Gaming in a Pandemic

In recent days, outlets like the Washington Post and BBC published articles talking about one of the few bright spots amidst the pandemic. Kids are getting outdoors more and engaging with the world around them in new ways. It is clear that kids enjoy the freedom of being outside and the opportunity to express themselves. […]

Christy Smith7 minute read

How Game Developers Could Make Modern Platformers Better

Video games are always built upon iteration and improving on previous games. In fact, I suppose any media is made of iteration on iteration. However, it’s particularly easy to spot with video games because they are such a new form of content compared to books and film. This innovation has contributed to the rapid and […]

Christy Smith5 minute read

Universal Design and Paper Mario

If Nintendo wants Paper Mario Origami King to be an accessibility success, it must leverage its history of universal design AND draw from other RPGs

Christy Smith4 minute read

Switch Multiplayer Games for Low Vision

Connection with other people is more important than ever right now, so today I’m going to be giving a few recommendations for multiplayer games that you can play on the Switch, whether you have a visual impairment yourself or want to play with someone who does. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but I’ve tried […]

Christy Smith11 minute read

Visually Impaired Review – Ring Fit Adventure

  Ring Fit Adventure is the successor to Wii Fit, and in many ways, it blows its predecessor out of the water. It is more immersive, more varied, and more intense. It’s been popular enough to sell out at various times around the world. It’s quarantine-approved, but can you play it if you’re visually impaired? […]

Christy Smith9 minute read

Visually Impaired Review – Super Mario Maker 2

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish there were more Mario levels. But I also wish they were much harder, much easier, or made by toddlers??” No? You’ve never thought that? Shame. ‘Cause here’s Mario Maker 2. This game sparked its own internet sub-culture when it came out on Wii U… and they’re still […]

Christy Smith10 minute read

How I Play Visual Games While Visually Impaired

Hi y’all. I’m Christy, and I review Switch games for low vision accessibility. If you’re interested to know why I play on the Switch, please check out my Why I Play article. Today, I want to talk a little about how I use my Switch and specifically what gear and setup I use, though much […]

Christy Smith9 minute read

Blind/Low-Vision Review – New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Do you like Mario? Do you like games with obnoxious names? Here you go, my friend. This game is one of the top-selling Switch titles, but plenty of people complain that the game isn’t innovative enough when it comes to platforming design. However, you don’t sell six million units by accident. There has to be […]

Christy Smith8 minute read

Visually Impaired Review – Splatoon 2

If you’ve ever wanted a shooter that had more strategy than a normal shooter… If you’ve ever tried to play a shooter and needed better lighting and contrast… If you’ve ever needed to modify your weapons to focus only on things that you can do instead of things you can’t… Y’all, ya gotta try Splatoon […]

Christy Smith14 minute read

Visually Impaired Review – Untitled Goose Game

Have you ever wanted to be a horrible goose? Me neither. But here’s your chance. Untitled Goose Game is a game where you play as a goose that messes up everyone’s day. I have a lot of thoughts about this game because it does some really innovative things… and it also frustrates the tar out […]

Christy Smith9 minute read

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