Update: Court Dismisses Disabled Gamer’s Lawsuit Against Sony

In October, a gamer sued Sony in the United States District Court for the Central District of California for failing to provide equal access to their goods and services to the disabled.  The gamer brought suit under the California Unruh Civil Rights Act and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

Siouxsie blogged about this case here.

Last week, the Court dismissed the case.  As reported at this link,

Andrew Stern does not have a claim against Sony under the Americans With Disabilities Act because he failed to allege the required “nexus” between its online role-playing games and “an actual physical place,” U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said in his opinion.

The Court also noted (as did Siouxise) that the plaintiff did not allege sufficient facts to indicate that he was an individual with a “disability” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

As for Sony, it is time they get some pointers on how to improve their games as well as consumer relations. There are games out there that are both massively popular and accessible.   Just look at Bioware’s Dragon Age.

Ars Technica reports that Dragon Age is the most accessible game of the year:

The main strength of the game is the number of options you have regarding your controls. This is crucial, [Mark] Barlet [the Editor in Chief of Ablegamers] says. “It is all about options. The more options you have, like re-mappable keys, mouse-only play, even mouse sensitivity settings—all of these options, along with some solid design principals like subtitles, means more gamers can play the game. Not all gamers will use them, but for those that need to use them it is good that they are there.”

“The industry is . . . becoming more open to the idea of accessible games”;  it is time for Sony to do so too.

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~ by siouxsielaw on February 18, 2010.

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