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Audio Description Let's Plays (Video Games)

I am interested in making video games more accessible for the visually impaired. One way of doing this would be to make audio description of games in a Let's Play (LP) format. LPs are a kind of video entertainment enjoyed by many gamers and game enthusiasts in which a player records their gaming session with commentary that can be amusing, informative or both. By adding audio description to LPs, video games could be listened to like a movie. Is this something the community would be interested in and if so do you have any advice or suggestions for making the project as helpful as possible.

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Re: Audio Description Let's Plays (Video Games)

I would be very interested in this Project. Because I am constantly playing video games in my Daily Life, I´ve noticed that it´s been getting harder and harder for me to play games on my own. I would really benefit from audio description of video games, because it would be a major help for me. The biggest problems I have with playing video games are to find my way while playing. I would really appreciate it if someone explained to me which directions I needed to take in order to move forward. I feel audio description could help me in this particular area. So, the most help I would need is directional advice, because I can´t see in which direction I need to walk in order to press onward in a game. Furthermore, I would like to get explanations for maps in certain games. For example, in Hyrule Warriors for Wii U, there are lots of Visual indications on the map which are hard for me to understand because they don´t explain what these indications mean. So I would be really happy if this kind of Project came to Life.

Re: Audio Description Let's Plays (Video Games)

Hi audioLP, I wish I had seen your post much sooner. I for one would appreciate audio described let's plays very much. Video games are one aspect of entertainment which I'd love to see major improvement in regarding accessibility. And I know a lot of blind people who'd also love playing video games; sometimes we'll attempt to play with sided friends just for the fun of it.
In terms of suggestions I think it's tricky to provide one size fits all recommendations, but one thing I do think is important is directions for movement. Since there are few nonvisual indications of where you are on screen, it's very easy to get lost if you don't know how far to go in one direction to get to a certain area, so specificity is important. also for fighting games in particular it might be helpful to specify how to perform an attack. For example in Smash Bros Brawl with Link, if you're charging up and firing an arrow you might say hold down be to charge and release to fire (if I'm remembering correctly, it's been a while since I've played). You really only need to do this the first time you use the move, that way we know what move/key combo you're referring to by name in the future. unfortunately I think it would take a lot of hands-on experimenting to figure out what works and what doesn't, but if you're still interested in doing this I'd be happy to help test out the process.

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