Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nintendo Wii

I was recently thinking about how close Nintendo have come to making computer games accessable to those of us who currently find it difficult to find accessable games that keep our interest. Meaning - of course - those of us with vision problems. What prompted my musings on this subject was the Nintendo Wii (hence the title of this blog post).

I'm not sure how things technically work, but the Wii mimics your actions when you hold the special controler, allowing you to interact with the game. There's a certain amount of button pushing involved, but most of this is for menu navigation. And that's where the accessability for the blind becomes an issue. Not because of the buttons, but because of the menus. It's easy to remember which button is which - it has to be done for keyboards and TV remotes - and if you can't remember then there's always the option of bumpons or some sort of braille label. But the menus are the issue. Obviously, to navigate the menus and know what you have highlighted you need to be able to read the text.

But I know what they need to do to stop this being an issue... They need to develope some sort of in-game screen reader. Sort of like a game console version of my Jaws programme (though, cheaper would be preferable). Nothing fancy. Just something that reads out what you've highlighted on the menu. Sort of like how some racing games will speak the "3, 2, 1, Go!" thing when it comes up on the screen.

So, now all we need to do is find out how you go about getting in touch with Nintendo (or even some other computer manufacturer) so we can tell them what it is they need to do for their next games console. Like I said, Nintendo are half way there with the Wii.



Intense Guy said...

It took some digging around but I found Nintendo's consumer email-form. They seem to have an aversion to publishing their corporate offices and addresses.

If you do up a form letter that folks can modify, maybe they'll help out and send in suggestions too. :)

The Wife O Riley said...

There has got to be some games out there that will tell you when you hit the menu bar. Just like when the character is talking and they put the words on the bottom of the screen. I'm going through my Wii games to see if I find one.

I say we send letters.

Deanna said...

If you draft a letter, I'll gladly send one. I think it is a great idea!

AliceKay said...

Yes, it's a great idea. I'm game on sending out a letter, too.

Wendyburd1 said...

That IS a good idea.

MarmiteToasty said...

Iggy, what a wonderful source of information you are......

Tori kick Wii's arse lol


jewelzmomof4 said...

very cool idea you should tell them your idea after all blind people like games to.

jewelzmomof4 said...

very cool idea you should tell them your idea after all blind people like games to.

Tori_z said...

Thanks... Will take a look at that after.

Let me know if you have any luck. :)

Everyone else:
Will have to see about doing that... Maybe if we all send letters then in a year or so we could hear about a new and improved VI accessable nintendo. ;)