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I Want My Computer Games!

Sharon K. Nichols, Assistive Technology Consultant, TSBVI Outreach

Abstract: This article describes educational and entertainment computer games available for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Key Words: Blind, visually impaired, computer games, accessible games, educational games, resources.

How many times have you heard your child or student ask for computer games which are accessible? Did you know that they do in fact exist? Or are you still struggling to view playing computer games as a viable learning experience? While I might agree that students might benefit from more educationally sound games, accessible computer games offer a "fun" way to learn computer skills. It is also important to remember that games may require the player to apply, and therefore develop, such skills as information and resource management; strategic planning; and thinking skills.

You are not alone in your concern about computer games, but that has not stopped computer gaming from becoming a multi-billion dollar industry. According to "Off to college to major in ... video games?", an article in the Christian Science Monitor, "video games seem to be gaining academic stature". The article goes on to state that, "A few big-name universities are toying with the serious side of video games. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University offer curricula on video-game criticism, games as educational tools, and game design." For more of the article, go to <http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0829/p01s04-ussc.html>.

But I digress. There is still the question of your student or child who is visually impaired having access to quality, accessible games. I will take this opportunity to familiarize you will the wealth of choices available for accessible games. The games are listed in alphabetical order, with no preference or ranking. Please read the accompanying web pages for game information and pricing.

I hope this information is useful, and don't forget Christmas is coming!

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