The Game Awards Will Have a Special Audio Descriptive Mode for the First Time

By | December 6, 2020

The Game Awards 2020 is set for December 10, 2020, and for the first time in its history it will offer a special audio descriptive mode for those who are blind or low vision.The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley took to Twitter to make the announcement, saying “I’m happy to confirm that #TheGameAwards will have a special audio descriptive mode livestream on @YouTubeGaming for the first time. Accessibility matters.”

For an idea of what this will be like, we can point you to the work Ubisoft has done for such games as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint.

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For audio descriptive videos, a narrator describes what is happening in particular scene, while also ensuring it doesn’t interrupt the spoken dialogue happening in the trailer or gameplay.

For more, you can check out our look at how you audio transcribe an entire video game to better understand the process that goes into making this important accessibility feature possible.

The Game Awards will also feature a category of Innovation in Accessibility. The list includes The Last of Us Part 2, which we said set a new gold standard for accessibility earlier this year.

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