How to help Blindfold Games

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People often ask me how they can help with the Blindfold Games series.

You can help in two ways.  If you are visually impaired, send me your ideas for an audio game, and we can collaborate on building that game.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to figure out how to make an audio equivalent of a game that I am used to playing visually.  But, by talking regularly with several blind gamers, we’ve been able to find fun solutions that made many of the Blindfold Games more realistic and exciting.

More importantly, spread the word about these games to other people in the blindness community.  There are dozens of forums on Facebook, twitter and elsewhere that talk about accessibility and technology.  If you like one of Blindfold games, mention it on the forums that you visit.  And do it frequently.  The more times you mention something, the more likely that other members will try it out.

Most of the people who find our games are members of AppleVis.  But there are thousands of people across the country who don’t know about AppleVis or any of the iPhone games that are very accessible, or are audio games like ours.

In every medium or large city, there are several local organizations that provide services and community  to visually impaired people, and it’s hard for me to reach them all.  If you are a member of one of these groups, tell your colleagues about the games you like.  And contact me about any efforts you are making to spread the word.

If you play a blind-friendly sport, such as Beep Baseball, contact me and we can talk about building a game that matches your sport.

Thanks for your efforts and continuing support.

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2 comments on “How to help Blindfold Games

  1. First, I would like to tell you I appreciate the work that you do. My friend introduced me to blindfold bowling, and from there I discovered a few of your other games that I really enjoy. Spades was definitely one of them, as well as blindfold Hopper.
    Have been playing dominoes, and noticed that right now anyway, you don’t have the traditional five point Domino’s not sure what it is actually called, but I think you may know what I’m talking about. Essentially, you place tiles down and if the ends equal a multiple of five you gain that number of points. And these points go into building a “house”. The first player to build 4 or 5, or any number of houses wins. Another game is Capi. I am not very familiar with how to play that one, but I know it is fairly popular.
    Some other suggestions could be blindfold minesweeper, blindfold Romy, and blindfold casino.
    Casino the card game I mean.
    Thanks again for all the work that you do. I look forward to hopefully seeing some of these ideas in the future.

    • That game is called muggins and its in the latest version. There is already an accessible mine sweeper – check AppleVis for details. I will look into the other games.

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