BlindSide: The First Invisible Video Game

An assistant professor named Case wakes up next to his girlfriend after what initially appears to be a power outage. Except that they have inexplicably become blind and monsters are taking the city. This scary set up is the beginning of BlindSide, the first video game for visually impaired people containing 1000 sound effects and pieces of dialogue.

Aaron Rasmussen, one of the creators, was inspired to start the project after he had an accident in chemistry class in high school. With his former Boston University colleague, Michael T. Astolfi, he decided to use crowd funding platform to develop it. In december 2011 they had collected over 14,000 dollars.

The game can be played in PC, Mac, iPhone or iPad. And it has a huge potential market: 33 million gamers in the U.S. have some kind of disability, according to charity organization Able Gamers Foundation. We’ll see how it performs during the holiday shopping season.

About the Author

Ana Fuentes
Columnist for El País and a contributor to SER (Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión), was the first editor-in-chief of The Corner. Currently based in Madrid, she has been a correspondent in New York, Beijing and Paris for several international media outlets such as Prisa Radio, Radio Netherlands or CNN en español. Ana holds a degree in Journalism from the Complutense University in Madrid and the Sorbonne University in Paris, and a Master's in Journalism from Spanish newspaper El País.

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