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VI Gamesites

  • ABC's "Main Menu" Radio Show
    "Main Menu" is ACB Radio's regular look at technology from a blindness perspective. A lot of streamable audio reviews of audio games and blind-accessible games can be found here.
  • Audio Juegos
    Spanish audio games website by Javier Mairena.
  • BlindCoolTech.com
    This website offers podcasts and audio-reviews of various blind-accessible games.
  • BlindSpiele.at
    This german-language website has a big list of links to blind-accessible games.
  • David Renström's Accessible Game Database
    This is a very nice database of accessible games. Also available in the Swedish langauge.
  • Dee's List of Accessible Games
    Another list with blind-accessible games.
  • Darren Duff's list of Audyssey Magazine Issues
    Audyssey Magazine is the oldest gaming magazine for people interested in VI accessible games. You will find news, reviews, tips,and discussion of games.
  • Interactive Fiction Archive
    The contents of the IF Archive including thousands of text adventures, text adventure development tools, articles, essays, hint files, walkthroughs, jokes, and sly references to Greek politics, which are all contributed by the interactive fiction community, past and present.
  • Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks Project
    Remember back when Dungeons and Dragons was popular? Remember those pen and paper roleplay games with a couple of
  • Phil Vlasak's Accessible Games Developers List
    Phil Vlasak of PCS Games maintains a very up-to-date list of blind-accessible game developers and their games.
  • Play Infocom Adventures Online
    This website makes it possible to play many old Infocom adventures such as Zork and The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy online for free.
  • Sebo's Link Headquarters
    This german-language website has a big list of links to blind-accessible games, as well as a list of downloadable games (some of which are quite unknown).
  • TAFN's Accessible Games List
    This website is part of The Accessible Friends Network, a U K-wide voluntary group set up to improve the quality of life by and for blind & partially sighted people, via the internet & voice conferencing.
  • Whitestick
    Whitestick is a VI information website which features two large lists of links to online and offline games for the blind.
  • ZoneBBS
    ZoneBBS is a website that offers a variety of online (text-based) games such as Anagrama Mania. Playing games costs points (you recieve an initial 500 points) but by playing the online games you can also recieve points.There's also an accessible games message board and a file area where you can download older (audio)games and DOS-games like Othello, among other things. Definitely worth a visit!

Audio Game Developer Tools

  • AGDev.org
    This is the official website of the Accessible Games Developers' community. AGDev has been set up with the main goal of providing a way to truly advance the state of accessible gaming. The community has given rise to some amazing new opportunities for it's gamers, but there's still a lot more that could be done. AGDev has been set up to help developers work together, to help and support each other. The website is maintained by the folks from AGRIP, by the way!
  • Audio Adventure Engine
    This engine is currently being developed by Robison Bryan. With it you will be able to create Audio Enhanced Text Adventures, with the option to include still picture illustrations (like comic books), as well as the option to create Real-Time 3Dl Action scenes. Still-pictures will have text descriptions for the Visually Impaired and Audio Captioning will be provided for the hearing impaired as well. The complete gaming system is made of a Language, an Engine, a Wizard and an Explorer/Editor.
  • BSC Programming Resource Center
    The BSC Games Programming Resource Center is an outreach of BSC Games to the blind and visually impaired community. It's outreach is to help college/university students majoring in any type of computer programming degree learn how to program games using Microsoft DirectX technologies. This includes several audio programming tutorials.
  • Game Creation Resources
    This is a huge list of various video game development tools, engines and more. Various can be used to create accessible games.
  • Interactive Fiction Programming Archive
    This archive contains a lot of used and unused Interactive Fiction (textadventure) authoring toolkits.
  • RPG Game Engine and Map Maker
    This is an accessible RPG Game Engine which enables visually impaired gamers to make their own Role Playing Games. It includes a Map Maker as well!
  • TiM (co-developed by SITREC)
    TiM stands for Tactile Interactive Multimedia. TiM is a Research Project funded by the European Commission within the "Information Society Technology" (IST) Program. The overall aim of the TiM project is to provide young visually impaired children, with or without additional disabilities, with multimedia computer games they can access independently, that is without the assistance of a sighted person. TiM is, among other things, a toolkit with which one can build blind-accessible games.
  • TDL Software
    TDLSoftware concentrates on delivering software that can be used by blind and visually impaired people alike. The first line of products (two libraries for your game development needs) is especially aimed at audio game developers.

Audio Gaming and VI Gaming Newsgroups

Game Accessibility

  • Game Accessibility Project
    This is the resource & community website of the Game Accessibility project with lots of resources on accessible gaming for gamers, developers and academics.
  • International Game Developers Association: Accessibility
    This link will open a specific section of the IGDA website that deals with game accessibility. This is very interesting due to the blind-accessible nature of audio games.
  • DeafGamers.com
    This site offers game reviews from the point of view of deaf gamers.
  • LevelGames.net
    A website focusing on switch games designed to be widely accessible for players who have Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Injury, Head Injury or other physical disabilities.
  • One Switch
    The number one resource on the Internet for Single Switch games, for and by moderate to severely learning/physically disabled people.

Other Links

  • AudioGang
    The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) community supports and enhances the potential of interactive audio.
  • Captivatingsound.com
    (Game) Audio resources, also some references for audio game design.
  • Disquiet
    A small part of the Disquiet website focuses on "audio games". These are mostly visual games in which an extra soundlayer is controlled by the visual gameplay. This soundlayer can either add to the fun of the game or be a unique goal. Although not completely in line with our vision of audio games the link is well worth a visit.
  • Gamasutra.com
    Gamasutra.com is the online portal of the Gama Network, the only organisation exclusively serving developers of electronic games. This is where game developement professionals from around the world turn for ideas and insight when creating the next generation of interactive entertainment.
  • Game Audio Design.com
    A community website for game audio designers and researchers of game audio.
  • Game Research
    This site attempts to bring together the art, science and business of computer games. It gives an overview of research, news and development in the computer games area. It features articles,papers, links and other resources.
  • Game Studies
    Game Studies is a crossdisciplinary journal dedicated to games research. The primary focus is aesthetic, cultural and communicative aspects of computer games. Their mission is to explore the rich cultural genre of games, to give scholars a peer-reviewed forum for their ideas and theories and to provide an academic channel for the ongoing discussions on games and gaming.
  • Grigori Evreinov’s Home Page
    Grigori Evreinov is a researcher in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Tampere. This page provides an incredible amount of links to various subject within the field of sound & technology. Also have a look at his pages about assistive technologies, alternative interaction and tactile and haptic input.
  • Interactive Audio Special Interest Group
    The Interactive Audio Special Interest Group (IA-SIG) exists to allow developers of audio software, hardware, and content to freely exchange ideas about interactive audio. The goal of the group is to improve the performance of interactive applications by influencing hardware and software design, as well as leveraging the combined skills of the audio community to make better tools.
  • International Community for Auditory Display
    ICAD is a forum for presenting research on the use of sound to display data, monitor systems, and provide enhanced user interfaces for computers and virtual reality systems. It is unique in its singular focus on auditory displays and the array of perception, technology, and application areas that this encompasses.
  • Party games for the blind
    This site offers a few innocent non-computer based party games which don't require vision. No drinking!
  • Pretty Ugly Gamesound Study (PUGS)
    Website featuring Youtube videos with examples of good or bad game sound or music.
  • SoundToys
    Soundtoys.net is an online space for the exhibition of exciting new works by a growing community of audio visual artists, while also providing a forum for discourse around new technologies and the nature of soundtoys.
  • Video Game Audio
    Audio prototyping and synthesis by Leonard Paul.

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