Star Wars: The Old Republic named AbleGamers' Game of the Year

Charitable foundation celebrates EA BioWare MMORPG for incorporating accessibility features like colorblind options, full subtitles, and control options.

by

Star Wars: The Old Republic was released too late in 2011 to be eligible for consideration in most Game of the Year awards but not all. The AbleGamers Foundation today named the massively multiplayer online role-playing game the recipient of its Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year award.

The Old Republic earned some light-side points for its accessibility options.

According to the charity, "Each year, the AbleGamers Foundation looks at all of the mainstream video game titles released in a given year for the best use of accessibility in a game. Recipients must demonstrate excellence in accessibility by including options that allow for gamers with a wide range of disabilities to fully enjoy the game."

The Old Republic stood out from the crowd because it was a high-profile release with options for colorblind gamers, full subtitles, and various control options at launch, the organization said. It specifically noted that larger releases have a habit of omitting such options or patching them in well after the game's release.

The AbleGamers Foundation is a public charity with a stated mission of promoting accessibility in games "so that people with disabilities can gain a greater quality of life and develop a rich social life that gaming can bring." More information is available at the group's official website.

Discussion

58 comments
JeffreyCor
JeffreyCor

Great, a really bad game gets an award for being accessable to disabled. So disabled should only get bad games? Come on now! Being accessable, but really bad, is a slap in the face. For this to get any GOTY award it must have been a really slow year for games.

JeffreyCor
JeffreyCor

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

slimskelter
slimskelter

@JTrockin You're welcome, JT. Keep rockin you rock star. And, you shouldn't call your own post the dumbest you've seen. That's just anti-rockstarism, JT. We should all learn to love each other and ourselves likewise. I'm going to give you a thumbs up to help with your self appreciation. Go get em soldier!

JTrockin
JTrockin

@slimskelter This is the dumbest post I've seen in a long time. Thanks.

slimskelter
slimskelter

@Anigmar I'm not knocking the game itself or gaming period, just MMOs in general. I have my own afflictions too. All respect, but ... Kids, don't do drugs ... and MMOs. But, if your going to do one, choose drugs, because you'll at least meet interesting characters out in the real world.

JusADude11
JusADude11

Some of you posters need to re-read the article because its not your average GOTY award. I doubt many of us can acknowledge what a disabled person would need in a full fledged game to make it fun for them, but obviously this has done it for them initially and not without being patched in later..give kudos where its due.

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

I think TOR is pretty average. Then again, maybe I'm just getting older.

Sakina
Sakina

i wish people would stop hating so much .i myself dont like swtor much due to the over resemblance to W.o.W ish gameplay.Im more looking foward to mmo like blade and soul/terra online/Gw2. But so much hate going toward a game that clearly acheived what it wanted to is getting tedious. if you like it play it. if you dont like it well...

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

@syafiqjabar I didn't miss the point at all. The merit of the award is just that, SWTOR has the best accessibility for disabled players among games last year. My comment was not related to the award but rather the way the news of the award portrays SWTOR. There is already great polarity in opinions for SWTOR and controversy surrounding whether it will succeed. One major criticism involves the UI, an accessibility issue. The news of the award coming at a time like this unfortunately stirs up in some, like myself, the feeling that SWTOR is inadequate. I am sorry if it sounded like I was putting down the award.

CocaColaNinja
CocaColaNinja

It really deserves it. Its a pretty boss game

shnull
shnull

when i was playing the beta i was more like : Look, it's another mmo's and this one looks like star wars developed to run on middleclass pc's as well, think i played it for about four hours then got dc'd. Didnt even bother, just uninstalled. Must be a fan thing i guess

jackctu
jackctu

Don't knock it till you tryed it?

tx47e
tx47e

GOTY is an overstatement

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

So a game gets praised for being accessible to the disabled, and people complain because they hate it. Is this what evil sounds like? I wonder if these are by Americans, because it would explain the baffling protest towards healthcare reforms that have been a staple of less 'advanced' countries elsewhere in the world.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

@Unfallen_Satan Wow, talk about missing the point. This is an award given by a group for disabled gamers, not the ESA, BAFTA or MTV.

iloveyourface
iloveyourface

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Ometh I think those complaints are leveled against its , not its accessibility features.

alex_1889
alex_1889

Bringing awareness to a game that caters for those less abled isn't something to critisise. You morons, who rant and rave about this award being bought, or other features in the game lacking, are an absolute waste of time. Do yourselves a favour and develop a little humanity.

supergp17
supergp17

The fact of the matter is, I'm pretty drunk right now..

