Feature Writer Alena Roberts – Everyone Likes to Play Games Including the Blind

When you think of video games, you likely don’t think of the blind playing them, but this isn’t the case. From games that have been adapted to be playable by the blind, to mainstream games that the blind figure out how to play without modifications, the blind are definitely a part of the video gaming world. I myself just started playing a game online called Kingdom of Loathing, and when I was a PC user, I played games all the time.

So the question is what kind of games are out there, and where can you get them. I think the best place to start is a visit to a site called audiogames.net. Their database includes hundreds of games, many of which are free. The categories also range from fun word and card games to first person shooter and strategy games. All the games that are listed on this site are designed to be playable by the blind.

As I mentioned, when I was using a PC I played lots of these games. Here are a couple of my favorites. Spoonbill software offers many free card and puzzle games. All you have to do is email the developer with your request and he sends you the game. L-Works Games offers arcade style and word games and the developer himself is visually impaired. Finally, if you want to play with people online, a great option is All In Play. There is a subscription fee to play these games, but there is a free trial. Also, the games are playable by the blind and sighted so it’s a great option for families.

What are your favorite video games? If there was a game you wish was more playable for the blind, what would it be?

3 Comments

  1. I also like Jim Kitchens’ audio games for the blind. Of course, the price is right, too, because he makes them available for free.

    One of my favorite games of his is Monopoly. Sound effects are great and I play it with my 8-year-old son, who is sighted. He played this before he understood the board layout, but the next Christmas, he also received the board game version, so he could put the physical layout in place with what he knew from already playing and loving the game with me on the pc.

    Even though he has the board game, my son still loves coming into my study and asking to play Monopoly with me on the pc. He calls the SAPI computer voice Jim Kitchens, because it says it is “by Jim Kitchens.”

  2. I am totally blind. The only video games I’m able to play without sighted help are fighting games like Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and Soul Caliber. I would love to be able to play survival horror games like Resident Evil, and silent Hill.

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