Our objectives with the Top Web Sites project are to:
- Provide useful information to the accessible gaming community
- Recognize contributions to accessible gaming
The criteria for ranking are available at the end of each individual list.
Some rankings may not precisely follow those criteria because some Web sites have
exceptional strengths or weaknesses.
Our expertise is in what we ourselves do. We build and market games that:
- Are single user games
- Run on Windows
- Are playable by adult and child gamers who are blind, vision impaired, color blind, motion impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing.
Therefore, we can reasonably rank only Web sites that relate to those areas.
In addition, we recognize though do not rank, Web sites that:
- Are Shout Outs from the accessible gaming community
- We personally think the coummunity would like to know about
Responding to considerable interest from the accessible gaming community,
these now include mention of:
- Web sites featuring mobile games
Here are our selections for 2016.
Many thanks to the folks in accessible gaming who helped us.
Any errors are strictly our own.
First, we must note the passing of two very influential people in this community:
Jim Kitchen and Thomas Ward.
They produced good games, helped a lot of people, and were hugely entertaining,
especially when discussing the best way to build games.
They will be missed.
Despite the loss, we are in a period when the blind gaming community is thriving.
There are a bunch of new blind-accessible games.
There are a bunch of new web sites for gamers who are blind.
There are lots of active forums for gamers who are blind or visually impaired.
And, though we don't rate them, we include some web sites for blind-accessible mobile games.
Special thanks to Dark for making us aware of new sites.
To learn about the top sites for gamers who are blind, click HERE.
Not a lot of web sites offer games specifically for gamers who are deaf.
However, there are a bunch of AAA games that are deaf and hard of hearing accessible.
And there is a healthy set of absolutely outstanding web sites offering
reviews of those AAA games where the reviews specifically address hearing accessibility.
There is also a growing number of web sites offering guidelines to developers
who want to make their games deaf-accessible.
And finally we've added three sites written by women.
There does not appear to be a single noteable site for gamers who are deaf to go to for community.
Specifically relevant forums have gone away or are not very active.
Probably the best place to go would be the Game Critics forum.
To learn about the top sites for gamers who are deaf, click HERE.
The world of accessible computer games is alive and well.
New accessible games: commercial and FREE, AAA and indie, are being made available.
There are some really good review sites.
There are developer guidelines for vision, audio, and motion accessible games.
There are effective advocates in the US and UK.
At last, women in games
have three strong review sites.
The nature of the accessible gaming community
appears to be changing.
The vision accessible gaming commmunity continues to have forums where folks can help each other.
However, gamers who want help for motion impairment issues may have to contact their advocacy organizations,
as motion specific forums seem to be gone.
Gamers who are deaf might also check gamecritics.com
Maybe some people are shifting to Facebook and similar social media.
: C'mon people!
Almost every site we tested failed to be 100% 508-compliant, including ours.
Partly that that appears to be due to more stringent scanning software.
But we all oughtta get our acts together on this.