Retro Remakes 2006 draws to a close...

Retro Remakes 2006 Competition.
The Retro Remakes 2006 Big Competition is drawing to a close, with the deadline for games entered being August the 31st. A fair few games have fallen by the way side, but many have made it through already.

I've already played a couple of really good head tracker compatible games thus far, being updates of classic games Kaboom and Star Wars. Really nice. Can't wait to start playing more.

The Retro Remakes 2006 Big Compo Rules
The Retro Remakes 2006 Big Compo Forum
Games Entered So Far...

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Image of the game Dork.Dork is a new one-switch puzzle game, written by Alan deLespinasse, for PCs. It's a great little game, with some superb accessibility features. These include the facility to slow the entire game down, and adjust the difficulty level of the game.

Nice job, Alan! Download a demo of this game by clicking on the picture above.

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Sky Puppy Review and interview with StarQuail

Sky Puppy game screen-shot. Just discovered a pretty frank review of the one switch game "Sky Puppy". This Game Tunnel article just about hits the nail on the head, when it comes to describing the game's difficulty level. It's just too hard.

For those that are interested, there's also an interview with the developers of Sky Puppy, StarQuail. Pop over to OneSwitch to try this game out for yourself.

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I/O Brush


Switch Accessible Arcade Games

Star Trigon JAMMA Printed Circuit Board.
I've just posted a D.I.Y. guide for making a couple of real arcade games switch accessible. Okay, not quite the dream of walking into an arcade, plugging your accessible switch in and playing - but maybe the next best thing.

Switch Accessible JAMMA home arcade guide.

The above video shows Namco's fantastic "Star Trigon" being played using an Able-Net "Big Switch". The guy playing it is Giannis Georgalis, programmer of Access Invaders. More on his super-fantastic project later.

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The Ouch Podcast

Ouch Podcast logo.
This just keeps getting better and better...The Ouch Podcast. I love it. This months episode gives mention to the very lovely Beautiful Octopus Club, features a gob smacking interview with a deaf-fetishist and general very funny banter.

"Ouch Podcast number five is here! Mat Fraser and Liz Carr return with their little friend Roving Rob Crossan. "Groundbreaking" says The Guardian. "Mat and Liz let themselves down by talking like that" says Mrs Rose, the producer's mum. There are three ways to get it and listen: on your computer, online, or by downloading it onto your iPod or MP3 player. Don't miss it ..."

BBC jam

BBC jam text next to a cartoon robot.
As a prelude to the Develop Brighton conference, a number of us from the IGDA GASIG were kindly invited to the BBC by Jonathan Hassell to give our thoughts on "jam". Jonathan is the Accessibility Editor within Digital Curriculum BBC, who has been working on "jam", the BBC's new interactive learning service for five to 16-year-olds.

The project has had some problems before being launched, and remains a UK only concern at this time. However, for those in the UK it is a splendid educational resource, that is accessible to all.

I was particularly impressed by the switch accessibility features, especially within the SEN (Special Educational Needs) area. Brilliantly executed, fun, Monty Python-esque animated activities. Click on the picture above to start, and choose year 7-11 for the SEN stuff. Have fun UK citizens!

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