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Support for handicaped people
I would like to generate a new discussion. I know that I
might risk my (virtual) life but I admit reading MSDN News.
I found an interessting article named "But Can They Hear It?"
by George O. Allen. One of the things that the article said
was that programs must use visual sound cues for the hearing
impaired people. He also said that games should do that.
Now the problem that I see is that not many games give the
same output to deaf people as to the others. This also
made me think about creating games for blind and visually
Most of the games that I play today like 3D Shooters (3DS)
and Real Time Strategy (RTS) or turn based games like X-COM
that allow both parties to play in the same turn use sound
to transmit information to the player. This information
usually warns the player about the proximity of enemies.
The only game that gives good visual cues that I know is
BattleZone (Activision). It uses the radar map to show
if an unit is attacked. The others play sounds (monsters
for 3DS or battle sounds for RTS) that let you know something
is happening. Of course RTS have a map but in Red Alert and
Starcraft this is zoomed to a small area and if not it only
shows you the position of enemy buildings. In 3DS sounds
let you know you are close to an enemy or that someone is
shooting at you. This could be arranged. If the developers
put a feature that allows deaf people "see sounds", even if
it is not by default it could be much easier to play games.
For a RTS there can be a message line on bottom that says
"Tank under attack" and the map then shows the position of
the tank. For 3DS the sounds could be closed captioned and
they can be displayed on the part of the screen where the
the sound comes from. If there are many monsters, only one
message from each place should be displayed.
Are there games for blind people ? I don't know of any.
I think that Role Playing Games (RPG) are a good style
for them because the games can describe what happens and
they just make decisions. What about other type of games ?
Strategy, RTS, adventure ?
I think we should think about these people and offer support
in our games for them. They will have another entertainment
and will be more interessted in using computers, maybe that
will be a good thing.