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Video: Lessons learned from designing games for disabled players

Expert Ian Hamilton spoke about the topic at GDC 2014 earlier this year, sharing sucess storie and lessons learned from when developing accessible games for disabled players hasn't gone well.
Games can be hard for disabled players to enjoy, but things are changing for the better. In recent years, accessibility has exploded for the more than 20 percent of game enthusiasts with disabilities alongside the establishment of new design patterns for disabled players, rising awareness of the issue and a and broader customer base for developers who make accessible games. But we're not perfect, and there are some common pitfalls in developing games for disabled players that all game makers should understand. Expert Ian Hamilton spoke about the topic at GDC 2014 earlier this year, sharing lessons learned from when accessible game development hasn't gone well, and examples of success stories - both human benefit stories and examples of business cases. The talk goes beyond basics to give some real insight into how and why to broaden your game's audience to include gamers with disabilities. The free video (embedded above) of 'Accessibility: Lessons Learned from Designing for Gamers with Disabilities' is now available to watch here on the GDC Vault.

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