Monday, September 01, 2008

Retro Remakes Competition: Serious Gaming For Accessibility

Serious Games challenging us to play a better future


Via: SpecialEffect

Following my prior post
Serious Games As A Vehicle For Accessibility Advocacy, here is an update on the "A Game for Helen" project - dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games.



There is now a tie up with game programming community, Retro Remakes, starting on the 1st of September and running until December the 6th.

Retro RemakesA Game for Helen" competition links up with the Special Effect project of the same name to bring an inclusive arcade experience to kids and young adults in the hospices Helen and Douglas House This is especially aimed at bringing games to those who cannot play arcade type games using conventional controls due to disability.

This
category of the Retro Remakes competition will be looking for entrants to create accessible updated counterparts of real or imagined arcade games from the 1920's to date. These can include mechanical, electro-mechanical and video games. Basically - anything at all you might find in an amusement arcade through the ages.Category 4 “A Game For Helen” anticipated deliverables are Eye Tracker and One Switch compatible games for PCs with some good additional accessibility features/options.

You may ask how on earth you create a game for Eye Trackers or for a single switch. Fear not – if you have a mouse, a left-mouse button and a space bar – you have all the hardware you need. Follow these links to “
Design Tips For Eye Tracker Games” and “Design Tips for One Switch Games” for more. 

But really - anything you can imagine. Just don’t forget to make your game fun for as many people as you can!