Descriptive video for videogames
July 27, 2011 3:37 PM Subscribe
Descriptive video for the blind and visually impaired... for videogames? Does this exist? I’d like to do it. I know there are a million videos of people playing videogames around, but I'd like to do ones tailored for people who can't see.
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I’m training to become a braille transcriber, but I thought it might also be neat to do descriptive videos of videogames for the blind and visually impaired. Does this sound like something people would be interested in? I could do both videos and sound files, so those with some vision could benefit from seeing what they can, and those without don’t have to bother with the video.
I can’t find any indication that this exists already, but it may just be that my Google fu is weak. If I knew a blind person, I would ask what they thought, but I don’t know any personally. I figured perhaps someone who can’t see might be interested in knowing a bit of what videogames are like (or perhaps they used to be able to play them), and I think I have good descriptive abilities and the patience to go slowly and describe everything I see and do. I was thinking of doing World of Warcraft to start - I know the game very well, and there is lots of interesting quest text to read, good stories, good characters, and humor. Another possible game to work on is Starcraft 2. There are plenty of casts of games around, but perhaps a cast tailored for people who can’t see the screen would be helpful.
So... good idea or bad idea? I haven’t gotten started yet, but I figure that if descriptive videos of movies and tv are pretty popular, there’s got to be a couple people who would like to listen to detailed descriptions of videogames as well. Am I being unrealistic?
Also, is there anything that I need to know or should keep in mind if I do this? I will be sure to make the website very simple and accessible, of course.