The deaf gamers making gaming more accessible
Deaf gamers and activists are promoting and advocating for greater accessibility in video games. This accessibility can take the form of improving caption options and eliminating gameplay that requires audio cues to complete.
“Currently subtitles â€“ and only subtitles, not full captions â€“ are the only thing thatâ€™s standard in most games,” said Susan Banks, co-founder of OneOddGamerGirl, a website that rates video games based on their accessibility. “Theyâ€™d be much better if there was a universal standard for size, resizable is preferred and an option of a text background.”
Some companies are making improvements in their games, most notably with Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4.
“To get accessibility in their games done right, studios need to start bringing in testers or talk to people with REAL disabilities,” said Chris Robinson, creator of Deaf Gamers TV. “Then do your homework on how they can implement it in games.”
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