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Eye Gaze Games

Eye Gaze Games

 

Levelling the playing field for eye gaze gamers

CURRENT STATUS: Public Release (some games/activities/features in BETA)

Smiling face of boy using eyegaze

Giving everyone the chance to win!

Eye Gaze Games is an exciting new games website we’ve been developing with Sun and Moon Studios and Earth Interactive. It's a place where people can play free and accessible web games together on a level playing field.

We want the site to be accessible by as many eye gaze users as possible, so it's been designed to be compatible with as many eye gaze cameras as possible. If you can use your eye gaze camera to control a mouse cursor or make a mouse click, then you can use it on the site.

Each game gives players the option to play using two different onscreen interfaces - larger onscreen targets or more precise control. There’s a step-by-step setup wizard to help you create an interface tailored for you, and the eye gaze settings can be adjusted at any time via the Settings cog. Click here for more information on the eye gaze options and controls.

There's action games such as Mole Miners (a marble popper game) and Eye Drive (a racing game) plus some popular board games that have been requested by many of the people we work with, such as Checkers, Chess (as featured on the BBC), Sudoku and 4 in a Row. More games will be added as the site develops. 

Online leaderboards allow you to compete against other players around the world or you can play directly against others 1v1. You can also play against the computer at a range of difficulty levels or take on friends and family on the same device.

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Why eye gaze?

Eye gaze technology lets you control your computer using eye movement alone, and we’ve been using it for over a decade directly with people with disabilities, building up a wealth of specialist technical and practical knowledge on the way.

Although much of our work involves helping people to play mainstream games through the creation of controllers and interfaces, there’s now a global need for games that are accessible for a wide range of eye gaze users. This website will meet that need by creating a global eye gaze games room.

We also want the site to be a model for developers that highlights the additional enjoyment that can be gained from making their games eye gaze accessible.

screenshot of settings screen

Can I play another way?

Although Eye Gaze Games has been aimed at filling a need for eye gaze users specifically, we want as many people as possible to be able to join in and enjoy the games.

At the moment there are settings to allow players to play using mice and assistive mice (for example head mice, joystick mice or other devices for moving a cursor), an accessibility switch (auto scanning) or switches (manual scanning), or a touchscreen (iOS, Android and Windows). We intend to continue adding more control inputs such as keyboards and gamepads. We also want to add more accessibility options for these and across the site too.

Selection of board games

Why web games?

We chose to focus on web games played in a browser to allow as many users as possible around the world to play them on their eye gaze systems, even using a lower spec computer.

We also wanted to minimise set up, avoid downloads and reduce software incompatibility.

The generous backing from our supporters enables us to make these games available to play for free.

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For developers

We won’t be adding games made by other developers while we’re building the site.

We are, however, considering future plans to create resources for developers to help implement eye gaze into games which could be donated and added to the site.

Headshot of James Howard

For James

Eye Gaze Games is dedicated to the memory of Google Executive James Howard, a passionate supporter and the inspiration for this global project.

Our heartfelt thanks go to his devoted family and friends whose support was invaluable in laying its foundations.

 

Thanks to our partners

Sun and Moon logo Earth Interactive logo

Thanks to the amazing team at Sun and Moon Studios and Earth Interactive for being fantastic co-developers of Eye Gaze Games.

For more information, contact info@specialeffect.org.uk

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