But platform holder's Tara Voelker urges developers to add more accessibility options to their titles.
Absolutely. I support this. 100%
Same here. MS should see this to the end. Devs should seriously consider adding some accessibility options in their games.
Powerful words, I like her logic.
"Games are more than just entertainment, These are all things that can be mean the difference between existing and living for someone with a disability." --- It is entertainment and it is not something you are owed in life regardless of who you are. --- "They were designed with inclusion in mind, which includes offering the choices of prosthetic limbs or a wheelchair for the first time," "We need more characters with disabilities in games, but we also need to make sure they're good representations." Just normal idiotic liberal talking points... We have wheelchair characters already though: https://www.youtube.com/wat...
^^^Good god N4G is a cesspool.
I hope you lose a hand.
If I did I wouldn't care if the movies I watch, the music I listen to, or the games I played had people who were the same. Accessibility features is one thing adding characters who are disabled just to tick a box is another.
You are correct that entertainment isn't owed to anyone. It is sold, even in this case.
According to liberals disabled people can't survive without them though.
How do you know they are liberals?
"According to liberals disabled people can't survive without them though. " You need some adaptive tech to help out your brain dude. No one said that. It is about quality of life. You can't get past your political labels to see anything else.
Tiny icon is tiny mate.
Don't worry, you'll be adequately represented in gaming for years to come. I doubt dumb-grunts-who-can-barely-tie -their-own-shoelaces are going away any time soon.
"It is entertainment and it is not something you are owed in life regardless of who you are." Where in the article did it say anyone is owed anything? It is a device that improves the quality of life for people with disabilities? It isn't free. They still have to buy it. The games aren't free either. Neither is the console. So again.....why are you yapping about liberals and political bullshit? This is a good product that meets a need.
Did you read the article or the title? The title and I quote "mean the difference between existing and living" insinuating people with disabilities can't live without this. They also didn't just talk about a device they talked about being "inclusive", needing better representation for the disabled with more characters in games have prosthetics and wheel chairs.
Are you serious? You read that as Microsoft was saying emphatically that this was a literal life saving device? That disabled people would die without this device? That is what you read? The MS rep is clearly saying this device can improve lives by giving them access to games. She did not say the difference between "death and living". She said "existing and living". It is basic common sense. Oh.....you want to be able to rant about liberals? This right here.....this is the kind of political shit that turn normal people into morons.
I am so glad they're prioritizing this. I hope Sony and Nintendo follow suit.
Same, all companies should embrace accessibility. It would be cool if Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony all collaborated to ensure uniform accessibility features across all platforms. I know it's unlikely, but that would mean that people who use those features could find the same features on whichever console they wanted to play. Though, accessibility features aren't really something companies explore to try and boost profits, so maybe something like that is a possibility.
Adding accessibility features if it doesn't make the game worse is one thing, adding disabled characters is another.
I like the idea of customizing the controls my way, and not how the creators feel that works for them.
WTF does this even mean?!?!?
Liberals are beating themselves off every time they can tell us how inclusive they are is all it means. Expect more disabled characters in the future in every game.
Got ya! I dont mind a disabled charterer but shoehorning them in just for the sake of shoehorning then in drives me nuts.
I agree, its like making 'Human Torch' black in the later Fantastic 4 movie reboot to show they're not racist... instead it got a reaction that flamed racism even more, the stinking team ended up making racism even more prominent!
I appreciate what they're doing, but I think it is a bit much to say these people aren't living without Xbox games.
The extent of some people's disabilities extremely limit what they can do, what you take for granted they see as a God send.
I don't think it was saying that they aren't living without Xbox games, I think it's just saying that gaming can be a form of escapism that helps give people meaning. To those that are disabled in such ways that they are unable to play most video games, gaming is a bit of a walled off area. When those barriers are broken down and people who were previously unable to play games finally have the opportunity to, it can be a liberating experience that opens up an entirely new medium to explore. Hence certain individuals might go from feeling like they're just "existing" to finding meaning in exploring something they never had the opportunity to previously. This is especially true since in most communities around the world people still have a lot of misconceptions about disabled individuals and they're often treated like second-class citizens, which can lead to barriers that make it difficult to build meaningful relationships with other people. Obviously it's on an individual basis though. Every person is different and the number of disabled individuals that find meaning playing video games is probably pretty low. Still, the push for accessibility is a great thing and I hope the industry as a whole works to make games more accessible for all kinds of people.
My little sister had severe brain damage at birth, not only could she not speak or walk, she could scarcely control her limbs. She "existed" for 23 years until her death due to pneumonia. If I could have given her a moments comfort or a real chance to escape for awhile I would. Still gives me nightmares.
Nope they will DIE without their inclusive xbox.
Th is is also why I love vr and at. No one should be upset with more options. I know a quadriplegic that has used vr to help her experience sights and locations she would never have been able to otherwise. Though Microsoft isn't the only company that shares these feelings it's nice to hear and see their support for more accessibility.
I agree. Accessibility on a system level is long overdue IMO. Past attempts never really got much support. I think it's great that any company would want to include more people. It's a tough issue to tackle, because when it comes to accessibility, there are a lot of things that can prevent people from playing. Some may have limited mobility to use a controller, some may be legally blind and not be able to see well, Some may have problems with muscle control which limits imput options....or as you say, someone with missing limbs. It's impossible to account for every possible thing that someone may face, but taking steps to include more, means that eventually, you can get to a point that everyone can be included. It would be best if this ended up being an industry push, but it's hard to say if it will be,because the industry doesn't always consider the minority when making their decisions. I just hope this doesn't end up being something that MS gives up on, as someone needs to lead the way. To MS credit, they have always been pretty good at adding in accessibility features when it comes to their OS products.
I think that's what blows my mind they are very much into the accessibility options for their is products and I'm just surprised we haven't seen more from the gaming division, hoping that changes soon.
On a system level, no console maker has pushed it heavily. Accessibility was there with the motion controls of last gen, but that didn't account for those with handicaps. However, some handicaps could use motion controls so it was a start. MS is doing good with what they're doing, but ultimately, it will require developer support, and that's probably going to be the hard part. MS will need to show that there is a big enough market for it, and sell enough of the hardware to get publishers attention. Early on, we'll probably see some support as test bed products, but if has to be ongoing, and a big push for it to be across the board. The best thing MS could do is open up their new controllers to other systems as well, because the last thing that burgeoning market needs is division. It's still early though. It'll take time, and there will be some hiccups along the way. If MS and devs can remain committed to it, it could be a very big thing going forward. I just hope the whole topic doesn't become some console war nonsense, because this is one thing that doesn't need distractions. There could be a big market for accessibility options, and the console war would just distract from those that may just want to play games, but can't because of a handicap.
This stuff will be used more by try hards than actual people with disabilities.
People that down vote...do you realize how you can plug a controller into this device and use it as foot paddles and customize it however you like? Think before you downvote. There are more gamers out there that will pay 100 bucks for an extra edge then there are disabled gamers. Stop getting caught up in your SJW frenzy and think logically. This device plus a regular controller could possibly be better than a pro controller for those who can manipulate it...and if you don't think plenty will try...you don't play multiplayer games
I wouldn't be surprised if some knuckleheads went to that extent to be dicks, but if you think it's anything higher than a fraction of 1% you're making too much of it.
@KwietStorm And that fraction is more than the disabled people who will use this.
Great job Microsoft, they’re truly for the gamers.
more games should have greater option for disabled people, i hope developers get on this
This is one area I'll give MS props in. They have been working towards improving accessibility for disabled gamers. Here's hoping Sony and Nintendo will follow suit.
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