The AbleGamers Foundation Gives the 2010 Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year Award to First Console Game Ever
Forza Motorsports 3 earns the annual award for extreme accessibility in a videogame for Microsoft and Turn 10
Harper's Ferry, WV - The AbleGamers Foundation is proud to announce Turn 10 and Microsoft’s Forza Motorsports 3 is the winner of this year's Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year award. Each year, the AbleGamers Foundation looks at all of the mainstream video game titles released from Oct. to Oct. for the best use of accessibility in a game. Recipients must demonstrate excellence in accessibility by including options that allow for gamers with a wide range of disabilities to fully enjoy the game. One of the most inaccessible genres to a major part of the disabled gaming community is the racing genre due to the need to react quickly and make split-second decisions all while operating multiple buttons to play at even the most basic level. On top of that, console games almost always lag behind the accessibility options computer games can provide through third-party software, peripherals and assistive technology. “We are thrilled to see developers finally including accessibility options in console games,” said Mark Barlet, President of the AbleGamers Foundation. “Microsoft and Turn 10 really impressed us with the extreme flexibility and number of ways you can play Forza 3 thanks to the options included in the game. Many of the gamers with disabilities in our community were unable to play racing games easily before this title.” Forza 3 incorporates many accessibility features including auto braking, which enables the ability of gamers to concentrate on steering alone. While the accelerator is held down by either a latching switch or simply taping down the button, the entire game can be played with only two buttons. That kind of accessibility allows almost any mobility impaired gamer to enjoy the game. Not to mention the “rewind” feature that allows gamers to “do over” parts of the race, which is extremely useful for the cognitively impaired and those with low reaction time or dexterity. “Microsoft is honored and delighted to accept the Accessible Game of the Year Award from AbleGamers for Forza Motorsport 3,” said Aaron Kornblum, Director Security Policy, Interactive Entertainment Business, which includes Xbox and Xbox Live. “We believe that making technology as accessible as possible will enable people throughout the world to realize their full potential, regardless of their abilities” You can read the whole story, and see a video of some of the flexibility offered http://ablegamers.com/u1a91
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