Boston Accessibility Roundtable 11/12 Meeting

Discussion topic: AbleGamers and The Inevitability of Inclusive Gaming

Presenter: Johnny Richardson

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The Boston A11y Roundtable is a free event to educate people on web accessibility (making online communications including websites accessible for people with disabilities). The audience is anyone who is interested in accessible technology.

AbleGamers promotes the many benefits of developing highly accessible gaming software, whereby disabled gamers have brand new outlets for everything from esteem-building escapism to social experiences. Gaming as an entertainment medium and culturally vital art form has seen a vast increase in the diversity of players in recent years, however many gamers with special needs can have a difficult time enjoying it. In this talk, I will discuss how we reach out to developers about making their games more accessible. I’ll also detail some of the best examples of accessible games, explain how engineering options for disabled gamers can be very simple, and get into the business advantages of reaching a wide gamer audience. We’ll also have plenty of time for what I hope is some lively Q&A!

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