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Disabled Gamers Award Star Wars: The Old Republic “Game of the Year” Honors

Posted by on January 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Despite Nick’s hate of SWTOR and Keith’s hate for MMO’s in general (and the fact that they both obviously suffer from some form of mental disability for the fact that they don’t LOVE this game), the disabled gaming community has given it a huge honor by awarding it with their game of the year title, stating:

Every year there are two or three highly anticipated games released with massive hype and record-setting expectations. Most times these games fall completely flat when it comes to game accessibility, but this year one game set itself apart by including a fair amount of accessibility at launch while still meeting the public’s expectations for an amazing game.

The folks over at AbleGamers run a community where disabled gamers can go and not only read about new and upcoming games but also about how those games will fare in the hands of those with disabilities. They do reviews, editorials and information about the gaming world, from that perspective, as well.

This is what they had to say about SWTOR:

This game performed strongly against most of our accessibility tests while still maintaining a fun environment for those who enjoy solo or group play. Perhaps one of the most unintentionally accessibility features turned out to be the addition of companions. These NPC characters which accompany the player through most of the game provide support to those who need it without forcing them to request help from other players. Companions are an integral part of the crafting game as all crafting and some resource gathering is actually done by the companions themselves allowing those who wish to be more social and less lethal to still participate in this cutting into game.

They also gave a nod to the development team for including so many accessibility options while facing tight deadlines but did request a few options for the future such as click to move, close captioning and the ability to scale UI text for those with sight problems but praise BioWare for hitting the mark on so many key features.

So, to the folks at BioWare and to disabled and challenged gamers, the world around, we at FEZ tip our hats to you!

Keep on gaming!

Source : Ablegamers.com

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