Thomas, you rule

On 2/9/11, Thomas Ward <thomasward1...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>
> As moderator and an interested party I've read almost everything
> written on the "frustrated with the blind gaming community" topic and
> it seams to me one of the biggest issues here is clear cut
> communication between those who are in the know and those who aren't.
> There are a lot of myths expressed by many of the VI gamers who don't
> have any experience with mainstream games. I'd say most if not all of
> the myths are based on ignorance of what the other side is trying to
> say.
>
> For example, let's take the term "vidio game." One person said that
> the word "vidio" meant that you had to  have sight to play these games
> because the word "vidio" is a visual term. This is not necessarily
> true.
>
> To start with obviously vidio games have graphics and animation.
> However, that isn't the beginning and ending of the game. There are
> sounds, music, etc that have become extremely realistic over the past
> ten to fifteen years or so. This means as things like 3d audio have
> advanced and games use wav files instead of beeps and so on it has
> made it more possible for us to listen carefully and play a number of
> games through sound. Nobody is saying this is easy, but that it is
> possible.
>
> The second issue is types of games. It is not really possible to pick
> up a first-person or third-person vidio game and begin playing it by
> sound because of complex level layouts, too many items to find/pick
> up, and over all it is just very very complex to manage without sight.
> Although, I have actually done it after an insane amount of practice.
> However, this doesn't mean there aren't vidio games we can't just pick
> up and play. There are wrestling games like Smackdown VS Raw that is
> fairly playable without sight. There are the music games like Guitar
> Hero and Rockband that can be played with some practice. There are
> fighting games like DC VS Mortal Kombat that are fairly accessible to
> play with some practice at it. There is a very good reason why the
> fighting genre of games in particular are fairly accessible to play by
> a blind individual.
>
> First, someone said, "it isn't very strategic to keep punching when
> the enemy is on the ground." That wouldn't happen for one very good
> reason. In a fighting game you can hear the enemy fall and hit the
> ground. If you know what that sounds like you aren't going to stand
> there mindlessly kicking and punching thin air. You'll know they are
> on the ground by the sound he/she makes when they fall. Okay?
>
> The second issue is someone said, "if you have already been punched
> you can't block it." Again this indicates ignorence of how advanced
> these fighting games are. There are actually two attack sounds. There
> is the sound of the punch, kick, whatever coming and there is the
> sound of it connecting with your body. If you are paying attention,
> listening carefully, you can hear the attack coming and either attempt
> to dodge it or block it in some way.  In this way even though you
> can't physically see the attack coming on screen there is plenty of
> audio queues to give you advanced warning of what is happening.
>
>
> Basically, what I'm saying is the main reason guys like Yohandy are
> into playing these fighting games is it can be done, and there is
> plenty of audio queues and sounds to make it more than possible to do
> totally blind. It is cases like this were vidio has nothing to do with
> weather or not you can play it because the audio really is fairly
> equal to what is happening on screen.
>
> Finally, there is the issue of menus and things like that. Yeah, this
> is something of a hastle. It takes a bit of memorization, but there
> are work arounds. One way is simply to take a sheet of braille paper,
> put it in your brailler, and type up a list of what every menu item is
> for this or that game. Sure it isn't as straight forward as a talking
> menu, but it is an easy work around for a problem.
>
> One way I look at this is to look at it this way. How many times have
> you gone to a regular store like K-Mart, Wal-Mart, etc and purchased a
> standard board game like Monopoly or picked up a deck of playing
> cards, taken it home, and brailled up the game. I've done it many many
> times. I never purchase games through Independant Living aids, because
> I can do exactly the same thing for a fraction of the cost with a
> braille writer and a roll of dimo tape in most cases.
>
> This is what I mean by there are work arounds. All of us are blind
> living in a sighted world. Most of us by now have figured out if we
> want to do something bad enough it can be done. I'm not saying playing
> mainstream games like Street Fighter, DC VS Mortal Kombat, etc is for
> everybody. No, I know it is not. However, for those who are a bit
> curious, perhaps interested at looking at it, you should give it a
> try. For those who aren't interested, but constantly make uneducated
> comments like, "I don't want to stand there punching at air while the
> enemy is on the ground," please stop. All you are doing is muddying
> the water with your uneducated point of view. To make it clear "if you
> don't have anything constructive to say don't say it at all."
>
> Thanks.
>
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