Accessible Game Culture using Inclusive Game Design: Participating in a visual culture that you cannot see
2015 (English)In: VS-Games 2015: 7th International Conference on Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications / [ed] Per Backlund, Red Hook, NY: IEEE Computer Society, 2015, 147-154 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
In this paper, we present the result of an experiment, in which we compare the gaming experience between sighted players and visually impaired players playing the same game. Specifically we discuss whether they experience the same story construed from the plot elements that are either manifested by audio and graphics in the case of sighted players or primarily by audio in the case of visually impaired players. To this end, we have developed a graphical point-and-click adventure game for iOS and Android devices. The game has been designed to provide players with audio feedback that enables visually impaired players to interact with and experience the game, but in a manner that does not interfere with the overall appearance and functionality of the game, i.e. a design that is fully inclusive to both groups of players and that is as invisible for sighted players as possible without hindering visually impaired players to share the same gaming experience when it comes to story content. The study shows that the perception of the story were almost identical between the two groups. Generally it took visually impaired players a little longer to play the game but they also seem to listen more carefully to the dialogue and hence also build a slightly deeper understanding of the characters.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Red Hook, NY: IEEE Computer Society, 2015. 147-154 p.
inclusive game design, narrative, story, plot elements, visually impaired players, sighted players
Other Engineering and Technologies
Research subject Technology; Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11538DOI: 10.1109/VS-GAMES.2015.7295764ISI: 000380426500007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84954564285ISBN: 978-1-4799-8102-1ISBN: 978-1-4799-8101-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-11538DiVA: diva2:856064
IEEE 7th International Conference on Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications (VS-Games), Skövde, September 16-18, 2015
FunderThe Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)
Catalog Number: CFP1538G-ART (Xplore)2015-09-232015-09-232016-09-05Bibliographically approved