Up Your Accessibility Game, Nintendo!

Pop Culture Uncovered

Hello again, dear readers! It’s been a bit since we here at Pop Culture Uncovered brought you a piece on gaming and the disabled community. Well frankly, I was hoping to not have to go off on a Dennis Miller-esque rant, but it seems that the Fates denied me that pleasure. Bear with me, because this may be a bumpy ride.

I’d like to take you back to last week, to examine an issue that was brought to our attention. A disabled programmer and designer named AJ Ryan recently wrote to Nintendo (via their page on accessibility concerns) about his difficulty playing the Splatoon 2 Testfire event on his Nintendo Switch. AJ was born with a musculoskeletal deformity known as arthrogryposis, which causes contractions in his arms & hands, making holding & operating a game controller almost impossible. Therefore, AJ taught himself to operate a controller with his toes…

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