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Blind Bargains Qast 113: Steam Immersive Fruit Ninja

We've talked a bit already about how J.J. has used NVDA with OCR to play some games. And Joe has spoken about Xbox accessibility with Narrator. But that barely touches the surface of the types of games that are now available. Michael Feir and Jessie Anderson are on hand to talk about other forms of games access in this long-form discussion episode. The group also talks about the rise of crowd funding in the games sphere, how 3d printing is helping board gaming and how the future of games is going to involve lots of Augmented Reality.

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The list of places where someone can learn about games access is growing rapidly. This list is just the tip of a very large iceberg on the subject.
The Unity Accessibility Plug In Project
GA Con, the Games Accessiblity event at the Game developer Confrence
Follow Ian Hamilton on Twitter for a wide array of game access news
The Able gamers Charity provides demonstrations, talks and more about games access in the mainstream game event space
Game Accessibility Guidelines
Designing Games For Everyone News Center

Here are some of the places the group goes to find all types of games
Good Old Games
Humble Bundle

The Xbox 1 and the Playstation 4 now talk with the aid of on board TTS. There is a blind player out there competing in Street Fighter tournaments.
And there are games out there with loyal Blind followings like Skullgirls and Killer instinct.
However, Joe notes that the true power of a talking video game console is more access for the parent than the player. Now you can track, limit and stay involved in the games played in the house. Both consoles, and their respective websites, allow for the purchase of content in ways not seen five years ago.

Video games on other platforms:

The iOS platform is probably the most friendly OS for audio games ever. This list contains some games for iOS, Android and the PC as our talk about electronic diversions wandered from device to device.
Villains from Beyond
A hero's Call
Crafting Kingdom
Blindfold Games
Blac Box Puzzle
The Inquisitor audio games
Six Ages, sequel of King of Dragon Pass
A Dark Room/The Ensign
Dice tray
A Blind Legend

Table Top Games

The group also discussed games that don't involve a video screen. Joe mentions he cut his teeth on problem-solving with the exploits he performed in "Dungeons And Dragons". Michael chimed in during this potion portion as well. many of the suggestions below come from his comments on table top gaming.
64oz Games
Sushi Go
Nemesis Factor
Open Legend RPG

Virtual Reality

Joe asked Jesse to come on board as he uses an Oculus Rift to play VR games. This style of gaming is on another upswing in the public consciousness and jesse gives us some idea of how accessible these experiences are for Blind and Low Vision players. Some of the games can be viewed on YouTube and that might be the best way to get an idea of how they play, as VR can be a costly experience otherwise.
Batman VR
Ric And Morty VR
Star Trek Bridge Crew
Job Simulator
International Space Station
Dread Halls
Resident Evil 7

Disabled Characters In Games:

Sometimes the way people view the Disabled Community can be shaped by the media consumed. Here is a list of games mentioned that feature a Disabled character in their narrative.
Beyond Eyes
The Surge
Final Fantasy XV
Life Is Strange

Next week, Apple brings us the iPhone and Apple TV and Home Pod and new Apple watch and ... well you get the idea. Episode 114 is all about the Apple event on September 12th. don't worry if you are not an Apple fan as Google looks to have an event on October 5th and Microsoft announced a Surface event for October 31st. It is beginning to look a lot like the holiday season on BBQ, that's for sure.

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joshknnd1982 Monday, 11-Sep-2017 12:46 PM ET:

You forgot to list microsoft flight simulator-x, and also eurofly flight simulator in the list of games. Eurofly is one of my favorites and I also like Survive the Wild by Sam Tupy .

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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