Before I go any further, let me just state that any comments I make on this subject are purely for the sake of discussion... you're my friend and I have no desire to antagonize you by going against you. lol. The problem with judging distances, again, is that wind sound. You can't concretely judge how far it is from you by just listening for it.. unless you pinpoint the position of that sound in your headphones or speakers and memorize where it is. And in frantic fights, if you have enemies coming at you and your mind is bent on taking care of them first, you really don't have the option to stop and judge that sound while you're being pummelled.

The problem with judging distances like they do in mainstream games is that, a sighted person can look at that pit and see how wide it is, whether they need a running jump or not. In audio games, you don't have that. Unless the dev programs the look command to tell you how wide the pit is, you have to guess. So some people would prefer warning sounds so they at least have a source to go on. I personally don't care either way. I played mainstream games for long periods of time before I even knew of audio games, so it doesn't really matter to me. I can cope with either.

Target sounds for when enemies are in range is fair to me. Because why stand there mashing space until you hit something? Especially in this game, where the sound that is used to sound the attack is also the sound that signifies the hit. There is no difference between the two... unlike in mainstream games where you generally have a sound for the attack and a second sound for the hit, so if you miss an attack, that hit effect won't play. And fireballs are a different case from pits as you can stand still and wait for it to come to you... and there really is no appropriate time to duck. Soon as you hear a fireball, if you wanted you could just kill nearby enemies and stay crouched until the fireball passes by. Sounds for blades are not necessary as that would also remove challenge from the game since the whole point is to time your run past them. That's where sighted people and blind gamers have the same challenge. They have to observe the paterns at which the blades shoot out and retract. We have to do the same... with sound.

You asked how far do we take the dumbing down approach? This is exactly what so many hardcore fighting game fans had about Marvel VS. Capcom 3 and Street Fighter IV when they first came out... as a diehard fighting fan myself, I knew where the arguments came from. Less buttons in the case of MVC 3 as compared to MVC 2, supers and ultras in SF and the removal of the perry system from SF 3, x-factor for MVC... I could go on and on. This was all done to make the game more accessible for new players while still retaining depth in the games. A lot of people said that that kind of adjustment was dumbing the game down for the scrubs out there. Maybe they're right. Maybe they're wrong. I personally think they're wrong... because there's still a lot of deep fighting to be had in both games. That kind of attitude is exactly why so many people never get into fighting games... because the pros are so adverse to accessibility and the like. When you look at it.. the two situations are remarkably similar.

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