious game’ is a term generally used for a category games mainly found in computer games. But what is it that makes a game a serious game? …

During research on the accessibility of games I discovered that some guidelines are very easy to apply. I want to explain a few of them. I hope it will help you to get through some of the guidelines for accessible games. Color and other design Mind that there are a lot of gamers with a visual disability. These people struggle …

In previous articles I wrote, including “92% of people with impairments play games despite difficulties” and “Awareness of the term ‘serious game’ low among people with impairments”, I have discussed the eagerness and willpower of people with disabilities to play games despite their impairments and how serious games can contribute to the improvement of several health-related and social skills of …

Recently these virtual reality glasses have made the headlines worldwide. They are special glasses you wear on your head with a built-in LCD screen. The two lenses give the illusion of two screens. This creates a 3D effect that is intensified by the head tracker in the glasses detecting the movements of the head. When using the Oculus Rift in …

Ludology has been around for a long time. It is the study of games. Any games, not just computer games. This includes wrestling and mock fighting games that young animals play. It really gets to the meat and bones of games and “play” in general. So what has the study come up with? What revelations has it brought the human …