The Game Awards 2020 Takes a Step In the Right Direction to Improve Accessibility

Published 12/06/2020, 9:30 AM CST


The Game Awards are continually working on being more accessible for people with special needs, as they have worked out a feature for visually impaired gamers. Recently, Among Us added some much-needed changes to the game that made it friendly for color-blind gamers. Similar to that change, ‘The Game Awards 2020’ has also worked out a convenient solution for visually impaired gamers to follow the proceedings.

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The Game Awards will have a special audio transcription feature for visually impaired gamers

Producer Geoff Keighley, in an official statement, announced the additional feature for gamers with special needs. The live stream of the award will have a special audio descriptive mode, on YouTube gaming, which will allow visually impaired gamers to follow the proceedings.

The gaming industry continues to embrace gamers with special needs

The rapid enhancement in technology has enabled the gaming industry to provide more accessibility to all kinds of gamers. Blockbuster games like Among Us have introduced an entire game mode, especially for people with color-blindness, while Xbox Series X also has a special feature for the same.

Xbox has also followed the same route by introducing Tactile indicators for visually impaired gamers that will assist them when trying to attach the cables. They can now easily differentiate between the power, HDMI, and USB ports with the aid of this feature.

These indicators are present on the rear and front section of the consoles, right along with the ports. It contains a specifically designed indicator to distinguish between all three types of ports.

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This continual move towards the inclusion of gamers with disabilities is a step in the right direction. It will enhance the horizon of developers and enable them to work out innovative solutions that can even the playing field for such individuals.

The Game Awards 2020 event will take place on Dec 10th, 7:00 pm ET. It will have some major reveals from BioWare and Among Us, and will also have some major celebrities in attendance, so make sure you tune in for the awards.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports and has been professionally writing since 2016 and has worked across many fields. He regularly keeps tabs on a wide range of professional esports like Dota 2, Valorant, CS and fighting games. He has been an ardent gamer since his childhood, and became a defender of the ancients in Dota 2 during his college days.

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