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Monday, November 18, 2002

Videogames for the blind. Yes, not only is it a strange concept, but also, considering that the word "video" comes from the Latin videre ("to see"), somewhat oxymoronic. But just as playing most videogames requires using other senses (hearing and touch) as well, so it is that a group of students in Holland have developed a game aimed at blind children that uses only sound cues for its gameplay.

I tried the game, called Drive, earlier today. The computer I was using must have had a sub-par sound card, because I really couldn't understand the instructions given by my co-pilot, "Bob". But it was an interesting experiment for me.

So who cares about something designed for blind people? Well, I do.