In recent years, the demand for providing subtitles for video games as increased. Without a doubt video games have come a long way in the last ten to twenty years. In fact if you look at a video game such as Space Raiders, not only have the graphics transformed, but also the complexity and interactivity of newer games. With this of course comes the question – “What can we do to make video games accessible to everyone?”
With the advanced graphics of video games, we have also seen an advancement in the storylines, speech and dialogue for video games. With the growing popularity of gaming, it is imperative they are inclusive; players with disabilities such as hearing loss or vision loss should be accommodated in order to enjoy the games as much as possible.
According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss (approximately 36 million are children). With such a vast number of the population affected by hearing loss, including subtitles for all video games in the form of closed captioning (to include off screen sounds imperative to the plot as well as dialogue) is imperative to ensure that play is as inclusive and enjoyable as possible.
It is important to note that subtitling isn’t solely beneficial for those with hearing loss. It is also useful to all players. Voiceovers (or video dubbing) is used for many different languages but this also should include subtitles for the corresponding languages. Having video games translated, via voice over and subtitling is also imperative for optimum game play.
Other advantages include the access to important information without having to listen to the entire dialogue, the ability to play a game with the sound off and to aid hearing when playing in a noisy environment.
As with all video and media subtitling services, video game subtitles should be easy to read. This means following some simple guidelines:
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