The AbleGamers Charity has launched a new website with the aim to connect disabled gamers and developers. The goal is to provide both parties with the tools to help make games more accessible for everyone who wants to play.
This new Accessible Player Experiences Portal has information on what developers can do to make their games more accessible. This isn’t necessarily about making games easier.
It’s about making sure everyone, no matter their disability can play games.
Though the website does site things like having the ability to slow things down and have deeper tutorials there’s a strong emphasis on simple accessibility.
Things like having clear text or options in controls go a long way to making a game playable by a much wider audience.
Furthermore, this new site also offers Player Panels. This will give developers access to players with disabilities to help improve their games.
Developers can submit a project and get direct feedback from people on what would make their game more accessible. This means not only do more gamers get to play the game but developers can broaden their audiences.
It’s important to note that as these players are essentially being consultants AbleGamers requests they are compensated for their time. This could act as an additional source of income for some people who might really need it.
Not only will this help get more games into the hands of more gamers but maybe more money into their pockets as well.
In the past, AbleGamers has helped gamers by providing the information they need to get into the world of gaming. For people with different potential hurdles, it can be difficult to start with the basic kit.
Information on things like which controllers may be able to help may not be immediately obvious. The AbleGamers site also has a questionnaire which is specifically designed to help get answers to those in need.
Of course, a lot of these things don’t exactly come cheap. This can be especially true when money is sunk into medical expenses or even just day to day living. AbleGamers also offers grants to further help.
There’s even what the charity calls Expansion Packs where gaming centres specifically for people with disabilities are set up.
This way gamers can go and play without forking out money for a controller and potentially meet people with similar interests.
If you’d like to start a fundraising campaign or donate to AbleGamers, you can do so here.