Post date: 
Thursday, 10 December 2020
Category: 
TV, Radio and Film
A pile of vintage games controllers

There are many games blind and partially sighted people would love to play, but they do not have accessibility settings or are simply not accessible enough. 

The Half-Life series is one of them. The in-game HUD may be too small, and enemies could blend into backgrounds. Grant Theft Auto can also be a struggle to play. It isn't hard to imagine that games in which you must follow a small map are difficult for individuals with sight loss due to the small details and icons. Small text is also an issue. Not being able to read small 'Riddles' the player must solve in Batman: Arkham Asylum limits them from completing tasks and experiencing the full gameplay.

On the other hand, there are games that are more accessible for partially sighted gamers and that do have accessibility options.

Minecraft

Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world. With many types of gameplay and the option to play alone or with friends, it has great possibilities for various adventures. The accessibility settings can be used by anyone, from the deaf to the blind. Settings include changing the chat size and the option for it to be narrated, as well as the speed of narration. The game also has the option of changing the way things look in the game via texture packs. The wide Minecraft community creates various new texture packs to suit everyone, from themed looks to colours. The game is blocky, made of pixels and simple graphics, which makes it easier to see and manage compared to games with realistic graphics.

SUPERHOT

This game is a Polish 3D first-person shooter. The main premise of the game is that time moves only when you, the player, move. The game is 3D and has a lot of polygons, but the simple colours make it easy to look at. Throughout the game, there are only three main colours: enemies are in red shades, the floor, obstacles and walls are shades of white, and weapons and items that you can pick up are black. At some parts during the game, text may appear, however it is big enough to almost fill the screen.

Stanley Parable

This game runs on the Source engine. There are no accessibility settings, though people with sight loss would still find it easy to play. It is mainly walking, making choices and listening to the game's narrator, who often breaks the fourth wall, depending on what choice you make.

A Blind Legend

This game is made especially for the blind. The controls are easy to use. You control the main character with the arrow keys, spacebar and F or J key. The game follows a blind knight on a mission to save someone. He is guided by his daughter and players must use stereo headphones to listen to where she is so they can follow her. There are no graphics as this game is purely audio-based making it ideal for the blind and visually impaired.

For more information Dom Musial's gameplay videos can be viewed on YouTube.