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Former GI intern Josh Straub has entered his website into the Intuit “Love Our Local Business” contest to help him raise awareness about accessibility in games for disabled players. You can help him out with a simple vote.
Here’s Josh’s pitch for why he thinks his website is worthy of the $5,000 at stake in the contest:
Have you ever bought something only to find out you can’t use it? Disabled people have limited entertainment choices. Video games offer an enjoyable escape, but it’s a gamble to buy a game when you don’t know if you can play it. At dagersystem.com, I rate the physical accessibility of games so that these gamers don’t waste money. Every week I write about my experiences with the most popular titles. It’s hard work. $5,000 would help pay freelance writers to increase the site’s content and help generate sponsors. DAGERS’s goal is to ensure that everyone can enjoy video games. Help DAGERS grow!
Josh is a great guy and a talented writer. Very little awareness about accessibility for disabled gamers is out there, and Josh’s voice is worth supporting. You can help his mission by throwing him a quick vote on the contest’s website, or by donating directly.
Vote submitted. Josh's work is a great contribution to our industry-if his website doesn't win, I sincerely hope it gets some more attention.
Voted as well. While I'm not a disabled gamer, I do appreciate fresh perspectives on the medium. I stumbled across Josh's blog yesterday in the user community and it's well written and informative. I could see it becoming a valuable resource to those looking to make smarter purchasing decisions regarding accessibility, so I'm hoping for the best!
Wow, these guys are doing something for the greater good. Awesome.
This website provides a wonderful service, I'll be voting for it once a day until the end of the contest. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, GIO!
Voted. Just lost a good friend who was a disabled gamer and veteran. Josh is doing a great service to not only the industry but also to those who are disabled whether it be from service or accident.
As a disabled gamer, you definitely have my vote!
I have a friend who is a disabled gamer and we played tons of racing games, he was a huge automobile fan preferably Chevy and we got into some funny fights cause I enjoyed ford, but I like this.
Most of the time when the industry talks about games being accessible,it has nothing to do with disabled people and more to do with just making the game way to simple. Hopefully this will change that.
Gave my vote gladly. Though I'm not a disabled gamer myself, I understand first-hand how seemingly simple tasks can actually be quite difficult for people with disabilities. My mother takes care of her own small stable of horses which she uses to teach thereputic riding to disabled children and I often assist as a side and lead walker.
It's amazing the sorts of activities that can help disabled people flourish and I'd gladly support any cause that seeks to marry accessibility with gaming.
Voted. Josh's work is awesome. The more recognition it gets, the better.
To think gamers spend more time whining about boxart than whether or not others can even partake in the hobby.
I applaud Mr. Straub for his genuine efforts to better the hobby and industry.
That's great, I'll gladly vote and donate
Voted. Proves that us gamers aren't a bunch of heartless bastards after all.
Site doesn't seem to work with my browser so will try on another. In the meantime, I posted on social media. Best of luck, Josh!
Vote submitted! Good luck to you sir. Honestly as a gamer with tourette syndrome, I have had a hard time playing certain games where it requires ridiculous precision to get past a point, such as the Call of Duty Modern Warfare sniping scene. I kept slightly twitching away at the controller and just missing the shot. Also, I can never get a perfect on guitar hero because I always get excited and have an eye tic thus missing a note. :( Good luck to you sir!
everyone planning to vote should bookmark it so they can vote everyday.