Can I Play That? is a community of disabled gamers telling our stories of game accessibility. We are seeking submissions from disabled gamers, including narrative essays, industry accessibility analysis, and commentary. The categories we publish include:
- How I Play – A submission to this category would explain to readers how you access games as a disabled gamer, whether it’s through voice control, a modified controller, or any other means by which you play games. See examples here and here.
- Why I Play – A submission to this category would discuss what playing games adds to your life. Why are accessible games essential to you? See examples here and here.
- Commentary – This category is for all industry analysis, the state of game accessibility pieces, and any essays that don’t fit into How I Play or Why I Play. See an example here.
A Special Note About Reviews
Most of the games you see reviewed on CIPT are not review copies. They have been purchased by the person writing the review. We do not often get review copies and those we do get will first be distributed to editors and existing contributors. Please do not email asking if we have a review code available.
If you want to submit a review of a game you have played, please first ensure it hasn’t been covered here previously.
We believe accessibility reviews are best done by individuals with expertise in the area they are reviewing (for example, a Deaf or hard of hearing person would only review accessibility as it pertains to Deaf/hoh accessibility).
We will not publish all-inclusive accessibility reviews where one person assesses all areas of a game’s accessibility. In short, stay in your (accessibility) lane so you don’t have to guess about features and options you don’t rely on. You are welcome to mention other areas of accessibility, such as if a game has full controller remapping or screen narration. Currently, the only reviews that will be all-inclusive will be written by our editors, who are well-educated in game accessibility across the disability spectrum. If you feel you fall into this category as well, please discuss it with us via email.
Before submitting a review, please ensure you have read several of our existing reviews to get a good feel for how they should be set up and how we approach the process of reviewing and rating features.
Every review should have a thorough examination of the features that do and do not help your experience, as well as a list of features rated from zero through ten in .5 increments. For example, if you’re reviewing for Deaf/hoh accessibility, a game without subtitles for dialogue would be rated zero, while a game with easily legible, resizable subtitle text for all dialogue might be rated a ten. List the feature and the rating at the bottom of your review so that we can plug your ratings into our review widget.
And remember, we don’t publish general game reviews. These are accessibility reviews only. If you loved a game and want to note that, of course, feel free to do so, but don’t spoil the story for anyone. We won’t publish reviews that trash a game or its developers/studio and/or give it a low accessibility rating simply because you didn’t enjoy it. Remember, you are reviewing the accessibility, not the quality of the content.
We accept reviews for the following categories:
- Deaf/hoh accessibility (though given that we started as a Deaf/hoh accessibility site, we usually have all major releases covered in this category, but feel free to ask if we plan to review any upcoming games)
- Blind/low vision accessibility
- Colorblind accessibility
- Motor/mobility accessibility
- Cognitive accessibility
If you have more questions about contributing a review, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We accept pitches you are developing as well as unpublished submissions. All submissions must be polished and as publication ready as possible. All submissions will receive requests to revise or edit prior to publishing. You don’t need to be a games journalist to submit to CIPT but if you’re not, we ask that you spend some time reviewing what makes for an engaging and thought-provoking article. We recommend running your piece through Grammarly (a free app) prior to submitting to ensure it is error free.
That said, all submissions must:
- Be submitted as a Google Doc to email@example.com.
- Format the document as you would like it to be published (i.e. put images where you’d like them to go and not all added at the end of the piece).
- Have a featured image preferrably of the game’s press art or cover art. These can be sourced from IGDB.com or a simple Google search of “-Game title- press kit.” Attach the featured image as a jpg or png in your email as opposed to simply including it at the top of your review.(If for any reason you cannot source a featured image, please note that in your email and we will gladly take care of it for you.)
- All images must have alt text. Alt text is a brief text description of the image. To add alt text to an image in Google Docs, select the image and then right click on it (or hit Ctrl+Alt+Y). (As with sourcing images, if you are unable to provide alt text, we’ll be happy to take care of it.)
- We don’t accept video submissions unless they have been properly captioned and do not rely solely on YouTube auto-captions. The reason for this is simply that we don’t have the time or resources to properly caption videos ourselves and as an accessibility site, it would be in poor taste to publish content that is inaccessible to a large portion of our audience.
- If you’re submitting a piece that cites or interviews people working in the industry, we ask that your piece pass the Gray Test and we extend it to include transgender and nonbinary people. This is a diverse industry full of incredibly talented people and there is much to be learned by simply branching out from your go-to contacts. Learn about this here or see the screenshot below.
- If your piece cites or quotes other people or their work, please properly credit them with a link to their original content.
- When referencing people, ensure you’ve gotten their pronouns correct.
- All pitches and submissions must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter DMs of pitches or submissions will not be responded to.
- We are an all-volunteer publication and cannot pay for content at this time.
Lastly, a personal note:
Can I Play That? was started by a queer, Deaf and hoh, disabled and chronically ill, transgender, Muslim, immigrant couple. We are an inclusive community and will not tolerate racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, or bigotry in any form from any member of our community. If any of this is a problem, Can I Play That? is not the community for you.
New Contributor Evaluation
All those interested in contributing to Can I Play That? must complete the form below (it can also be found at this link https://forms.gle/X3vZtDPzhrx7Fv937):