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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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            Contributors
            Conference
            July 2011
            July 2011
            : 449-454
            Affiliations
            [0001]Department of Computer Science

            University of Oviedo

            Asturias, Spain
            [0002]Department of Software Engineering

            and Artificial Intelligence

            Complutense University of Madrid

            Madrid, Spain
            [0003]R&D Department, Fundosa Technosite

            Madrid, Spain
            [0004]Laboratory of Computer Science

            MHG-Harvard University

            Boston, USA
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2011.75
            5df20885-6e2c-4692-af19-c6f5ef1ef74a
            © 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 (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/HCI2011.75
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            sonification,audio games,earcon,<e-Adventure>,spatial audio

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