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Now blind can also play videogames. Researchers have developed ‘video-less’ 3d games that rely on sound instead of sight to allow visually impaired players to experience the joys of digital gaming.
The game has been developed through technique known as binaural recording to construct an immersive, audio-only world.
The technique involves fitting a dummy with tiny condenser microphones that mimic the way our ears naturally hear sound. Each scene in the game is recorded using this method and the result is a more realistic, three-dimensional experience. Players rely on their aural senses to navigate through levels as there are no graphics.
The latest game in this genre has just been launched by a team of creative developers in france. They used a crowdfunding campaign to raise more than 31,000 pounds to turn their demo into a functioning prototype.
Christened as blind legend game, it follows the story of a knight, who has lost his eyesight and journeys through a forest to free his wife from her violent kidnappers.
The main character’s movements are controlled using a touch screen, so players move their feet or their sword through simple swiping motions on their phone. The screen remains dark at all times.