Accessibility and the games industry continues to be explored in many different ways - from small independent studios implementing a wide range of options through to AAA studios hiring internal team members to work on making games accessible to all.
This year, from Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Accessibility Unlocked is running their first month-long jam - AccessJam! Despite Accessibility Unlocked being focused on Australia & New Zealand, this jam is open to participants around the world!
This jam will run for a month to give you adequate time to make a game, big or small, that explores accessibility in a way that suits you best. You can work as an individual or in a group - there are no rules for how this jam must be tackled, only things you are **encouraged** to do. You can make a physical game, twine game, or even upload a recording of you telling your story. Be as creative as you like and make this jam work for you.
You might make:
1. A game about your experiences with disability - it's as broad or as abstract as you want or need it to be.
2. A game that does not tell a story about disability, but you implement mechanics or options to make your game accessible to more players. It might be a simple Bitsy game where you ensure it's accessible to all players who are colourblind, through to implementing control remapping or tackling a feature you haven't tried before.
3. A tool specifically for an accessibility feature - a palette generator, subtitle creator, options manager for Unity - the list goes on!
If you're struggling for ideas, you can work off our optional theme - Growth.
This jam will not be ranked, but we'll spotlight some of the games on our social media and in our mailing list. We really encourage you to experiment with making your game as accessible as possible - whether in storytelling, options, type of game, content - anything.
We know that tackling accessibility in games can be daunting - especially as an abled devleoper! This is a chance for you to hone your skills, learn more about how to implement accessibility, hear stories from disabled developers and players, and ask questions in a space that's safe and wants to see you learn and succeed.
We hope you have a great time with AccessJam!