Video games are mostly not closely associated with disabled people, blind people specifically. However, EA thinks otherwise. The US-based company is on its way to create games accessible for blind people.
EA has announced on its official website that it’s opening up a new Accessible Portal. This portal will allow gamers to access news, blogs, and discussion threads regarding information about Electronic Arts titles and the accessibility functionality for those games.
It will not only allow gamers to look up information on accessibility information on certain EA titles, but also let gamers post and send requests to EA.
In the portal itself, disabled players will get what they need. There are text manuals for the hearing impaired, screen-reading guides for the Blind or visually impaired, and other forums and topics designed around certain disabilities. EA has been providing guides for disabled since 2016.
Karen Stevens, a software engineer for EA Sports described that the games to be developed for blind people are possibly UFC, Need for Speed, NHL, and Madden NFL.
Not only EA, other big-name companies have also been focusing on this particular issue. Ubisoft hired Josh Straub as a consultant for some of its games. Straub also puts together a series of guides and reviews for various video games that rated them on how well they could be accessed by different types of disabled gamers. It was called the D.A.G.E.R. System.
Naughty Dog is another company that shows attention to the disabled. They perfected a controller setting for games like Uncharted 4 so that players can play only using one hand.
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Blizzard Entertainment also claimed to be involved in projects that can embrace disabled players.
Whether it’s EA or other companies, adding focus to disabled is something that we should give thumbs up. This can send a message that games are literally for “everybody” to play.
Edited by Devi