Colourblindness and Games (that's color-blindness for our US friends) Keywords: colour, color, colourblind, colorblind, colour-blind, color-blind, colour blind, color blind.
About 1/20 people have some form of colourblindness. The ratio is much higher for men than for women. It is about 1/12 for caucasian males, 1/15 for asian men, and about 1/20 for african men, but only about 1/200 for women. The joys of genetics...
In any case, there are a lot of us who don't see colours "correctly", and it often seems this is overlooked by game publishers. There is no particularly bad publisher, I hasten to add!
What is needed? Use of different shaped pieces in addition to different colours. Choice of colours that actually considers colourblindness, rather than... how do publishers make that decision? Distinct symbols, rather than colours. No tiny coloured glyphs on cards! Patterned backgrounds, instead of flat colours...
Hopefully this list will help show both the problems faced by colourblind gamers, and throw up suggestions for improvements. I also hope to assist colourblind gamers with their purchases, or to at least show how games can be modified so we can play them.
Like I said: over-ambitious!
Gamers, designers and publishers who want to discuss colourblindness are very welcome at the Colourblind Gamers Guild.
Please help! Add your comments and where possible, photos!
If you have modified a game, or had difficulty playing it, please comment. If you are unable to play a game, then that is very useful information: publishers should be told, designers need to think about it, and other gamers deserve a warning.
There are lots of people with worse colour vision than me, and I don't want to give a false impression. And of course, what works for me (red/green) will not necessarily help someone with a different colour deficiency. So if you disagree about anything I have posted, jump right in.
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