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Important! Before you go out and buy an expensive screen reader, visit the software section on

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Important! Please read this before checking out the many great links to games we feature.

1) Most accessible gaming websites offer demos of their games for you to tryout for a few days. These game demos donít give you full access to all the game features and only will work on your computer for about 15 days (usually). I have however come across a few gaming websites that do not give you this option. You should not buy any game that you canít tryout first. Accessible games are very sensitive to how you have your computer set up and if you donít have the right software installed on your computer, or the right hardware you might not be able to play the game at all, so thatís why it is important to try them out first be for buying! To the best of our knowledge, all the gaming websites that we link to have game demos, but if one slipped through or you find another website not listed on this site, then be careful about making sure that the game has a demo version.

2) Some games will support a traditional analog joystick or a game pad. Donít do what I did! I thought that all games for the blind would support game pads so I rushed out and bought one. While I like my game pad and some games work great with it, most games I have come across do not support this feature. That means that you have to play using the computer keyboard. Donít get me wrong - you can make the keyboard work ok, but the game pad is really great.

3) Many games have whatís known as a self-voicing feature. This means that you donít need to have a screen reading program like JFW to play the game. While this is a great feature, it means that you must unload JFW or your other screen reading programs before running the game or you will probably have to turn off your computer and start over.

4) You must also make sure that you have the right type of sound card installed in your computer. You need to have whatís known as a multi-channel sound card. This means that every sound card has a specific channel for MIDI, PCM (wav,) and for CD Audio. When the PCM channel, (the channel which is used for sound effects and Screen readers,) is split in to multiple channels the sound device is multi-channel. However, when only one PCM, (wav) channel is on a soundcard The card is a single-channel card. Since the PCM channel, CD audio channel, or MIDI channel are on completely different channels, they won't interfere on a single or multi-channel card, but since a game, wav file, or a screen reader all write to the PCM channel at the same time multiple PCM channels must exist or one or the other will get cut out.

5) You should know that games for the blind are not just simple games for people that canít see and so canít play a ďreal computer gameĒ. In fact, these games are just as hard as some of the best the sighted world has to offer!

6) While you can play all the games with your computer speakers and/or your home theater system, it is recommended that you use headphones. This is because you must have a perfect sense of where things are spaciously, in order to be able to play the game with any accuracy. You should be prepared to spend from $35 to $50 for a good set of headphones. Again, while headphones are not 100% necessary to play the games, they will really enhance the gaming experience!

7) Now that Iíve said all that, enjoy finding and trying out new games!

Joey Stuckey

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No matter who you are, we all use music to relax, inform or groove to! Please support the blind community by purchasing music by blind musicians. Your support can make the difference in someone's career! Below, you will find links to music sites that offer some really great music. Go on, check them out! Who knows, you just might discover the next Ray Charles!

Music Links:

  • Joey Stuckey - a blind musician with an insightful vision.

  • - webcasting tomorrow's music today.

  • CD Music Lesson - you too can play music!

  • Cameron Strife

  • Key Sounds - Creators of innovative music related products.

  • Litehouse Music

  • - Scott R. Garrigus' DigiFreq - Free music technology news, reviews, tips and techniques!


  • Sound Forge 6 Power - a guidebook for this popular audio editing program.

  • Rick Boggs - The information provided here is intended to assist persons with visual impairments with all important aspects of developing successful careers in digital audio production. This information contains the most recent data provided by Rick Boggs, a totally blind professional audio producer in Los Angeles.

  • Electronic Musician Related Sites - Lots of good electronic-music related websites are listed here.

  • - Advice and guidance on setting up and tuning Windows XP for professional audio applications.

  • Listening Booth - Audio Dramas

  • ToneWise - Important! If you want to use soft synths or other plug-ins, make sure that you get a VST "wrapper". A VST Wrapper takes a VST plugin and creates an identical DirectX version of that plugin. Why would you want to do this? So that Sonar, Sound forge, and other host applications can see it and use it. Try Directixer - it's shareware. Be sure to check the "use generic interface" checkbox for each VST plugin you wrap with it.

  • The New International Manual of Braille Music Notation

  • P.J. Muir Productions

  • has an audio newsletter (Podcast) that will keep you up-to-date with cutting-edge audio and midi recording technologies.

  • Indie Bible - 8,500 places to promote your music.

  • - Dancing Dots adapts and develops technology solutions for blind musicians and those who educate and support them. Scan printed scores, listen to results or convert to Braille music notation. Play your musical ideas into your PC. Convert to print notation, Braille score or audio CD. Braille music courses/educational resources. They resell a wide range of assistive technology such as JAWS as well as mainstream notation software and audio production hardware, software and accessories.

  • GOODFEEL Braille Music Translator - Are you a blind singer or instrumentalist who needs to have braille scores quickly? Are you an educator or rehabilitation professional serving blind musicians who has no time to learn to be a braille music transcriber? GOODFEEL can help you. GOODFEEL automatically converts several kinds of music files to braille - the same files used to print the score for sighted players. To prepare and transcribe these files with GOODFEEL, you do not need to know how to read braille music; however, you should know how to read print music notation and how to use Windows-based software.

  • Clone Ensemble - really cool music plug-in site. All of the programs are available in versions that will work with screen readers. To get the blind-friendly version just email the owner at:

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Click here for some example setups of Music Gear and Music Software. This comparison was done by Joey Stuckey for Dancing Dots to compare some of the most popular music software, hardware and related gear for blind computer/musician/users.

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