How I Play Video Games While Hyperfixating

By Latonya Pennington Hyperfixation aka “hyperfocus” to some psychologists is when you’re so intensely focused on something that you tune out everything else for hours at a time. Although this term is commonly applied to people with autism or ADHD, people with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder can also hyperfixate. It […]

Can I Play That?5 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

Final Fantasy VII Remake Broke My Heart…

…but not for the reasons you think. Final Fantasy VII Remake broke my heart, but not for the reasons you think. To be clear, I love Final Fantasy VII Remake, I gave it a glowing review. The graphics are astonishing, the voice acting is suburb and the subtitles, while far from perfect, work well enough […]

Elizabeth Garcia3 minute read

Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller: Gaining an Edge in Accessibility

My relationship with the Xbox controller is a strange one. While Xbox is my preferred platform and the controllers I have for it hold sentimental value for me, the controller itself has always been a bit of a barrier to being able to fully enjoy games. Or to enjoy them as much as I’d like, […]

Courtney Craven4 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

How I play SquareCells, Paint It Back, Pictopix, and other nonogram games with voice recognition

SquareCells, Paint It Back, and Pictopix are “Nonogram”-style games (also known as Picross, Griddlers, and Hanjie). These games involve a grid of squares, and sequences of numbers lined up with each row and column of squares. Looking at a specific row/column, the sequence of numbers tells you the lengths of groupings of squares in that […]

Voiced Gaming12 minute read

How I play The Typing of The Dead: Overkill hands-free

Editors Note: This horror game’s theme was inspired by grindhouse and exploitation films, going for an over-the-top B-movie satire. As a result, it contains zombies, gore, loud gunfire, swearing, sexism, ableism, and other offensive and disturbing themes. This includes the “circus freak” horror trope and one scene of violence against a person in a wheelchair. […]

Voiced Gaming6 minute read

Using Voice Recognition to Play Video Games

Since 2014 I’ve had very bad RSI, and I’ve been experimenting with ways of gaming using voice recognition. There are many programs available, and every new game needs testing and customization, even when they are similar to previous ones. Here are several pieces of voice and non-voice software I’ve used to make voice-controlled gaming more […]

Voiced Gaming14 minute read

How I Access Games

My name is Melissa, and I am 29 years old. I live in rural Northern Saskatchewan, Canada. I am physically disabled and have enjoyed video games since I can remember.  My disabilities stem from a rare form of muscular dystrophy which affects 50% of my skeletal muscle tissues. It’s believed to be Central Core Disease/Central […]

Melissa Klassen8 minute read

Playing Through Stroke Recovery

I’ve never been particularly good at the social aspects of life, and having been schizophrenic for the last 20 years, I can’t recall a time where I’ve ever been fully in control of my emotions, or anything that goes on in my head, really. I did what was necessary of me to get through life […]

Susan11 minute read

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