I’d really love to see Fractured take the accessibility route a little hard and make it easy for blind, deaf, and other disabilities to access this wonderful game. Seems sound and a screen reader (for gear and UI) would be highest for blindness.
I have discussed this before, but figured it would help to inform those who may not know about how blind people play D3.
For starters, the sound design is pretty solid, when using a headset, you can hear exactly which direction enemies are in relation to yourself, so you know which way to attack, each skill has a unique sound to it with some runes modifying the skills sound. For example, bash on the barbarian sounds different when adding the frostbite rune.
If you take the time to memorize these sounds you can identify everything your doing, as well as identifying your teammates location and what skill they are using as well.
As far as gear goes, every item in the game sounds different from one another, from a sword dropping on the ground to equipping a different shield, they all sound unique, at least the weapon classes do, all chests sound the same, legs, boots, and so on.
This is nice for sure, but I think Blizzard could do better, especially if they add a text to speech feature as a option that can be enabled or disabled.
Using a screen reader to navigate Reddit, using a Bluetooth keyboard to type this out.
I have decided to come back to D3 and figured some people may not know how I or other blind gamers play Diablo, so there you go.
I was hoping to do a greater right this season, but I have been grinding mk11 and bo4 so much I haven’t played D3 for a bit.
But, nothing stops the crusade, even blindness.sauce on Reddit D3 sub
He streams too so sited viewers can read the screen and let him know which gear to equip.
Again, I’d love to see Fractured be developed for disability access!
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