A Look at Characters with Disabilities in Video Games

Recently there has been a lot of discussions about the need for diversity in video games. There has been a lot of attention given to the call for inclusion of more female characters, of more gay and lesbian characters, and more characters of racial minorities. Today I'm here to talk about another group that is often… » 3/27/14 11:32am 3/27/14 11:32am

Final Fantasy XIV Named Most Disability Accessible Game Of 2013

You might have a hard time playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn if you're new to the massively multiplayer online role-playing scene, but physical disability won't get in your way. The AbleGamers foundation has awarded Square Enix's well-received redux its Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year award. » 1/28/14 3:00pm 1/28/14 3:00pm

Developer Makes Disabled Gamer's Wish Come True With an Arrow Click

When a commenter on the website of Legend of Grimrock asked about clickable on-screen arrow navigation for the upcoming indie dungeon crawler, developers said they had no plans to implement such a feature. When they found out why the commenter asked, they quickly changed those plans. » 1/27/12 2:00pm 1/27/12 2:00pm

You Don't Need Two Arms To Play Kinect

Chris Erickson's brother found himself without the use of his right arm following a tragic accident, but that hasn't stopped him from enjoying Xbox 360 Kinect games. » 11/11/10 4:20pm 11/11/10 4:20pm

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

Paralyzed Gamer Soldiers On in Modern Warfare 2

Iain Hanson, a 19-year-old from Scotland, broke his neck in a bouncy castle amusement four years ago, losing all function in his fingers. Still he plays Modern Warfare2 on the PS3 - better than I can, for sure. » 6/04/10 10:30pm 6/04/10 10:30pm

VI Fit Is Wii Sports For The Blind

Wii Sports can be a big factor in getting sedentary children moving, but what about blind children? A video game research project at the University of Nevada, Reno, is creating Wii Sports-based PC games that don't require eyesight to play. » 6/04/10 3:20pm 6/04/10 3:20pm

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…