Non-video video games

Games for the visually impaired aren’t quite the next battleground in accessibility, since they’ve already been a battleground for quite a while. Still, this is a great article that covers everything from assistive tech to audio-only games:

"A lot of assistive technology like screen readers — they're very expensive. Screen readers are like $1,200, so there's a consideration there as well. We need to make it accessible." Folmer turned to cheap and affordable parts bought off the shelf. He worked on VI Tennis, a Wii Tennis clone for the visually impaired, then added VI Bowling and an original Whac-a-Mole game called Pet-n-Punch to this VI Fit ensemble. These games require only a Wii remote and a PC with Bluetooth.

Speaking of audio games, Somethin’ Else have announced a sequel to the great Papa SangrĂ©, starring Legit Movie Actor Sean Bean:


For those who are sighted but still want something more than just video in their video games (or maybe more video in their tabletop games), there’s Dice+, a D6 that connects via Bluetooth to control gameplay.


Two more nontraditional UIs, via CAN:

DIRTI tracks displacements in a tray full of liquid or grains to control an iPad.

Blinkdrink turns an iPhone into a fancy coaster that lights up your drink based on ambient sound.