Yep, I’m back again, this time with a site I was introduced to by @ianhamilton_ on twitter. audiogames.net. Before I go into the site however, let me give a little demonstration at just how ignorant and behind the times I can be.
This isn’t the first time I have come across audio games, oh no, in fact, I thought I was the person who had thought up the genre, all on my own, while sitting on the sofa watching discovery channel and eating a pizza, needless to say I wasn’t.
Anyway, along with the story. I was sat making great progress on the king of Pizzas, the Pepperoni, when into my brain comes a thought.
WhiteCaneGamer, my inner demon shouted,
I sat there in stunned silence, with a slice of pizza hanging out of my mouth, lifting my head slightly in acknowledgment of my demon. Anticipating the barrage of insults that were about to come my way.
“Great, now I’ve got your attention”
Barked my demon,
“I just wanted to tell you something, YOU SUCK at drawing, painting and anything to do with art.”
I rolled my eyes, as I normally do, when my inner demons decide it’s time to hammer on my confidence, criticize me or generally make me feel stupid or worthless.
“yes I know, I suck at art, what’s your point”
I muttered in reply, making sure not to attract the attention of my wife sitting next to me enjoying the TV.
“do you remember mentioning some time ago you wanted to make a game? , you want to make a game don’t you,”
“yes” I answered,
“well”, my demon proceeded, “you’re going to find it hard to make a video game if you suck at drawing and graphics”
This is where my inner genius rose up, taking a swing at my over confident and somewhat annoying demon. It sometimes does that, trying it’s best to defend me.
“Well then”, my genius bellowed, “we just wont have any graphics, we’ll make a completely audio based game, after all, the minds eye can draw better than any artist”.
Grinning stupidly at how clever I was, the pizza having fallen back into the pizza box at this point, I grasp the opportunity to boast to my wife and show her just how smart I was.
My lovely wife, at this point, as usual, teamed up with my smart ass demon, she explained to me that if I can think of it, the chances are someone else out there has already thought of it and I should check to see if there are any games out there, like the one I was describing.
I instantly hopped onto my computer and questioned the font of all knowledge, google, audio games, I typed, Google being Google, scoured the internet and spat out thousands of results faster than I could blink.
“So it turns out you’re not so clever after all”, my demon chuckled.
“It doesn’t matter!” I proclaimed,
I was just happy that such games existed and I had found a completely new genre of games for me to enjoy.
Me being me however, I went back to my Pizza and discovery channel and forgot all about it, until, I made my last blog post and received a reminder in the form a tweet.
Thanks to that tweet it has reinvigorated my interest in the genre. All being said and done, there isn’t a genre that could be any more accessible to the visually impaired, it is even more accessible than text based games. Not only are they accessible, everyone who plays the game, are on a level playing field. This almost perfectly matches my mandate for starting this blog. So in that sense, audio games are the gaming holy grail for blind and visually impaired gamer’s.
Over the coming weeks, I will be scouring this website and it’s accompanying forum to find games that catch my eye, so that I may take a closer look at them and possibly review them here on the blog.
In the mean time, if you’re interested in accessible gaming and feel the urge to try something a little different, I strongly suggest you take a look at this site, who knows, you might find your new favorite game.
Or, if you are already deep into the Audio Game scene and have some suggestions on games that I should take a look at, or a listen to, then please leave a comment below and let me know.