A lot of you may be scratching your head right now upon reading the title. Can you imagine a blind holding a smartphone and playing? Can you imagine an individual who is blind sitting in a corner playing a video game? Yes, this headline may make you read the title twice.
Blindness imposes a lot of limitations on the person, especially to those who had a clear eyesight before everything went black. It can be depressing for the parents who see their child who has visual impairment looking at nowhere. Everything that a person sees will require a lot of imagination skills for someone who is blind to witness the same.
Where Does The Blind Stand In The Modern Age?
The boom of technologies is associated with the rise of modern entertainment. People with vision-impairment are limited with this surge of technology. One will most likely associate enjoyment with visual entertainment. Ask a child what it is, and the words video games or Play Store applications will fill your ears.
But some game developers had something in mind for the blind. Super Mario 64, a video game known to children before, offered something innovative for the visually impaired players. It used the auditory aspect of the players, incorporating elaborate sound cues in every part of the game. It focused more on the sound clues and musical effects.
What Is The Logic Behind The Games For The Blind?
Echoing distant sounds, footsteps thumps, the increasing volume of simulated gunshot music effects are just some of the sound cues that developers put more emphasis. Stereo sounds paired with noise canceling headphones make this audio-led gaming more virtual.
On the other hand, some game developers simulate an audio-gaming experience where the main character is indeed blind. The way the players control their characters in the game is just the usual. They can use specified keys in the keyboard or even the console.
The main logic behind this alternative to visual entertainment is that ears act as eyes. The sounds replace images. The players navigate their way inside the game using only the auditory senses. Game developers and designers don’t focus on the visuals of the game.
Where Can One Find These Gaming Applications?
Favorite game and application downloading sites offer these games for free nowadays. Surely, you won’t need an Xbox, Ps4 or any gaming consoles to have these. A smartphone and a good pair of earphones (if not noise-canceling) will do.
Not just games but smartphone applications also use the logic behind these games. There are now free downloadable apps that read messages for a blind person (even news and statuses on social media sites!). There are also these “push and talk” apps that make communication more manageable for your visually-impaired friends.
In fact, every application of a typical user’s smartphone can be used by the blind with the audio-led concept of the games. With this way, it should not be surprising when you see a person with visual impairment using touch screen phones and tablets today.
It is quite amusing and fascinating that software and application developers do not just target a majority of the modern technology users. People with a visual impairment may not see these modern facilities, but feeling and hearing the new world should be considered the next big thing.
If your child is still struggling with coping from his or her condition, it is safe to consider consulting mental health professional or visiting BetterHelp for advice and consultation.