Visually Impaired Gamers
May 03, 2013
I never thought about what my experience of the world would be if I couldn’t see until I watched the movie Dare Devil. After that, I tended to assume that a person unable to perceive the world around him or her thought sight must have some sort of similar experience of sight given from his or her brain, kind of like the graphics of a computer game.
I read an article earlier this week about video games. Seems pretty normal, right! But here is the catch, video games for the blind. The first thought that entered my head was, "Whoa…Fascinating!" My second thought was, "Wait, how does a blind person play a video game?" Because video games are mostly visual experiences, right?” But no, not now.
The games serve not only for entertainment purposes but functional purposes as well. Just like one would listen in real life to the environment for cues as to what’s happening; a gamer uses stereo sound to find out if there is a hall way
You’ve heard of eye candy, right? Well, video games for the visually impaired have ear candy. That’s right. This means the developers not only paid attention to putting in sounds that would help indicate whether a hall way was to your right or if someone was walking up behind you to unleash a sneak attack, but also the sounds of the everyday environment that one would find in real life—like birds, running water, etc.
Now, you know.