Playing blind: Revealing the world of gamers with visual impairment

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Andrade, R
Rogerson, MJ
Waycott, J
Baker, S
Vetere, F
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2019
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Previous research on games for people with visual impairment (PVI) has focused on co-designing or evaluating specific games - mostly under controlled conditions. In this research, we follow a game-agnostic, "in-the-wild" approach, investigating the habits, opinions and concerns of PVI regarding digital games. To explore these issues, we conducted an online survey and follow-up interviews with gamers with VI (GVI). Dominant themes from our analysis include the particular appeal of digital games to GVI, the importance of social trajectories and histories of gameplay, the need to balance complexity and accessibility in both games targeted to PVI and mainstream games, opinions about the state of the gaming industry, and accessibility concerns around new and emerging technologies such as VR and AR. Our study gives voice to an underrepresented group in the gaming community. Understanding the practices, experiences and motivations of GVI provides a valuable foundation for informing development of more inclusive games.

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CHI '19: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

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© ACM, 2019. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in CHI '19: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ISBN: 978-1-4503-5970-2, https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300346

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Andrade, R; Rogerson, MJ; Waycott, J; Baker, S; Vetere, F, Playing blind: Revealing the world of gamers with visual impairment, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, 2019, pp. 116