There is then the fact that if the developer is blind himself, everything
takes considderably more energy.
while I fully appreciate what Tom is saying, this does not seem to be half
the case with indi developers of graphical games.
odbob, webmaster of the retroremakes site and game developer is quite able
to have a full time job, spend time with his wife, update the retroremakes
website and produce several games a year (admittedly often small arcade
games, but games none the less often with many enemies or modes of play).
What however is the difference? oddbob is not visually impared.
Odds are that his travel time doesn't leave him feeling half as bushed for
need to concentrate, nor does his job require him to put in as much effort
in listening to a screen reader, ---- heck even walking around an office of
pouring himself coffee.
This is a position I'm advocating in my thesis, that one of the chief (and
thus far unacknolidged), characteristics of a disability is not merely being
able to do or not do thing x, but the amount of extra time and effort it
takes to do a specific thing.
This is why I'd advocate any disabled person who wants to do anything
outside his/her work get a part time job, (certainly my brothers'
celicitor's work is, and I will myself when it becomes necessary), though
obviously for financial reasons this isn't always possible.
The truth is, plenty of people do! program games in their spare time and
have a full time job and family, ----- but not with a disability as well.
This is one of the chief differences I've noticed betwene audiogame
developers and developers of graphical independent games, that audiogame
devs tend to give up when they have full time jobs and other
responsabilities where as indi game devs don't, however audiogame devs are
usually visually imapred as well which would account nicely for this
This isn't intended as a cryticism only as an observation, and also possibly
a considderation for anyone who wants to actually try developing games
The normal five day week standard pluss free time is simply unreasonable
when someone has a disability as well, ---- and I will be arguing in my
thesis that the government should acknolidge this in distribution of
Beware the grue!
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