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Game accessibility news roundup: 3/10/09

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Virtual Finance Teaches Real Financial Skills in Second Life. Nathalie Caron of Game Forward writes of a Credit Union Island in Second Life which is designed to help teenagers learn about "real life financial decisions" such as taking out a college loan. While the Virtual Finance tutorial set up by Ohio University is not meant for people with disabilities in particular, something similar could help those with certain kinds of disabilities practice financial skills.

Xerte is a free, open source toolkit for creating quizzes, presentations and other learning applications. It was developed by the University of Nottingham. While Xerte's primary purpose is to make educational media, it's capable of making games (e.g. using Flash) as well. Xerte has many features to make applications accessible to people with disabilities. There's a choice of color schemes that provide good contrast between text and background colors and have been tested against many types of color blindness. It's easy to make applications controllable with the keyboard rather than the mouse, as well as to enable text-to-speech output.

7128 Software announces their top picks of websites for gamers who are blind, sites for gamers with mobility impairments and sites for gamers who are Deaf. (GameCritics is #8 out of 10 on the last list; though it lists our attention to games' accessibility for Deaf and hard of hearing gamers as "recent," GC has been doing it for years).

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Platform(s): PC  
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Topic(s): Gaming with Disabilities  

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Deaf Access

Tera,

Thanks for correcting my mis-assumption that GC had just recently begun adding deaf access to your reviews.

I based it on Chi's October 2008 post about your new review format. It seemed at glance that you were just then adding that feature. In the press of time, I failed to look sufficiently closely at earlier GC reviews. Sigh!

When I get a chance, likely this weekend, I'll change that statement on our list.

John Bannick
www.7128.com

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