The Lost Gamer writes"Tonight at Spike TV's Video Game Awards '09, Stevie Wonder was present to award The Beatles: Rock Band with Best Music Game for the year and well deserved to!"
but video games are pretty tough if you can't see. There really isn't any way to accommodate the blind in games. You have to see what you're doing. sry... it just the hurtful truth.
I always wondered if Sony would build me a 1 handed controller, thats obvioulsy if my hand (4 gods sake PLEASE dont ever happen) got lopped off Do u think they would? there MUST b other people around the world in the same boat that wanna play games but cant
Sony probably wouldn't, but I'm sure you could find someone that would make a controller like that for ya, if you ever needed one.
Playstation 9 will use your mind: http://www.youtube.com/watc... ;)
There are fantasy games, sort of like the chose your own ending books, which are based entirely on text and could be enjoyed by a blind person. They even have entire programming [like] languages for writing them. More of a matter of authoring a game than developing a game in this genre.
A blind person can NOT play a VIDEO game!
How about cures. I really hope that one day, no one will have to suffer blindness, paralysis or other disabilities. I just hope modern medicine and technology will evolve fast enough for me to see it happen.
"1.5 - Wha wha what? A blind person can NOT play a VIDEO game!" O RLY?
I was going to put that video.. Bubbles
he meant not just blind people but disabled people in general we are lucky we are not blind and can experience playing video games
Well im guessing for the people with lose of limb, Natal might be their answer, or something similar.
Yes there is. Scientists have been able to install chips into blind patients' eyes that allow them to see. But they need to wear glasses with built-in cameras. If they modify that a little bit, it could allow video games to send visual signals directly into the chip inside the brain. Not only that, there are technology that allows a computer to recognize simple human thoughts like; up, down, forward, etc. Now just imagine if they create a horror game that is able to instill fear directly into your brain!!! :O
You need limbs in order to play Natal... you just don't need a controller. But it depends on which limbs the game you're playing requires use of.
I'm too superstitious.
Bubbles for you Lt. Skittles.
I remember seeing a video of a blind gamer whom would play some shooter game and used the sound of other enemies shooting to figure out where they where. I don't remember what game it was, but it was on an older system, N64 possibly.
actually thats not entirly true there is a method to create auditory images based on tones but its quite out there in terms of working on a realistic scale especially in a interactive enviroment http://janetshaw.com/blog/s...
Just buy an arcade controller if the standard controller is to complex for you, big red buttons to mash.
I'm on his side, though my disability is physical. Only thing I can't play are a few Wii games though, which doesn't bother me that much.
I somewhat agree but it'll be hard to make a game like that. Maybe a music game that involves sounds.
dont poke fun at the disabled you heartless prick
They can do a game or 2 but they can't have an option or it, like lefty
It's better to wait for artificial eye implants (which currently exist in prototype stages) because I really se no way this could be done
That'd be pretty cool but I wonder what it'd be like for him. Being blind his whole life and then having the opportunity to see the world for the first time. That would just be amazing.
Yeah I'd like to see his reaction. It'll probably be the greatest day of his life
Imagine what the eye would do for cheaters, if it never suffered fatigue...
Well I guess it will not give a perfect vision. Maybe it'll just show vague object contours so people can see where they're going.
And then he'd take them right back out after seeing all the disappointment.
Shucks itd be the greatest day of MY life to see that.
I wonder what he dreams about? Since he doesn't know what things look like.
Blind people who never saw anything since birth, like in Stevie Wonder's case, do not dream in vision like us. Their dreams involve using their other senses, smell, hearing and talking. For not blind people, it is more of what they see since vision is for most the dominate sense. You can easily look this up. I can't remember the name of a movie about a guy who gets his eyesight for the first time in his life, but he suffered a lot at first because he never saw anything before, then he had full eyesight. He loses it later due to a problem that cannot be solved in his eyes. I don't remember if it was based on a real-life guy or not, but I think it is.
Maybe for music games, yeah. But I really dont see how they can implement it properly in other games
Noble of him i agree why should not every1 enjoy gaming.
well maybe if they can implant games into the mind, then maybe people like him and other could play games
"implant games into the mind" that sounds dangerous
"game will not load, data corrupt" FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Or there are other, chemically assisted, games you can play.
Install a blu-ray drive on the top of his head.
I'd like an MMO fighting game like this. With REAL pain. Watch everyone running away, staying in the corners and screaming like little girls
Whilst Stevie Wonders intentions are very noble I have to say personally "WTF". As far as I am aware Stevie is completely blind and I am at a loss as to how any of the mainstream games we play today can cater for some one with such a profound disability. I think he is being slightly unfair about the games industry. They have done a "decent" effort to cater for hard of hearing users (by including subtitles in nearly all games). There may be an argument for greater efforts to make control schemes more flexible for those physically disabled. However I seriously do not have a damn clue how it would be technically feasible to make a game like Call Of Duty MW2 playable to someone that is completely blind. It is an unfortunate fact that games are a "visual" medium I am afraid.