Ometh
Ometh

This article is about Bioware making something accessible to people with disabilities, yet all I hear is "SWTOR is like every other MMO" and "hurp durp SWTOR the same durp durp". Are you people for real? lol. Some of you are nothing but dirty panty stains on the gaming community.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I don't know if this news is good or bad. I mean, greater accessibility is certainly good, but it also sounds like SWTOR isn't good enough to compete with the big boys for big rewards, so it gets a consolation price. It's not the actual case due to the timing of its release, but this news has this feel to it.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

@j0abell Exactly. I think they would have been better off donating the $200 million.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

For $200 Million dollars this game looks boring (its really sad to see two people fighting one foot away from another player and look like they arn't making contact.). You would also think this would end up looking a lot more like prey or masseffect than a cartoon.

wilson336
wilson336

A game of the year awarded in January for a game that was released in December of the year before and is already drawing concern less than predicted sales? I wonder how much Bioware donated to the AbleGamers Foundation to make that happen....

Anigmar
Anigmar

@j0abell Do you think that's funny? You don't like the game, good, express it but that reference was really mean.

voldalin
voldalin

These articles aren't even worth reading. Report some real news and stop with all of this worthless hype.

j0abell
j0abell

So that's who their target audience was. Suddenly it all makes sense! Ok, ok, thumbing myself down, now :p

Satan666HellDie
Satan666HellDie

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

delateur
delateur

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

smp13
smp13

@ripter_basic Did you even read the article? Please do so next time, as I'm guessing you did not. Anyway: Good on ya Bioware, and this is a good idea for a charitable organisation I haven't heard of before, so good on them too.

RIPTER_basic
RIPTER_basic

game of the year.. wtf.. so not, someone was bribed

toddx77
toddx77

Makes sense, this game is amazing and I'm glad EA made sure everyone could enjoy this game.

fatee
fatee moderator

@WolfGrey I have not mentioned any goals - and any goals there is to obtain/achieve are set by the game, be it story driven, character progression, you name it. So unless you goal is to quit the game, you'll find an endless supply of things to do and see, thats the entire point on an MMO and the entire point of why you are paying... what i'm saying is, that I actually like games that END. Games that are worth my initial money to buy the game, but require no monthly fee afterwards.

Anigmar
Anigmar

@slimskelter I would be more than happy having even the physical condition I had 5 years ago.I'm not a fan of MMOs and I played all kind of games until I couldn't anymore (playing Left 4 Dead 2 was great until people kicked me out of games cause I couldn't rush levels). But as I said no matter what the game is, if they have options that help people with any handicap play them, that's something I appreciate. This time is TOR, so good for it, but I'd write the same if it was Saints Row the 3rd or whatever. I just want people to understand that it's important to let developers know we value it so they do it in more titles. So if you don't like the game, genre or something I totally respect that but please don't bash the fact that it's accesible. And thx for wishing I was healthy again 8) Usually what I get in forums and game chats is 'fu if u cant play'

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@fatee Though they leave room for you to set your own goals.Which quite honestly is the entire point of a MMO which you seemed to have missed lol

slimskelter
slimskelter

F%!k MMORPGs! You might as well pay to be castrated. I'm sure Anigmar would gladly forget about this bull$!%t if he was blessed with his health back.

bonzibuddyxxx
bonzibuddyxxx

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

@Fatee, no matter how good the MMO is, it is doomed to be repetitition because it cannot reciplicate real life events being it is a program. You can only go so far with a program and example is WOW. It still Number one in my book but it is getting old in the tooth and Blizzard(very good company) is picking at straws trying to find that sweet spot again.

Anigmar
Anigmar

As a handicapped person finding games I can play is difficult for me, specially cause I've been a gamer my whole life (I'm 35 years old) and I won't take just any game (cough farmville sucks cough). I have lots of games I can't play anymore due to my condition's progression which saddens me too. Now after having said that I'm real happy with this article. I really wished there were many more games that took us in consideration, not changing their games of course, but just adding these options for people with some difficulties. I like the game, I play it (don't like EA though) and really thank the developers for giving me the chance to keep doing something I love, playing. 8)

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Wait it has control options? Seemed pretty limited to me. I couldn't even get away from the keyboard arrows / WASD tank movement. No controller support, or mouse click movement (BG2 style).

Triton
Triton

Congrats... way go 2011. Wonder what had the lead for 10-11 months until this came out.

Setho10
Setho10

Always good when a big developer like this puts aside the time to make the game accessible to disabled gamers.

fatee
fatee moderator

For me, MMOs are a tired genre; it doesn't matter how good they are as they follow the same old forumula: endless grinding and endless loot. So long as they keep it endless, and hence you from feeling accomplished, they will keep you paying with some twisted disillusionment that you will someday conquer the game. "that's just my opinion no need to go spreading it around or anything"

Adema83
Adema83

@jonleeprice Aww poor you not having the attention span to get past the starting zone and to see what the game realy has to offer. Haters will hate i guess.