1981: The Year Zero of Accessible Gaming

1981 Year of Disabled Persons Some interesting information has turned up in TheGameReviews.com’s “Truly Innovative Controllers For Disabled Gamers” article. Does it really cost $500,000 to “just to talk to [Microsoft] about creating a controller for their XBox platforms”? Frightening if so.

There’s some historical background within the article including a little interview with Ken Yankelevitz of KY Enterprises who started adapting and creating specialised controllers after a call from Atari in 1981.

1981 seems to be the year zero in many ways for accessible gaming possibly linked with the UN’s “International Year of Disabled Persons“. More on the history of accessible gaming here and here within the IGDA’s GASIG Blog.

Via: Tera-Kirk Blog

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