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      Applying sonification to improve accessibility of point-and-click computer games for people with limited vision

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      Proceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction

      4 - 8 July 2011

      sonification, earcon, spatial audio, audio games, <e-Adventure>

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          Abstract

          Computer game accessibility for people with limited vision is a challenging problem because many games, such as point-and-click games, heavily rely on mouse interaction for game world exploration. But mouse interaction requires the sense of sight for orientation and navigating through the user interface. Solutions have been proposed to this problem but usually they come at a significant increase in the cost (e.g. haptic devices). This paper explores the use of general sonification techniques applicable to a broad set of games to generate acoustic hints that help limited vision users to locate the interactive elements in the game world by simplifying the use of the mouse. This is a first step to improve point-and-click computer games accessibility with little extra development cost and the initial sonification experiments with limited vision people show promising results.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Conference
                July 2011
                July 2011
                : 449-454
                Affiliations
                Department of Computer Science

                University of Oviedo

                Asturias, Spain
                Department of Software Engineering

                and Artificial Intelligence

                Complutense University of Madrid

                Madrid, Spain
                R&D Department, Fundosa Technosite

                Madrid, Spain
                Laboratory of Computer Science

                MHG-Harvard University

                Boston, USA
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/HCI2011.75
                © José Ángel Vallejo-Pinto et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Proceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction
                HCI
                25
                Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
                4 - 8 July 2011
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Human Computer Interaction
                Product
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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