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Give the community team your thoughts on gaming through this short survey

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Ross_Alumni
Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
edited October 2021 in Coffee lounge

Survey on gaming

Hello all :) 

Video gaming has become a much more prominent hobby for disabled people in recent years, advances in technology and the level of attention paid to making games more accessible being just a couple of the reasons why. There's never really been a better time to get involved in gaming.
We want to gather your thoughts and experiences of playing games through a short survey, which should only take a few minutes of your time to complete.
It is completely anonymous, and your feedback will be used to shape any future activities or content we feature on the community going forward, so it's important to have your say.

The link to the survey is here:
Click here to be taken to the survey.

Big thanks to @Globster for helping us put this together.

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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,984 Disability Gamechanger
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  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
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    Brilliant @66Mustang, thank you!
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  • Garza
    Garza Community member Posts: 149 Pioneering
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    done, great survery
  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
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    Garza said:
    done, great survery
    Awesome, thank you!
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  • Dragonslayer
    Dragonslayer Community member Posts: 2,165 Pioneering
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  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
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    Done. Thanks.
    Super, thank you!
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  • vasonkul
    vasonkul Scope Member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Done

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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thanks @vasonkul :) 

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  • NickDev
    NickDev Community member Posts: 21 Listener
    edited July 2021
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    I did not take the survey cause I'm on the "other end" as a game developer. However I would like to suggest something of a communication channel between developers and disabled users of all kinds. A developer must get a chance to understand how and what the needs are before it can be implemented in games. So it would be good if the developers had somewhere to present test versions of games for people to try out and comment. This part is quite difficult. It's difficult to mail or call people when you don't know who to ask, it could be perceived as spam. Where do you go to find users that are interested in the technique and want to give feedback? It took me some time to find this forum, and for me it's probably a bit easier cause I also have a background in psychology. Let's say if you had a channel on this forum where game developers could present their games, you probably would drown in some bad and not relevant game presentations. On the other hand there would certainly among them be games that could be useful.
    Solution: I don't know. Perhaps a form where the developers could list things that you as community users know are important aspects.
    I could also recommend a pinned post on Unity Forum, subforum "General Discussion" the post is called "Accessibility and inclusion". The post is perhaps most about accessibility for disabled developers but you could join the discussion or start another post from user perspective.
    Unity is a game engine and have lots of developers using it. Myself one of them.  I would very much like to ask if there are some people here that would like to try a game I've been working on. Specifically I'm interested in how it would work out for people with impaired motor functions, since it is sound controlled, without need to use buttons.
  • Joshua1959
    Joshua1959 Community member Posts: 11 Connected
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    Done,i play games every morning.
  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @NickDev

    Thanks for your comment, that's certainly a good suggestion and we will take your feedback on board. If you would like to advertise for people to test the game you have been working on, feel free to send us an email to community@scope.org.uk and we can look into arranging a post.

    Thanks for filling out the survey @Joshua1959

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  • NickDev
    NickDev Community member Posts: 21 Listener
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    @Ross_Scope, Thanks, that would be really helpful and interesting. 
    I have sent you emails with info.
    My hope is that the game could work for people who otherwise cannot use or have a hard time using a computer with mouse and buttons. If it works one could develop other kinds of games and apps with same technique.
  • TartanTeapot
    TartanTeapot Community member Posts: 14 Connected
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    I would love to play computer games. I have a whole mish mash of health conditions but the one relevant here is the hypermobile Enlher Danlso Syndrome (hEDS) which means that I get really sore joints really quickly.  I can't use a mouse, a keyboard, a joystick, a control pad etc... My children play but I can never join in.

    What would make it easier? Strategy games, where you don't need speed or dexterity, are better, but I still end up with someone else "being my hands"...
  • NickDev
    NickDev Community member Posts: 21 Listener
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    @TartanTeapot. As I mentioned here, I'm a game developer particularly interested in making games accessible in different ways. I'm not familiar with the symptoms you describe but would it be problematic a bit like arthritis, that you can move but it may be painful and hard to keep positions steady and precise?
    Would it be possible to play by moving hands (or feet) in air? Asking because I do work with the Kinect camera and with that it is possible to create games with just body movements in the air, sitting down if you need.
    Another way of control is by sound, not necessarily with words but just vocalizations. 
    If you'd like you could test a game I made that you don't need keyboard or mouse to play, you just make sound. (You need to press a button to start it.) So you can drive a car just by creating a sound.
    The game itself is perhaps not exciting but it would be helpful to hear someone in your position comment on the technique because the same method could be used in other types of games. The game is called "Play Us! A voice and sound interactive game". It is mostly perhaps for small kids, like a visual instrument, just let me know, I'd be happy to get you a free version. It's really valuable for me to get comments from people with different needs.
  • TartanTeapot
    TartanTeapot Community member Posts: 14 Connected
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    Hi NicDev-
    You are right, it is similar to arthritis.  Sadly I think moving my arms and legs about would only hurt, but vocalising sounds brilliant. I would love to try a free version, it would be great to be able to join in a bit with my teens... thank you.
    (Do you need my email address? Or will Scope act as the intermediary?)
    looking forward to giving it a go-
    tartanteapot

  • NickDev
    NickDev Community member Posts: 21 Listener
    edited August 2021
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    @TartanTeapot Sounds great that you'd like to try it. I don't think I have enough posts here to be able to PM you the code, so you could mail me your email, it's (Removed by moderator). 
    Just mention your username here in the mail.
  • Lee39
    Lee39 Community member Posts: 68 Connected
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    Completed and Signed!! 

    I love gaming it is a huge part of my life :) 
  • Joshua1959
    Joshua1959 Community member Posts: 11 Connected
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    Mine to,every morning.
  • KayleighRose
    KayleighRose Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Completed! Video gaming has always been my most prominent hobby and more so since my disabilities have restricted me from other activities. Gaming is my way of escaping reality but also socialising with others online and not having to leave the house. Video gaming provides an incredible and immersive experience for those with disabilities and brings people together.
  • Lee39
    Lee39 Community member Posts: 68 Connected
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    Completed! Video gaming has always been my most prominent hobby and more so since my disabilities have restricted me from other activities. Gaming is my way of escaping reality but also socialising with others online and not having to leave the house. Video gaming provides an incredible and immersive experience for those with disabilities and brings people together.
    1000%

    What do you play? my usual  is mmo or open world rpg games
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