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What is it that makes Serious Game such a powerful medium? What is it in the experience of playing a game that helps people learn what they might have otherwise forgotten, that motivates them through painful exercises and convinces them of views they might otherwise have discounted? There are many reasons for this and we will be going over some …

Digital accessibility is gaining ground in our everyday society. Without a laptop or a desktop computer you are excluded from life in the digital world. Not to mention the dependency of businesses and governmental services for example, virtually anything can be found online. The development of the digital world has paved the way for serious games, where a serious purpose is leading …

The Oculus Rift is a marvelous new way to make games more accessible for people with certain disabilities. As you might have read in our other article ‘Gaming with the Oculus Rift for people with disabilities’ few problems still exist that can be solved easily through simple adjustments. Testing the Oculus Rift We have invited people with different disabilities to test …

About 32.9% of the U.S. population suffers from at least one severe physical disability, according to the CDC. Physical disabilities include (but are not limited to): paralysis, neurological disorders, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and age related issues. Paralysis Paralysis is the loss of the ability to move a body part. It can be the result of an accident, a birth …

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 …