My name is Stuart Beveridge, I am currently working for a charity based in Scotland called Fife Society for the Blind. We began a project last year called MonkeyGaming. Monkey Gaming is designed to create a network of blind and partially sighted people in Scotland who can come together on a regular basis to discuss our gaming experiences. Our main aim is to influence the gaming design industry to make games universally accessible. We believe that people with sight loss should be able to engage fully with immersive, game play experiences, just like our sighted friends. We are trying to achieve this by building a product, a dedicated channel which will gather followers and contributors to create and share new gaming knowledge and experiences. This channel should also provide an effective platform to bring audio developments in games to a wider audience.
We are currently producing a series of audio podcasts about our experiences of playing mainstream, on-line and audio games. In the past, we have also been in contact with companies like KidFriendlySoftware and SomethinElse, who are innovative gaming design companies who build games using innovative audio techniques. In addition we are using the social media platforms Twitter and Facebook, to promote the channel and engage with visually impaired gamers throughout the world.
Finally, we are contacting gaming developers, who have not yet built accessibility into there games. We are making these developers aware of how to make there games accessible, and asking if it would be possible. So far, with one or two exceptions, the response has been fantastic!
You can visit our dedicated Audioboom channel by going to the website:
and then just searching for MonkeyGamingFSB.
This should then bring up a list of all of our current podcasts.
We would love to hear from you about any gaming experiences you may be willing to share!
Also, if you would like to contribute to any of our future podcasts, or have any ideas for future material, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Your help would be very welcome and much valued and appreciated!