Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Real Sound: Kaze no Regret, A Game for Blind Players
It's incredibly heartwarming to hear stories about video game developers finding ways to help disabled people play their games.
One such awesome story that we wanted to share is about the retro game Real Sound: Kaze no regret. Kenji Eno, a Japanese video game designer and president of the development studio Warp created the game after finding out about blind fans who loved his game. Sega published Real Sound: Kaze no regret at an exchange for exclusive rights to the game. They donated a thousand Sega Saturn consoles to blind people.
In an interview with 1UP he shared his intentions for the game saying "I thought that if you turn off the monitor, both of you are just hearing the game. So after you finish the game, you can have an equal conversation about it with a blind person."
It was developed with a blank screen and relied on audio cues to guide the player through the game. A visual version of the game was released in 1999 for the Sega Dreamcast, but the concepts stayed the same. You relied exclusively on sound to get through it. It's basically an interactive audio book where the player listens as the story unfolds.
As a sighted person is this something that you'd be interested in playing?