Audio driving game for the blind

It sounds like something of a non-starter, but three MA students have come up with a driving game for the blind.

The music technology students from Utrecht School of Arts have been working with the Bartimeus Institute for the Blind and have developed a game called Drive that ranslates the visual aspects of racing into sounds.

The aim is to drive a test vehicle as quickly as possible while overcoming aural objects in your path, such as the irritating comments of backseat driver Bob. There are no visuals onscreen, just the game's title, so players are entirely dependent on audio clues for success.

The students decided to develop Drive because of the lack of exciting games for blind players, who are normally relegated to memory or adventure games that aren't so dependent on graphics.

A website promoting the game has been set up to allow players around the world to compete with one another. High scoring players can enter their names on the site. The game is available as a free download from drive.soundsupport.net.

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