Where a gaming product is marked with this symbol it should also point people towards "Game Accessibility Information" in a convenient manner.
This can be as simple as a link to a specific on-line review, a short list or as involved as a fully transcribed and subtitled video explaining the game product's accessibility.
This will help end-users find out if the product will likely suit their particular abilities. It will also encourage developers to promote and further develop gaming accessibility.
The symbol is free to use providing that the following points are observed:
Useful game accessibility information should include:
Much more supporting guidance can be found via Game Accessibility Guidelines and the OneSwitch Pinterest board. Additionally you can find many game accessibility sites at the OneSwitch.org.uk Blog.
T-shirts, stickers and more: For anyone wishing to buy Joypad Rider merchandise there are two options currently at RedBubble.com via Chris Thornton (2D) and OneSwitch (3D).
N.B. Importantly, information should be made available in an accessible format, i.e. in text that can be easily pasted into on-line text to speech and language translation utilities.
Try to use easy to understand language.
Ideally make additional use of symbols, icons and/or pictures for those who cannot read easily.
Use alt-text when the image is displayed on-line to indicate "Game Accessibility Information" to aid people using screen-readers.
Many thanks to: Chris Thornton for bringing about the initial GAinfo symbol design. Brian Brasher for turning that into a range of shapes and sizes. Thierry Danigo of Reseau Nouvelles Technologies, APF for the French README translation, and Javier Mairena for the Spanish version. Ian Hamilton for the symbol guidance image. A little on the history of this symbol here.
Some early examples can be found here: Evolve (Turtle Rock Studios) and My Ex-boyfriend the Space Tyrant (Um.com).
And happily, Microsoft Xbox has adopted this method, with Sony following suit with a similar approach.
For more info contact: info@OneSwitch.org.uk