The 31-day jam, hosted on itch.io and launched by Nightblade on Twitter, is focused on bringing attention to a largely marginalized group of the gaming community, blind gamers, as well as bringing awareness to accessibility in gaming in general.
The game jam will be running through December, with December 31st being the last day to submit. With 83 developers signing up for it, you can expect some incredible projects to be submitted. In the process, Nightblade and co have created an active and growing community made out of blind gamers and developers who are collaborating to make these projects come to life.
I hope you can support the project with a tweet, an article, or by simply sharing it with someone you think would be interested in either participating or testing the games. You can also use the hashtag #GamesForBlindGamers to raise awareness!
Good audio and haptic have always been important in video games, but for blind people it is vital. Creating a game for blind gamers is a unique challenge, from utilizing stereo sound and audio queues to controller feedback and vibrations, the jam is set to break the boundaries of what we expect from a video game and can go on to create some truly awesome games for anyone to enjoy.