I don't think that he was necessarily pleading to have EVERY mainstream title cater to HIS individual needs. He was simply making a commentary on the industry being inclusive of those with disabilities. I AGREE that it would be difficult...but it is NOT out of the realm of reality. It would take a concerted effort for devs to make a decision to design a game that could be enjoyed by everybody. I could see a music game with vibration feedback, or a more auditory adventure game that relies on describing environments thoroughly and presents players with options (like a Monkey Island or Maniac Mansion). It would take testing, effort, a WANT to do it, and some cash...but it is not impossible.
What's next? Music for deaf people? Treadmills for people with no legs? Flowers for people with no sense of smell? I could go on.
Music for deaf people is a weird one. Bassy sounds tend to make very strong vibrations which everyone, including deaf people can "hear", Queens of the Stone Age actually have a song called "The Real Song for the Deaf" hidden in the pregap of their Songs for the Deaf album http://www.youtube.com/watc...
can deaf people play ROCK BAND or GH?
an imagination...for those that can't think "outside of the box". Music for the deaf...already been done. Treadmills for people without legs...prosthesis can give "new" legs...but guess how they build back atrophied muscles...that's right...treadmills. Flowers are enjoyed for beauty, as well as smell...so they CAN be enjoyed...just not completely. Have some compassion, since you seem to be blessed with all of your senses, for those that have had those things taken away and still want to enjoy gaming. It's just about being as inclusive as possible. Who could argue with that?
If there was games for visually challenged people, they would have to be simon says type games. Or a voice describing what you are doing in the virtual world. "your running through a forest and you see a bad guy!" It would be very hard to make a good game but its not impossible.
It was shown on the NBC once, there was a boy who could play video games with only his hearing. He's blind, and was able to tell what was going on by hearing everything, using all the sounds in the game to tell whats going on.
No disrespect to blind people but you can't play video games if you are blind. Its just not possible. Just like you can't play piano if you're hands have been chopped off.
lol, why would you care if you offend them or not? It's not like they can, y'know...read your comment.
Somebody can read for them.
way to save the day.
Don't know why so many disagreed with you, guess they jumped on the hate train before actually thinking how beneficial it would be for disabled persons. Ignorance is a disability all it's own and for which knowledge is the only cure. ~ you heard it here first, quote by me
Uh huh....a system that uses a persons entire body as a controller.... for disabled people.... really?
a music type game that is triggered by rumble. Still a hard task to do.
It's called a video game for a reason. A blind person can never truly experience a video game because he can't possibly see the video!
Natal would make this so easy ESPECIALLY FOR SOUND-BASED GAMES! Just wave your hands around and the sounds change signaling to the user (in this case a visually impaired player) what to do and how to proceed: as sort of hot or cold technique. The trick is, developers need to use ACTUAL blind people to make their games and take their insight on how things feel, what they can do to change it and so on. And that's just for the visually impaired, there would be so many benefits for all kinds of disorders, including neuro-muscular disorders and auditory. The devs of flOw and flOwer could do something along these lines easily, it's natural for them I think. They could even make another peripheral not unlike the headphone diagnostic equipment used to gauge one's hearing, beep in one ear and then the other, except this would make it easier to "place" sounds where the devs want them and communicate directive the the player better. Perhaps a light vibration function as well in the headset.
well im deaf but i got a cochlear implant on my left and that hearing level is up and will never go down however i still have regular hearing on my right ear but i however apprieate subtitles in games like rpgs or more dialoge ones like mass effect however id rather lose my voice or hearing or my legs then my vision so hopfully they find some way to get around the blindness and fix it
im deaf too. im happy im not the only one here who is being deaf on this website. lol. welcome to deafhood!
I'm not the only hearing impaired gamer on this site. Sweet
Games for disabled as well as medicine to prevent anyone from being disabled but in the meantime I believe a blind person could enjoy Rhythm Heaven on the DS.
he wasn't solely referring to blind people. Games or control schemes that cater to various disabilities should be created IMO. I remember when a disabled (or rather challenged by conventional control setups) gamer asked Naughty Dog if they could consider implementing the option to swap the sticks for aiming and shooting on the DS3 for Uncharted 2. It's great that ND listened and actually implemented it :). A PS3 user asked Guerrilla Games to allow 100% custom controls in KZ2, but they responded and said no :(. I love KZ2, but that's just messed up. Hell, even left-handed gamers may have issues. I remember my dad tried to play a game and couldn't because he's left-handed. Options! --- I look forward to some innovations that developers can create for all kinds of disabilities, even though it'll tough for blind people. The Wii, Natal, and Gem should open up some possibilities for others.
I like wii cause I used to have bad carpal tunnel and the controller didn't aggravate it. It cleared up mostly thank god. After reading that about ND I'll have to buy UC2, very good to hear. That's lazy in KZ2. There's no other word for it other than programmers not wanting to make the option.
Yes, as people noted a game for the blind wouldn't be a "video" game. But I see no technical reason why music based games could not be adapted for blind people to have a way to play them. It would have to be a different idea than watching colored dots on a screen, but I'm sure something cool could be done.
i love stevie wonder to bad about hiw condition
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