Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Google's Accessibility blog.
Imagine coming across millions of games, but not knowing whether you can play them. That's been the experience for people who rely on audio or screen reader capabilities. But thanks to the new Blind-friendly filter in the Play Games app, people who are blind can now quickly identify games designed with accessibility in mind. Some games don't even require a screen reader.
To find Blind-friendly games:
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the Play Games app.
- Tap Arcade.
- At the top of the screen, scroll horizontally to the end of the filters, then select Blind-friendly.
Animation shows someone opening the Play Games app, tapping on the Arcade tab and scrolling through the filter list to select Blind-friendly games.
By default, many games rely heavily on visual effects or are simply not optimized to work with screen readers. However, some game developers work to ensure that sighted as well as blind people can play their games. For example, the A Blind Legend invites gamers into an audio action-adventure world. Other popular games, such as ChessBack, are optimized to work with the TalkBack screen reader on Android.
The new Blind-friendly filter in the Play Games app makes it easier for people who are blind to find games like these. This filter can also make it easier for teachers, parents, or friends to find and recommend these games.
We would like to encourage developers to provide even more accessible games. For more information on how to make your app/game more accessible, see Introduction to Accessibility for Apps and Games.
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