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Ubisoft Backs Hearing-Disabled Gamers With Subtitles Initiative
Ubisoft Backs Hearing-Disabled Gamers With Subtitles Initiative
September 10, 2008 | By Eric Caoili

September 10, 2008 | By Eric Caoili
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Ubisoft says it's committed to deaf and hard-of-hearing gamers, launching a new initiative that promises to include subtitles in all of its games produced in-house.

According to the company, this commitment entails modifications to some of its game engines, as well as the inclusion of subtitles in the conception phase of game development.

Ubisoft says it's also aiming to include subtitles in projects already well into production, when technically possible. Far Cry 2, Prince of Persia, and Shaun White Snowboarding will be the company's first games to feature the subtitles.

Ubisoft will also partner with non-profit Handicap International to launch Handigo, a serious game created for the organization's AbilityTogether charity campaign.

Handigo’s objective is to educate users of all ages about the difficulties encountered by disabled people on a daily basis, and of the realities of disability in today’s world.

The title features three mini-games, each representing a different impairment which puts the player in the shoes of someone with a physical disability, a sensory disability, or learning difficulties.


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Maurício Gomes
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Nice, this make me like then even mroe, I hate games without subtitles, I can not understand properly sometimes things in my own language, and to make things worse I am not a english speaker, and I learned how to read and write on my own, I do not know how the words sound...

Jason Pineo
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This is good news indeed. I am hearing-impaired and even though I can usually hear the spoken content, sometimes I just can't. Sound effects and music can easily overwhelm quiet or accented voices, especially in cutscenes where the separate speech/music/SFX volume controls don't work.



Even better would be full captioning (that indicates key sound effects as subtitles)as an option, so that deaf and hard-of-hearing players don't miss out on these often-important gameplay and ambiance components.

Bradley Olson
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Great idea. The lack of subtitles has been a problem I've always had with ubisoft products.


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