AbleGamers staff members, as well as site users and game reviewers, have input into the selection process. While all games that came out during the year were considered, a small handful of finalists are selected based on accessibility reviews, which consisted of six games in 2012. Community input is very important to the selection of the winner. “We have formed the most extensive, all-inclusive community filled with very knowledgeable individuals about various disabilities,” said Spohn.
In addition to the winning game, two other games were singled out for honorable mention: XCOM: Enemy Unknown, from 2K Games, and Colour Bind, by independent developer Finn Morgan. XCOM, actually, received a higher rating than FIFA 13 in game accessibility reviews, but still lost out to FIFA because EA went so above and beyond in letting users tailor the game to their abilities.
Colour Bind is the first indie game to reach the final round of AbleGamers selection process and Morgan was cited for his efforts to research and incorporate accessibility features into the game.
Overall, AbleGamers found 2012 to be a “a very encouraging year for game accessibility,” wrote Spohn Let’s hope that in 2013 other developers follow the lead of this year’s winner and finalists and mainstream gaming continues to become more accessible. Congratulations to EA, 2K Games and Finn Morgan on their fine work!
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