I'd like to invite you to participate in a user trial of my SoniFight software which aims to add additional sonification cues to video games to increase accessibility for players who may be blind or visually impaired. The idea of the study is to try to identify to what extent the software works to assist players.
I'm looking for somewhere between 5 and 15 people who own at least one of the following three games on Steam on the Windows platform:
1. Street Fighter 4,
2. Mortal Kombat 9, and/or
3. Day of the Tentacle Remastered.
Participants must be aged 18 years old or above to be eligible to participate.
The trial itself is quite straight forward and is broken down into three main stages as outlined below:
1. You provide a little information about yourself and the games or genres of games that you enjoy playing,
2. You play roughly 10 to 15 minutes of one or more of the games in the above list and provide some feedback on your ability to play the game(s) from an accessibility standpoint, and then
3. You play another 10 to 15 minutes of the same game, but this time using SoniFight to provide additional sonification cues designed to improve your knowledge of the game state, and then provide some feedback on your ability to play the game(s) with these additional sonification cues provided.
Completing the trial for each game will likely take between 30 to 50 minutes, and when the questionnaire is completed you just email it back to me (address is in the questionnaire) and that's it.
The trial itself will be open for two weeks from 28/11/2017 to (new - new closing date!) 01/02/2018, after which the results will be analysed and incorporated into a research paper titled "Playing by Ear: A qualitative study of game audio, accessibility and sonification".
If you meet the participation criteria and are interested in taking part then you can find the latest version of SoniFight at https://github.com/FedUni/SoniFight/rel … v1.1.2.zip.
While the plain language information statement and questionnaire (available in both Microsoft Word and Libre/Open Office formats) can be found here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/363r8uwphpyi0 … k.zip?dl=0
Thanks so much,