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Visually Impaired Gamer Sues Sony

Visually impaired gamer sues Sony Online on GameSpot reports on a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Central District of California against Sony, Sony Online Entertainment, and Sony Computer Entertainment America alleging that Sony is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to make its games accessible to visually impaired gamers. Word is:

The suit also specifies the ways in which other companies have made their games accessible. For instance, Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft allows the use of third-party mods in its game, which has led to the creation of several programs to include accessibility aids in the game. The suit also mentions Pin Interactive's action adventure PC game Terraformers, saying high-contrast 3D graphics modes, an audio compass, and voice-over detailing items collected in the game all serve to make the game more accessible.

Beyond the denial of entertainment, the suit also contends that Sony's actions have caused visually impaired gamers a financial loss. Because Sony runs an official auction site where gamers can sell their in-game items for real money, the suit says Stern's inability to participate in that marketplace is costing him money.

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