My eye-sight is good enough, but I prefer playing with sound enabled because of the audio feedback for various actions. I really hope that Blizzard will develop this more to give visually impaired/blind players better ways to enjoy this game too.
This is both amazing and humbling. Well done, and thank you for reminding me to be grateful. I can't say that I ever thought about people with sight issues other than colorblindness playing the game. I hope James continues to inspire and that Blizzard will help him and others like him by improving the games accessibility for people that have different abilities.
What a guy, ty! You are with us, ty! wowhead for this post.
I had the opportunity to party with James in a few random dungeons. I think he was running a Shaman or Paladin at the time and healing. We were running Mechagon and unfortunately I think his toon got caught near the start after a few wipes and we had to go back a few times so he could follow us. It was an interesting experience. It almost seemed like a spam to chat as he introduced himself as being blind, follow this twitch channel, to talk to him in twitch rather than chat, etc. at first. We were sort of like "What the heck is this, this is different, I wonder if it is a bot?" if this was more like old wow, I think I would party with him more as you can build a rep, people can get use to you and your way of coordinating in dungeons, but aside from some reddit posts, I forgot what his name/toons were. I hope he is having fun and just be patient if you party with him. He can certainly heal you but you do need to guide him around some of the tricky parts of the dungeons. Thanks for highlighting him!
What a golden nugget, great work.-And an amazing choice of interview!
This is so amazing! My niece is legally blind. She was in her early 20's when it happened. I was worried for her at first, but, like you, she has never let it hold her back. She paints, she re-finishes used furniture for resale and maintains a completely self sufficient life. I used to be afraid for her and now she's the person in my life I worry least about! You remind us all that we can reach higher with a bit of determination and a lot of hard work. Thank you for sharing!
Amazing, as someone with 30% sight/vision this really inspires me! Keep up the good work and lots of respect to you!
Very interesting to readHope in future Blizz will add more interface options that'll help people with special needs
I really hope this gets the attention of someone at Blizzard. I am in awe of what James has accomplished and I hope that Blizz continues to make the game more accessible.
I've been following James for a while now. Was actually the one who put him out there after an interested party heard i knew a fully blind player who streams. I myself am 30% hearing loss and have bad eyesight as well, which is nothing compared to the rest of my guild who are a higher % of deafness. Just want everyone to know that if you are told/don't think you can do something, you can. If you know someone struggling due to hearing loss, vision loss, missing limbs, know that there are ways for you to overcome obstacles and still able to enjoy this game. That being said, James is an amazing guy, go check him out! :) Glad hes getting some recognition and able to restore some hope in others with similar disabilities.
Amazing. Glad to hear about players with disabilities playing the game and having fun.
Nice interview. Reminds me guy Hexu, which blind killed Deathwing HC back in cata, don't remember if he had interview here 2010/2011. Big respect to these guys and good old Kephas!