The lights are on
DAGERS founder (and former Game Informer intern) Josh Straub is on a mission to raise game-accessibility awareness. And what better venue is there than a commercial spot during the Super Bowl broadcast? Straub has enlisted the help of a StarCraft II voice actor for his cause, and he can use your help as well.
Intuit is holding a Small Business Big Game contest, in which small-business owners explain what they do in 90-second video clips. The ultimate prize is a 30-second ad to be broadcast during Super Bowl XLVIII. Straub found a clever workaround for his speech impediment, which is the result of cerebral palsy – he contacted Robert Clotworthy, the voice of StarCraft's Jim Raynor, to provide narration. You can watch the video below to learn more about Straub and his organization, as well as a bit more about why accessibility matters.
If you like what Josh is doing, visit his contest page and give him a vote. The top 20 entries (as decided by voters) will move on to the next round.
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He has my vote.
I absolutely love Josh for doing this! He'll definitely get my vote.
I got your back JOSH!!! GO GET EM!!!
I really appreciate the message you're trying to get across Josh, both with this contest entry and DAGERS in general. I just voted for you and will try to spread some awareness for your cause. :)
Vote for Josh!
Josh is the man
This is awesome Josh! Great work!
Hell, I used to live in Plymouth. I hope he's not in those craptacular apartments I was stuck in. Given the rampant failure of the elevators and the unnecessary urine odor, I don't think they were very "disabled friendly." I gave him a vote, and when I'm on my actual home computer, will look deeper into it and probably be able to vote it again.
Accessibility was something we didn't initially consider in the first game my team made, until a little later on. Since it can be played with a single finger, the only problem we had was potentially ruining it for color blind individuals. So I scrapped a bunch of graphics and worked on making new ones that can be seen by, essentially, anyone.
In a match-three puzzle game, the last thing you want is for your player to end up with a screen filled with blocks of slightly different shades of gray.
He stole the show, no doubt about it.
i've always thought that losing an hand or eye sight would be the worst cause than i would not longer get to enjoy video games....I have too much time
This is awesome! I just voted for you Josh. Good luck!