Hi, Salador here, two weeks in a row. And for this week's 'ism', I've been inspired by a metaphor in this week's blog from Dwavenhobble. In it, he compares gaming to 'a giant house with rooms for everyone to find something they like or multiple things they like'. And I found myself asking: Does everyone have a room in gaming? Who doesn't have access to gaming?
And one group sadly excluded from gaming is the disabled. While obviously some disabilities will make it nearly impossible for some to enjoy gaming, charities like SpecialEffect have developed amazing software which allows quadriplegics to play video games - it can be done, as evidenced by the great work already done by charities. And the competitive history of Brolylegs (someone please sponsor this guy, he deserves it) shows that disabled gamers can, if given the opportunity, compete with the best of them.
Right now anyone without two fully-functioning hands is essentially fighting an uphill battle to even use a controller, and even colorblind gamers can face problems, problems which don't even need hardware solutions to be solved. Quite frankly, more could and should have been done to help disabled gamers enjoy gaming like the rest of us and it's to the industry's collective shame that companies are only now taking the issue seriously. Microsoft's adaptive controller is a huge step in the right direction and a gamechanger, and it's great to see manufacturers who previously left the task of providing for disabled gamers to non-profit organisations. But it's closer in cost to the Xbox Elite controller than the average controller, and so far there's been little done by other major companies. But the future certainly looks better than the past.
Anyway, this is my second week in a row, and while I'm enjoying doing these, the C-Blog recap team needs some new members to replace the ones we've lost in recent weeks. While I understand not everyone can commit to something like this, recapping the blogs you all write is genuinely enjoyable so if it's something you might be interested in, leave a comment below.
Lord Spencer's Where the Hell series looks at Phantasy Star. I really love this series - Spencer details the history of the franchise before going into why the series disappeared, why it should return and how.
Xeo compares Destiny to a selfish girlfriend. It's a fitting analogy and we all know what it's like when a game gets its hooks in you. It's interesting for an outsider to see why the fanbase is still invested in a game that is seemingly mired in a new controversy every week.
A- DXmagma provides a detailed rundown on Spidey's different costumes in his new game (that I'm definitely not bitter about not getting to play) and their comic book origins. I have to admit the level of research and detail in this blog is impressive.
C- Dwavenhobble blogs about what he perceives as a politically-motivated group using emotive language to exclude gamers they disagree with. I don't fully buy the narrative, especially the idea that everyone has their own room in the house of gaming, but the context makes his last blog make sense and explains his approach to blogging.
S- Bass teaches us more about Magic the Gathering. This time, he focuses on deckbuilding and draft formats, something players who follow the metagame might be missing out on. Not a MTG player myself, but this was still worth a read.
V- Is drag gaming a thing? If it isn't, it should definitely be a thing. The Baked Potato promotes a Let's Play channel he's a fan of. I checked them out and while I'm not huge on Let's Plays, I found it entertaining.