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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

Go deeper

A game review, with one less string attached

Screenshot: Marvelous/Grasshopper Manufacture

It’s unclear if the upcoming Nintendo Switch releaseNo More Heroes 3” is good or bad, but an outcry over its review embargo raised a red flag.

Driving the news: A restriction that would have blocked critics from reviewing the game until nine hours after it went on sale was altered last night in a reminder of how fraught the game-reviewing process tends to be.

24 mins ago - Technology

3D printing's next act: big metal objects

Chief Scientist Andy Bayramian makes modifications to the laser system on Seurat's 3D metal printer. Photo courtesy of Seurat Technologies.

A new metal 3D printing technology could revolutionize the way large industrial products like planes and cars are made, reducing the cost and carbon footprint of mass manufacturing.

Why it matters: 3D printing — also called additive manufacturing — has been used since the 1980s to make small plastic parts and prototypes. Metal printing is newer, and the challenge has been figuring out how to make things like large car parts faster and cheaper than traditional methods.

Rising rates may hammer the stock market

Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

Stocks are much more vulnerable to interest rate swings than they used to be.

Why it matters: A sharp rise in rates in early 2022 is the key reason the stock market is off to an ugly start. And with the Federal Reserve making noise about trying to keep inflation in check, rates could go higher.