Data comes from 7-128 Software market research of over 100 Web sites
relevant to the accessible gaming community,
including: developers, gaming media, and organizations.
Ranking is based on, in general order of priority:
Influence on the Industry
To what degree does the site or its organization influence our industry?
- Direct contact with industry leaders and developers, to improve game accessibility.
- Contact and publicity to the general public, to make them aware of game accessibility issues.
- Guidelines and other assistance to developers, to make their games more accessible.
Service to the Community
To what degree does the site or its organization provide service to the accessible gaming community?
- Direct assistance to gamers to make their gaming more accessible.
- Promoting the public development of assistive technologies to make gaming more accessible.
- Accessibility information to gamers.
- Providing community to gamers with accessibility issues.
How frequently is the site updated.
This means how often does it get new content.
Sites that have not been updated for a long time are ranked down.
How well known is the site in the gaming community?
This means how often is the Web site mentioned in forum posts, in media
articles, how does it Google. How many comments, and commenters, are
there for the Web site’s forum or blog posts. What are its Google and
Alexa ratings? What observed influence has it had on our industry.
Alexa rankings indicate how often a Web site's home page is hit by users. Lower values are better.
Sites that have very little traffic or are not mentioned by the gaming community in forums and such,
are ranked down.
Web site's 508 compliance.
This means checked with accessibility Web checkers
and passes with no failures that would deny reasonable accomodation.
It specifically means that the site does not use captcha without at least some
alternative means of foiling spammers.
Does it Work?
Do all of its parts work?
This means does it have broken links?
Is its storefront inoperative or do its free downloads not download?
Is the site itself down for a significant part of our year-end survey period?
Is the gaming community complaining about lousy service?
How long has the site been around.
This means when the Web site was founded.
Breadth vs Depth
Preference is given to breadth.
This means that, all else being equal,
Web sites that cover vision, motor,
and hearing impairments are ranked higher than sites that cover only one.
Exceptions to the above are put in our unranked Web Sites to Watch section.
Data is current as of May, 2016