A New Custom Controller To Help Disabled Kids Play Video Games

Gaming, even with the help of a well-designed controller, can be a physically demanding task. It requires coordination, skill, and hand-strength, even for the simplest first-person games. Not everyone has that strength. » 6/20/13 7:30pm 6/20/13 7:30pm

Guild Wars 2 Player Kicks Ass Using Only His Cheek, Mouth

If you're a Guild Wars 2 player and have ever complained about a sore wrist, or tired eyes, here's something that might put your issues in perspective. » 9/19/12 11:00pm 9/19/12 11:00pm

Gaming Accessibility Project Hopes To Help More Developers Make Games…

There are two kinds of accessibility that come up in gaming discussions. One is that understanding how a game works, or how to master it, can often be impenetrable to the newbie. But the other is that no matter how experienced a gamer is, if he or she has certain disabilities, the games can be literally almost… » 9/04/12 11:30am 9/04/12 11:30am

Watch Someone Kick Ass in FIFA Using Just Their Eyes

Maybe what drew you here is the chance to watch someone play a video game using technology that tracks eye movement. But make sure you stick around to hear about the people who make that possible. » 9/28/11 12:20pm 9/28/11 12:20pm

Watch a Master Modder Split an Xbox 360 Controller in Two

In the latest episode of The Ben Heck Show, master video game console modder Benjamin J. Heckendorn creates an Xbox 360 controller for folks that can't bring their hands together in front of their bodies. How does he do it? » 8/08/11 10:40am 8/08/11 10:40am

Could You Play Street Fighter IV With Your Face? And Win?

Mike "Broly" Begum is a Street Fighter IV player from Texas. And he's pretty damn good. What makes Mike's success notable, though, is the fact he's so good despite having to play the game with his face. » 4/01/11 1:00am 4/01/11 1:00am

How A Blind Man Plays Video Games

Mechanical engineering student and gamer Terry Garrett can play just about the perfect game of Abe's Exoddus. Which is pretty awesome, considering Garrett is totally blind. » 2/22/11 3:30am 2/22/11 3:30am

Bet You Couldn't Play Fallout With Your Chin

This is Gareth. He's playing through the early stages of Fallout: New Vegas on the PC. Why are we watching him? Because he can play it without using his hands. » 2/04/11 4:30am 2/04/11 4:30am

Making Games Accessible For All Shapes And Sizes

You may never have stopped to consider how a developer tailors their game to suit the needs of a disabled gamer. You really should, though, it's fascinating stuff. » 12/25/10 12:00am 12/25/10 12:00am

Kinect Is A Blessing For This Family

With a (mostly) disappointing launch lineup and some niggling problems, it's easy to get down on Microsoft's Kinect. Try sparing a thought, though, for the parents of a four year-old autistic boy, for which it's been a revelation. » 11/11/10 12:30am 11/11/10 12:30am

Kinect Patent Says It Can Read Sign Language

The patent for Microsoft's motion-sensing camera Kinect was released to the public last week, and while we knew most of the stuff contained within, I'd be lying if I said I knew the device could recognise sign language. » 8/09/10 6:30am 8/09/10 6:30am

Duct Tape And A Bag Of Rice Helps Disabled Man Get In The Game

Steve Spohn suffers from muscular dystrophy, leaving him physically limited. But thanks to duct tape, a bag of rice and an Xbox 360 controller, he can still get his game on. » 6/08/10 3:30am 6/08/10 3:30am

The Disabled-Friendly NES Controller From The 1980's

While it's easy to think that - through the wonders of subtitles and the Wii Remote - making games accessible to the disabled is a recent trend, it's not. It's as old as the hills. » 5/06/09 6:30am 5/06/09 6:30am

Frets On Fire For The Blind

Although you might expect music based games like Guitar Hero to appeal to visually impaired gamers, they do tend to rely on on-screen cues which makes following a tune difficult/impossible. Open-source Guitar Hero clone Frets On Fire » 11/19/08 5:00am 11/19/08 5:00am lends itself to experimentation, so Eelke Folmer - a usability Professor at Nevada…

Retro Remakes Competition To Create A 'Game For Helen'

The Retro Remakes competition » 9/03/08 4:20pm 9/03/08 4:20pm has returned for 2008, this time with a charitable twist. As well as five categories for different types of remake or tribute retro game (see for the full list), this year's competition features a special 'Game For Helen' category that challenges coders to create a retro videogame for…

Rock Band Accessibility Mod Makes Wheelchair Rockin' Possible

Accessibility may not be the sexiest aspect of gaming, but my God do I have a burning lust for it. Take this Rock Band mod for example, one from a company called Kinetic. According to the folks at Kinetic, the mod was devised for "an aspiring Rock Star who happens to be in a wheelchair" who was "disappointed because… » 6/02/08 9:40pm 6/02/08 9:40pm