hmmm where did you go to get the consoles etc.
How would you upload to the cartrages.
The console looks to be a little limiting but if you can make music files on the console and can somehow have them extract to mods or something or whatever its in and play it on a standard media player like winamp I know there are people that would like to program music for it. Its a bit small though we really need to make something which will do a bit more than play simple arcade stuff.
At 07:50 a.m. 16/02/2011, you wrote:
Let me answer some of the questions raised here about the console system I'd proposed earlier. First off, the games that would be available (initially) are the demo games that come with the system, modified of course to be compatible and playable by the blind user. There's a list of them, and I've not looked recently, so don't remember what they all are, but based on their sources, it doesn't look too terribly difficult to add audio cueues to the games to make them at least mostly accessible. As to the question about programming, the console's cartridges are programmed in either a form of assembly, or a basic-like language, both of which are used liberally in the demos that come with the system, as well as an entire programming book, in ascii form on the cd that ships with the development system, so it's all accessible. The games themselves will need to be written to the cartridges before distribution, and the cartridges can be given the ability to allow writing by the console (for saved games and the like) Understand, these games are not going to be up to the quality and standards everyone is used to on the pc, it's an 8-bit (or 16-bit) processor, and can multitask, but these capabilities aren't state-of-the-art (it uses a tv for output for god's sake). The basic consoles as sold to end users will have all the capabilities of the developer ones, only they won't have blank cartridges, or the programming languages, or the manuals describing the hardware and/or software used for programming. The cartridges are rather small by today's standards (128K is the default one, though I think there's a larger one available which has 512K of memory on it) This would be truly a console system, and all limitations thereof, this is not a pc, with gigibytes of ram, and terrabytes of storage. On the other hand, it is cheaper than a pc ($200 for the entire system) and it would allow a lot of visually impaired folks to experience the thrill of having their own console system that needs no visual assistance, though the games would be playable by sighted folks as well, since that's where it's being targeted for now anyway. I've personally not (yet) seen one of these systems, but I'm told they're aproximately the size of a playstation 2 (the early models, not the compact versions that came out later) After having gone over the source code that comes with the demos, and read the manuals for the programming languages (both assembly and basic-like languages) it looks to me like it is perfectly adaptable to our usage. I just wasn't sure there would be a call for such a console device in the current blindness community. I honestly have no problem with anyone who decides this is too limiting, and says no deal, that's fine, that's why I asked first. I was probably going to get one anyhow, because my 9-year-old son would absolutely love to have uch a gaming console, one that we can program ourselves. I have no doubt he'll get his 200 bucks worth of enjoyment out of it. If folks on list think this is worth persuing, then I'll definitely look into what it would take to do the job. If it isn't, then I'll just leave it alone until my son and I get around to working on it for our own use. Me personally, I'd love to have a console game system of my own that I know I can play, even if it doesn't have the latest and greatest hardware/software/sound built-in to it, just because I had fun with our atari 2600 system, and I think allowing others to experience similar joy would be well worth the time and energy to implement it, but that could be just me.


Anyway, thee it is, nothing special, just something to have a lot of fun with, so again, if anyone thinks it's worth persuing, let me know, and I'll consider it as a whole when sufficient replies have come in. :) Hope this sparks some discussion, I'd be interested in the plus/minus debates that arrise from it.


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