I'm just thinking about this as I type, so here goes, for what it's worth:

What we need, if it would make a difference to the major game manufacturers, is credence. Letters to these companies from current and or past developers of games specifically for the blind who can show, by backing up their claims with records if necessary if they are willing to include them in the letters, letting these companies know what is necessary to make games accessible to the blind gamer. We also need people to verify the size of the potential additional customer base expansion, and maybe these game companies will consider working on game modifications. These companies also need to know how important and how much fun and enjoyment some of the currently blind gamers got from their products when they could still see enough to play the games. And, thoughts from blind gamers who have never played these games due to a lack of eyesight, but who would like to, voiced in a clear and adult manner, with good grammar, punctuation, and spelling, showing the game manufacturers that we are not uneducated and that we know what we're talking about, wouldn't hurt, either.
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Thomas Ward" <thomasward1...@gmail.com>
To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2009 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] mainstream game accessibility


Hi Josh,
Sigh...Believe it or not we can't get everything we want simply by making demands, throwing adult temper tantrums, and acting like spoiled children. If we did that I can assure you that is exactly how they would view our immature behavior regarding this issue. First, of all you are completely ignoring the law. Are you aware that carrying out a campaign of bombarding their e-mails, phones, mail, etc can get you charged with harassment? If you make threats or make any kind of menacing comments to them you can be charged with menacing? Are you aware if you write a program with the intent to e-mail them daily, weekly, etc without there consent that is illegal? My point is if we are to make any progress with these companies at all we have to above all else act like responsible adults. Acting like a spoiled child who lost his game privileges and is tossing a temper tantrum isn't going to make them respect us any. If we want them to respect us we have to first respect them. Respect is earned not taken by force. If we don't act responcibly we could find ourselves in court being charged with something. As far as taking them to court I don't think you have any idea how much that would cost. Most of these companies have the financial fortitude to higher the best legal services in the country. A case like this could go as far as the supreme court because in a way it is a type of civil rights case. Cases involving disabilities or racial issues can drag out years in the courts both sides winning and losing battles until it reaches a level where someone can make a ruling that is binding. That costs more money than any of us realistically have.

Josh wrote:
Hi Thomas,

Ok then. why not send them mass emails until they get sick of us and take them to court over it and sue them. If we are an insect that can be swatted out of the way, then lets make ourselves look big, huge, gigantic! lets make a program that sends them emails and does automated calling to the companies once per week or once per month which reminds them we will not go away and we will not stand for their rudeness!

Josh

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