Just in case my comment got lost among the many on Marty's post regarding Apple's decision that he must merge his games into a single app or app packages, (see
I have started a petition on change.org at:
asking Apple to reconsider its stance on this matter.
Marty is basically saying that the amount of coding required to do that would be inordinate, w/no return on the time invested, & that the interface to such an app may be confusing and unwieldy.
While sighted folks have these games in abundance in the app store, Marty is pretty much the only person writing them for us. I actually personally don't play them, but I think any time a developer for an underserved population is forced into an untenable position and has to give up development of their product, resulting in eventual demise as the operating system gets updated or devices get replaced, then I think that's a decision that only serves to deny opportunities to a population that already has far less than their share. So whether you personally play these games or not, if you're concerned that the decision will have the effect of denying sight-impaired individuals the chance to have apps similar to those that sighted people do, I'd urge you to sign the petition. It may do no good. Then again, it might. But our voices will never be heard if we don't try. BTW, I suspect that Apple's recent attempt to perge the app store of apps that appear basically to be the same may impact other underserved groups negatively as well, and that it's really something Apple needs to look at in that context.