Press Start on Gaming Accessibility

The gaming industry has finally realising that making gaming accessible to every type of gamer is a vital component of any hardware or game. This is good news for disabled gamers however, as accessibility is in its infancy there is huge scope for improvement. The most important part of making a difference is changing industry thinking so dialogue between disabled gamers and the industry can ultimately improve the game experience for everybody. Just answer this question: Do you really want to lose $$$ and alienate gamers due to inaccessibility?

The XboxOne has the Co-pilot feature, which combines the input from 2 controllers to become 1 input so that 2 people can play as one. Co-pilot would really help me during gaming, as I always have a carer around so it would make it easier for me to direct them rather them having to reposition my arm after a button is pressed.

Microsoft seem to have more commitment to accessible gaming (compared to Sony) as they recently announced at #G4E Gaming & Disability Community Leads Tara Voelker (@LadieAuPair) & Brannon Zahand (@BrannonZ).

Gaming accessibility features that are innovative and Inclusive like co-pilot shouldn’t be console exclusive but a standard accessibility option across the board. In monetary terms, I am sure you’ll earn more $$$ from gamers with disabilities or parents who want to introduce their young child to gaming.

To see what is happening in the gaming industry regarding gaming accessibility The Develop Conference in Brighton on the 11-13 July is the right place. The heavyweights in the gaming industry Bryce Johnson (Xbox), Henry Hoffman (Fiddlesticks), Ian Hamilton (Accessibility Specialist) & Mark Friend (Sony) are on the panel speaking about current accessibility and discuss future practices from developer level though to broader industry initiatives.

Press Start!


How many Questions? 20 Questions

Okay today I’m (finally) answering Carrie’s 20 Questions! Click here to visit her wonderful website Life On The Slow Lane!

1. Morning or evening person?
I’m a morning person, I’ve always liked to start my day early as I have the most energy.

2. Night in or night out?
Night in or night out depending on which friend I’m with.

3. Lots of friends or a few close friends?
A few close friends, I like meaningful friendships with longevity. Besides, it’s time consuming! Haha.

4. Time to yourself or time spent with others?
I enjoy time to myself, as a child I’ve always been able to entertain myself. I relax by reading comic books or gaming so I like the quiet. However, I do enjoy spending time talking to people & having fun.

5. Holiday at home or abroad?
I’m more of a day-out person so I prefer organising activities.

6. Countryside, seaside or city?
Countryside! I know this sounds childish but I love driving past farmland

7. Hot climate or cold climate?
Neither, they both have their downfalls for me.

8. Books or films?
I’m a big reader, I always have a novel or comic on the go. I do watch series like Game of Thrones but I’m very picky on what to watch as it is a huge time commitment. That’s why I watch 22 minute cartoons like Samurai Jack or Star Wars Rebels.

9. Rice or pasta?

10. Tea or coffee or..?
Coffee, I need a cup every morning!

11. Cook, takeaway or eat out?
Option 4: None as I don’t eat meals!

12. Formal or casual?

13. Dogs or cats?

14. Play it safe or be daring?
I am an adventurous person but I do understand my limits, it’s all about balance for me. Everybody is daring in some capacity.

15. Idealist or realist?
Realist, but idealism is such a great personal motivator. Without idealism Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela would not have had the power to change the ‘real’ world. Idealism is from the heart and Realism is from your mind, we need to join the two.

16. Lead or follow?
I have never really been a follower but I used to find it difficult to direct people. However through maturity I’ve learnt that being confidence in yourself and your needs makes it easier to create the life that you want.

17. Work or play?

18. Lennon or McCartney?
Lennon only due to the song Imagine.

19. Love or money?
Love, no doubt. Money is ultimately a man-made creation but love is priceless. Money is useful though, without it I wouldn’t have a wheelchair so thank you man-made creation!

20. Share your problems or keep them to yourself?

As a child I have always shared my problems with my Mum but I’m now slowly opening up to a few friends. Throughout my life Ive had long periods of being stuck in bed for months so I had plenty of time to work out my anger issues. That’s the reason I may appear a calm person.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what you think.