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Submitted by gamesTM_dom 177d ago | article

Is it possible to make a game without graphics?

games™ talks to Incus Games about building videogames for the blind, the under-appreciation of sound design in the industry and the challenges that come with stripping away the graphical interface players are used to. (Dev, PC, Tech, Three Monkeys)

SlappingOysters  +   177d ago
Yes, check out Papa Sangre II - http://georiot.co/PapaSangr... - it's a game you play with your eyes closed on an iPad. Its narrated by Sean Bean (from Lord of the Rings) and it has him trying to lead you in the afterlife. Pretty cool.
gamesTM_dom  +   177d ago
We played quite a bit of Papa Sangre when we were researching this - along with Vanished & The Nightjar, too. It's a facet of the industry we're keen to see develop more, and the guys at Incus are really keen on pushing it in the right direction
TimmyShire  +   177d ago
Does Sean Bean die in Pada Sangre?
Irishguy95  +   177d ago
It's not possible for Sean Bean to survive in a story, but see in this case...he's starts off dead. Paradox anyone?
4ShotKing  +   177d ago
I know a game that doesn't have graphics, every gamer right now is playing it until March, it's called, "The Waiting Game".
Ultr  +   177d ago
There is a blind gamer that plays the original Oddworld.
That works because there is a sound for every action, also when you hit a wall, etc.
gamesTM_dom  +   177d ago
We'll check that out - not heard of that before. That must take some serious trail/error patience.
Relientk77  +   177d ago
Doesn't that mean it's the blind leading the blind, literally lol.

Seriously though that's awesome Oddworld rocks.
Perjoss  +   177d ago
At the eurogamer expo i played an audio only game which was quite interesting, cannot remember the name though.
gamesTM_dom  +   177d ago
That's where we first heard of Three Monkeys - this could very well be the game you played!
twdll  +   177d ago
There were games in the early 80s that only used text. No graphics... except for your imagination.
Mikefizzled  +   177d ago
Zork?
The_KELRaTH  +   177d ago
Yeah all those Infocom, Synapse etc text adventures and just add speech with speech recognition or speech with a controller or keyboard overlay for blind.

But the real future of gaming for the blind has to be using surround sound audio to create a virtual world.
I'm sure you could play an fps game blind if the right sound production was used, I remember BattleZone sound would get louder and turn from a blip sound to a continuous note when the target was on it. Cod Ghosts uses footstep sounds that get louder as they get closer and so on.
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WeAreLegion  +   177d ago
There are several games based solely on sound.
ninjagoat  +   177d ago
Better question would be. Would today's gaming consumers accept games without graphics?.

Lots off whiny little kids out there that expect graphics before gameplay.
AnotherProGamer  +   176d ago
You won't have much gameplay if you can't see it. Unless you are playing a old text beaded game
ninjagoat  +   175d ago
Say that game was a text based game then and it happened to be an amazing one. Would the gaming public allow for that to be a GOTY contender along side another AAA title?. Can't see it see maybe that text based game would require some thinking. Something that's lacking in today's games.
frostypants  +   176d ago
The very first video games were pure text. Hell, some people still play MUDs, which at their core don't require graphics.
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ATi_Elite  +   171d ago
Minecraft anyone?

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