Award-Winning Local Audio Game Developers make accessible games app

The team from Audio Game Hub Audio Game Hub is a set of eight one-of-a-kind arcade-style videogames that use sound and music as their primary interface making them accessible for those with visual impairments.

The mind behind this awesome project is PhD student Jarek Beksa. Before moving to New Zealand he worked on Speech recognition and speech synthesis at Polish Telecom. Jarek told us “During one of the usability study sessions one of the blind users said "Nobody makes games for us".” And an interest in audio games was born!

Jarek submitted his research proposal to AUT, who loved the idea from the very beginning. He says that AUT has been very open minded and supportive of the project.

What originated as a PhD research project at Auckland University of Technology was later released as a free downloadable games suite in April 2016.

The games have received excellent reviews, and also awards from the Play by Play Festival and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Following a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds Audio Game Hub will be expanding the range.

One of the games they will be working on in 2017 will be a "Blind Cricket" simulator. They plan to make it as real and as fun as possible - planning to record real sounds of balls, bats, stadium ambiances and commentators.

We’re really excited to follow what comes next!