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 Kickstarter.com 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.