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grrrly
02.26.2013 , 05:58 PM | #8
As someone who has epilepsy, I'm glad to see this issue highlighted, and some suggestions for resolution posted.

Some people may read this and think the issue is no big deal as it will only affect a small group of people. But it is important to realise that, when exposed to this type of stimuli, even people with no past history of epilepsy can experience a seizure.

Warnings on game boxes etc are all well and good, but how difficult would it be for game developers to not use strobe lighting effects in the first place? It's not something that is essential for game play. I understand it would be impossible to remove every single visual stimuli that could potentially trigger a seizure in someone who is extremely sensitive, but the obvious ones like strobe effects and rapidly changing images could easily be avoided. A lot of game developers are now trying to make their games more accessible to people with disabilities - epilepsy should be a consideration here.