Before I start my rant I do need to say thank you to all developers who are inclusive in their games, subsequent rant aside. Your work has made many people very happy and feel much more inclusive so, though I'd obviously like you to take notice of my comments, also understand that they are intended as constructive criticism.
Please stop making the hook for the game blindness. I understand why it is such an appealing idea, it explains away the limitations of non-sighted game play, it connects with the blind and partially sighted community and, more broadly, it can let sighted people, or partially sighted people know what it is like to be without sight. All great things but, on a personal level, not good enough.
My issue is, I play games for escapism. I don't want to be reminded that I'm blind. I don't want to be reminded that I'm doing what blind people do. I especially don't want to play games where a blind person is a stereotype because, as we know, we are all very different people, the only common factor being our varying lack of sight.
Now, I know this is a complaint without any real suggestions, but as games like the last of us part II have shown, it is possible to have a game that has nothing to do with blindness that can be played by blind people. Variations can be as simple as, just not mentioning blindness, EG fear is described as "the game of running blind", why not just say, running through the dark... I know it's splitting hairs but slapping blind on something and making it a product annoys me.
For me, "blindness" isn't a culture, it's not a religion and it's not a lifestyle choice. Blindness isn't an experience I wish to explore because, I hope we can all agree, it's a royal pain in the ass. We have been presented with all of this fantastic technology that bridges the gap between those with and those without and yet, even though we can now do most things fully sighted peers can do, smartphone wise, we're still returning to games where we are pretending to be blind. This just seems a bit dumb to me.
Devs, you are creative and wonderful people, think bigger, break out of this trope or idea that blind people want to play games where they are blind... If this were true, flight sims would only be played by pilots, fighting games only played by thugs and civilisation games only played by gods.
We game to be different people, to see the world from a different perspective, to escape the doldrums, struggles and pains of every day life. Take us on an adventure, open our minds to new possibilities but please, please please please, stop reminding us that we are blind. We know. It sucks.