On this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Can I Play That will be presenting the DAGERSystem Diamond Award 2022. Leading up to this day we will have daily content sharing our editor’s favorites, the Barrier Breaker award and finally the Diamond Award.
Awards and Editor’s Choices
Every weekday starting tomorrow until Tuesday next week we will publish an Editors Choice. Each is written by one of our staff, highlighting their favorite game of 2022. Because of who we are and how we are able to play, most of these games have done well in some accessibility aspect but that isn’t a criteria for these choices.
On Wednesday before GAAD, we will present the Barrier Breaker. Barrier Breakers are awarded to studios for outstanding implementation of individual accessibility features. Features we think should be industry standard, or redefine the quality standard for that feature. In the past Insomniac has won for game speed controls, and Coalition for their subtitle implementation.
On GAAD itself, we will present the DAGERSystem Diamond Award 2022. This accessibility award celebrates the best accessible game of that year. This may not necessarily be the most accessible game for every player, but one that best meets or exceeds an exceptional level of accessibility.
In case you missed it, DAGERSystem purchased Can I Play That? last year. DAGERSystem was founded in 2012 as a site focused on holistic games journalism through the lens of game accessibility. In 2018 it turned into a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the goals of educating, empowering, and employing disabled gamers in the field of game accessibility. Purchasing and maintaining Can I Play That? fits seamlessly in that mission.
About Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Global Accessibility Awareness Day is an awareness day focusing on digital accessibility and inclusion for disabled people. GAAD happens every year on the third Thursday of May. It is usually a day to advocate for and promote accessibility efforts. Of course we will report on news related to gaming leading up to and after GAAD 2023.