Yeah, that's definitely a good point. Its not just the fact of the 40
hour work week, having a family life, but everything does take a
little more time just because of our disability in a lot of cases.
Here in the USA, for example, its generally assumed you can see to
drive a car. That means public transport services in and around the
USA aren't as good as they are over in Europe unless you go to New
York City or something like that. So for me catching a ride with
anyone other than my wife is pretty difficult. I either have to pay a
taxi service which means waiting up to 30 minutes for the taxi to show
up, or if I'm in a city like Canton or Cleveland making sure I'm at
the bus stop at the right time and place to get picked up on time.
Just in general travel alone I have to go out of my way to get
transport, to be somewhere on time, where someone sighted like my wife
can simply get in the car and drive straight there. I know when I
lived in Dayton Ohio I can clearly remember plenty of cases where it
took me an hour to get somewhere like the mall that would normally be
a 10 minute drive. So for us a lot of time is just simply waisted on
simple things like getting to and from the store on our own.
Then, there is general accessibility issues. Last year Microsoft
released Visual Studio 2010. I upgraded to it only to discover NVDA,
Window-Eyes, Jaws, you name it would not work with it at all. Totally
unaccessible. Finally, GW Micro released Window-Eyes 7.5 and a lot of
the access issues with Visual Studio have been fixed and I can at
least get access to the development studio software now. Things like
that really throws a big monkey rench into my life as a programmer as
I either have to spend extra time trying to figure out how to use this
mostly inaccessible piece of software, or sit around and wait until my
screen reader manufacturer comes out with a patch or upgrade which
makes it more accessible. Those kinds of things do effect how I create
games for sure.
On 4/12/11, dark <d...@xgam.org> wrote:
> 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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