I’ve always been a massive fan of playing video games, me and my brothers have had practically every console going – I think I liked being able to compete with them at something, I couldn’t do sport or rough and tumble play, so video gaming was the next best thing!
Since Nintendo introduced the Wii, I have had a horrible feeling that motion sensor gaming was going to be the next big thing. I could just about manage some games on the Wii, for example Wii bowling, which I flick the controller rather than drawing my arm back. However, I had much less choice of games as I was used to.
Now, the most wanted Christmas toys are Sony and Microsoft’s offerings to the motion sensor gaming revolution: the Playstation Move and the Kinect. Although I haven’t personally tried them yet, it certainly looks to me like people with limited movement like me will not be able to use them at all.
I wish video gaming companies would consider less able bodied customers than their target market – I know quite a few people with similar conditions to me who really enjoy video gaming and I’m worried that when these things take off, traditional video gaming with a controller will not exist any more. My suggestion would be to create games where you can use either motion sensor controls or standard controls (preferably at the same time for two player games), or at least to trial new technology with a representative sample of people with all abilities.
What do you make of the new gaming advances? Have you tried them yet? I’m hoping to try the Kinect after Christmas (my friend is getting one for Christmas) so I will let you know how it goes!