Video Game Accessibility Resources

New Media Manitoba encourages all video game developers and designers to make their games more accessible to the deaf or hard of hearing, blind or with low eyesight, or with cognitive or physical disabilities.

While it can be a challenging part of production, there are vast amounts of resources to help make small, incremental additions that in turn make a big impact in a disabled players experience with your game.

Please see the resources below and if you have anything relevant to to add, please contact us.

Developer Resources

The following resources are various developer resources for those who wish to make their projects more accessible.

Accessible Games: Provides standards from the AbleGamers Foundation for making games accessible to people with visual, physical, auditory, and cognitive disabilities.

Game Accessibility Guidelines: Offers examples and advice on how to structure video games for people with disabilities. Developed by gaming studios and academics.

GDC Talks on Accessibility

Level Access: Offers a free white paper, webinar, and other information on creating accessible video games, in partnership with AbleGamers.

Get APX Certified: Become a Certified APX Practitioner (CAPXP) and master player-centric accessible design.

Dev Toolkit: The ‘SpecialEffect DevKit’ is a new resource, created by SpecialEffect, for game developers who are looking to improve the motor accessibility of their game for players.

Controllers/Adaptable Equipment

The following resources are various equipment & controller resources for those who may want recommendation or require the equipment.

AbleGamers: Modifies and adapts controllers for gamers with disabilities and raises awareness of the importance of accessibility within the gaming community. Publishes articles on trends in accessible gaming and presents at gaming conferences. A nonprofit organization that does not charges for its services.

The Controller Project: Modifies game controllers to fit the unique needs of people with physical disabilities. [Needs to expand]

Makers Making Change: [Needs description]

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AudioGames.net: Provides standards from the AbleGamers Foundation for making games accessible to people with visual, physical, auditory, and cognitive disabilities.

Blind Gamers: Shares nearly forty games for people with visual disabilities, developed by a retired Australian computer programmer who’s been creating accessible games since 2004.

Disabled Gamers: Offers help with controls, mechanics, or just general discussion for gamers with disabilities.

GMA Games: Designs and sells Windows-based computer gamers for people with visual disabilities. Offers some games for free.

Help Kidz Learn: Lists games for people with mobility and learning disabilities, including games specifically for use with the EyeGaze adaptive technology.

Special Effect – Eyemine: EyeMine is a free eye-control optimized software that enables Minecraft to be played without a keyboard or a mouse.

Can I Play That?: CIPT has grown from a hobby site to a destination for players and developers alike that provides all forms of accessibility information on video games and the industry.

5 Games for blind and visually impaired players

5 Games for deaf and hard of hearing players

Available on Steam:

Visually Impaired Players

Hard of Hearing Players

Products and Games Reviews

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Ability Powered: Features product reviews, articles, videos, and links to other resources for people with an interest in accessible gaming. Posts accessibility reviews of games before they are released to the public.

BrandonCole.net: Reviews the accessibility of games for people with visual disabilities. Offers sound demonstrations of games and links to gaming resources for people with disabilities.

D.A.G.E.R. System: Reviews video games and game controllers using a four-tier rating system to rank the accessibility of video games; barrier free being the highest. Annually honors one game with the Diamond Award for most accessible.

Disabled Game Reviews: Reviews games for their accessibility.

Game Accessibility: Reviews the accessibility of new video and computer games for users with specific disabilities. Informs game developers about the importance of making their games accessible.

Gaming Controllers for You: Reviews gaming controllers for a variety of users, including controllers adapted for people with disabilities. Also reviews switches that can be applied to controllers to give people with disabilities greater access.

Geeky Gimp: Reviews games and game controllers for their accessibility. Published by a woman with muscular dystrophy.

Illegally Sighted: Reviews video games on YouTube for people with visual impairments. Provides hardware reviews, tutorials on how to use assistive technology, and product demos.

PCS Games: Lists and reviews iOS, PC, and online games for people with visual impairments.

7-128 Software: Reviews and rates the accessibility of games for people with visual disabilities and mobility impairments.

SightlessKombat: Reviews the accessibility of video games for people with visual disabilities as part of a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.