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Game Accessibility Software


The following list details some of the software aids that can help players in their gaming. For instance, where a game is too fast or the controls too awkward, the following may help. Please feel free to e-mail for help on anything that is unclear.


Cheats

Cheats. Making games more comfortable for you.

Cheats are a way to make a game more comfortable for your personal abilities. For those unable to play a game without them, they're not cheats at all.

Cheat Engine for Windows games.

Datel's Action Replay and Code Junkies for downloads and hardware for consoles (lots of retro cheat devices such as the Game Genie on eBay).

GameFAQs.comGames Radar, YouTube and Twitch are all great resources for cheats, tips and walk throughs. You might also like to trawl through the archive of GameWinners.com too.

MAME the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator has an optional 'cheat' facility.

Xploder offer a range of cheat systems (normally via save files).


Speed Control

Speed Control

Many games are simply too fast for some to play.

Windows PCs are possible to slow down for some games which can make things more manageable.

Cheat Engine can slow some games down.

CPU Killer - Can slow your computer down up to 99%. If playing games through an emulator, you will need to switch off any frame-skipping. PC Shareware.

Mo'Slo - Very similar to CPU Killer. Can help to run DOS software on newer Windows machines at the correct speed.

Nidd Valley Slomo - for 8-bit retro speed control. Made for machines including the Acorn BBC Micro, Electron, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum. Turn a dial to slow the machine down.


Controller Assistants

Controller Assistants

Utilities that enable players to activate more buttons than they ordinarily could manage.

4 Noah - Enables one switch gamers to play certain games that use multiple buttons. This software is under development but available to try for free. 4Noah Lite is a great place to start.

SwitchXS - Enables Apple Mac switch users to take almost complete control over keyboard and mouse controlled games.

 

Controller Emulation (MORE TO FOLLOW...)

Controller Emulation

Software that enables one piece of hardware, such as a USB joypad to emulate another such as a mouse or keyboard. Ideal for people unable to use a keyboard or mouse to play games.

Alt-Controller - Map PC mouse movements to key presses. Makes keyboard only games possible to play with a mouse pointer alone.

JoyToKey, Xpadder, Joystick to Mouse or PGP - Enables adapted or standard USB joypads or joysticks to emulate the mouse and keyboard on a PC.

Alt-Controller

USB Overdrive - Shareware version of JoyToKey for Apple Macintosh computers.

QJoyPad - Linux utility.

Track-Mapper - Enables older Natural Point head-trackers to play keyboard controlled games.

Auto Hot Key - Very powerful utility for remapping controls.

GlovePIE - Another versatile and powerful utility for remapping controls. Interesting example of mind control over Angry Birds here

 

Screen Readers

Screen Readers

A very popular PC freeware screen reader is NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access). Jaws the best selling commercial screen reader.

 

Screen Magnifiers

Screen Magnifiers

Windows 7 has a superb screen magnifier that allows you to enlarge anything displayed on your desktop.

Many other screen magnifiers exists, such as ISSIST, but the free one with Windows 7 is the best I've yet used with games.

Cheats

Cheats. Making games more comfortable for you.

Cheats are a way to make a game more comfortable for your personal abilities. For those unable to play a game without them, they're not cheats at all.

Cheat Engine for Windows games.

Datel's Action Replay and Code Junkies for downloads and hardware for consoles (lots of retro cheat devices such as the Game Genie on eBay).

GameFAQs.comGames Radar, YouTube and Twitch are all great resources for cheats, tips and walk throughs. You might also like to trawl through the archive of GameWinners.com too.

MAME the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator has an optional 'cheat' facility.

Xploder offer a range of cheat systems (normally via save files).

 

Kinect Switches

Kinect Switches and Control

Kinect based assistve technology can enable a wide range of "virtual" switches to be mapped out in space, on a user's body or a user's face.

OAK Air Switches - Requires Kinect for PC. A more powerful alternative.

Kinesic Mouse - Superb software enabling head movements and facial expressions to be mapped to mouse, keyboard and joystick functions.

 

Webcam Switches

Webcam Switches

Webcam switches allow you to define areas within the field of vision of a webcam that can be used as switches. Move within that defined area and you can trigger a left-click for instance.

Switch Viacam - Free for PCs using standard webcams and can be used for one or two switches.

 

Anti Hand Tremor Software

Anti Hand Tremor Software

Software utilities that helps smooth out hand tremors a gamer may have.

SteadyMouse.com - offer free software and support for PC Windows users.

Steady Hamster - a smaller-scale project written for PC Linux users.

 

Text Entry Utilities

Text Entry Utilities

These utilities enable people to enter text sentences who would be unable to with a traditional physical keyboard. Some utilities will assist dyslexic gamers too. Some allow for switch access too.

Ability Net have an excellent guide to On Screen Keyboards and text entry utilities for PCs.

Click-N-Type is an On-Screen-Keyboard with a predictive-text facility.

You will find more help at Able Gamers and the Game-Accessibility.com On Screen Keyboards forum thread.

Wanted

Wanted Accessible Gaming Equipment.

Most Wanted list for Accessible Gaming Gear. Features the OneSwitch wish list, and other individual's unfulfilled wants.