Jul 13, 2021 - Economy

Reviews may not always help gamers with disabilities

Illustration of the handicap icon with the stick figure holding a gaming controller. 

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Reviews can help people decide which games to buy, but for some gamers with disabilities crucial questions about accessibility are not being answered by writers.

Why it matters: Whether or not a game includes options like alternative control schemes or color-coded systems can be a key factor in some people's abilities to play a game.

  • In response to a Twitter poll asking if people based game purchasing choices on website reviews, AbleGamers COO Steven Spohn said he does not, because "95% of reviews don't list accessibility to help me decide."

What they're saying: Accessibility advocate Steve Saylor echoed Spohn's sentiments.

  • "This is something I hope to see change (and participate in) on sites like IGN, Gamespot, Polygon, etc.," he tweeted.
  • "The more we talk about accessibility and include it as part of reviews, the more this will encourage studios to include accessibility as part of the design process."

Go deeper: More developers than ever are making accessible games

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