‘Tis the most wonderful time of the ….awww, shut it! Bah! And Humbugs!!
As we see this year off (good riddance I say!) I thought it would be cool to get a little different perspective on gaming and found Blind Gamer, Steve Saylor…he’s not only playing games with really limited vision…he’s streaming his adventures… check him out and perhaps give him a follower. Why, do you think it’s important to get different perspectives on gaming? What kind of things could be improved in games, to make gaming more accessible for people with vision issues, like Blind Gamer?
Did you know that there’s a whole game accessibility lab right here at the University of Toronto!? Once all this COVID is done and vaccinated we should see if we can visit!
Bring on 2021! And with it the usual, “Best of” lists that I love! One of my favourites to look at Twitch’s Metrics. Here’s what they’ve got listed as most popular streams…
And let’s not forget the all seeing eyes of Google Trends! Here’s their list of top game related searches for 2020 (US that is…can anyone find the Google Trends Games list for Canada…’cause I couldn’t!?):
It’s not a spider…it’s a peach, right!? Well, a peach of an idea (Dad puns!) about using gaming to help ease phobias…like Arachnophobia (the fear of spiders).
Grounded saw that they had a problem with arachnophobic gamers who stopped playing their amazing new game as soon as their amazingly realistic spiders turned up. Here’s a great video by Polygon about how the Obsidian the game company that developed Grounded has tried to help fight the phobias and how other game tech is being used to treat them!
Do you have any phobias? ImIronham and I did some wikipedia research and discovered we have Trypophobia, well, not so much the fear as the disgust of closely-packed holes… and Thalassophobia which is a persistent and intense fear of deep bodies of water such as the ocean or sea…just think, if we hadn’t looked them up we’d never know! 😉
See if you can guess what each of these mean before you click the name to reveal the truth!
fear of being stared at.
fear of being dirty.
fear of hearing other people’s opinions.
fear of the colour yellow!? In china it was the color of an order to kill yourself
fear of clowns.
fear of everything!
Fear of Hands
Fear of Knees
Fear of Balloons
Fear of Long Words…and ironically it’s the longest word in the dictionary!
Fear of Cheese
Fear of Being Without a Phone
Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth
Fear of Chickens
Fear of Belly Buttons
Fear of the Bogeyman
Fear of boogers
And for those a little freaked out by the whole phobia and giant spiders thing…Who’s going to be playing the newest Stardew Valley Updates!? I love this game… it’s a more tasteful and quirky Animal Crossing if you ask me… which nobody is!
ImIronham has been telling me about DreamXD and his “possibly” Fake his 1.16 Minecraft speedrun. He says it’s legit, but he has been accused for cheating “probability” during trading with a Piglin! Here’s the drama… and the math that goes along with probability!
And if you need a refresher…like I did…here’s MathAntics on Basic Probability!
Have yourselves a great, safe and gameful Holiday!
All the best, from the best!