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The Pegasus Dream Tour promotional image.The collection Gaming Disability: Disability Perspectives on Contemporary Video Games co-edited by Katie Ellis, Mike Kent and Tama Leaver is currently in production and forthcoming from Routledge. This collection has been a while in coming, held up by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are delighted that the full manuscript is in the publisher’s hands and it should be available online and in print in the second half of 2022.

Here’s the Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: Gaming (and) Disability by Katie Ellis, Tama Leaver & Mike Kent


Part One: Representation

2. A History of Disability in Video Game Character Design by Jennifer Dalsen
3. Dis/abling Androids: Gaming, Posthumanism, and Critical Disability Studies By Mark A. Castrodale
4. Outliers as Heroes: Disability, Representation and Inclusion in Blizzard’s Overwatch By Kai-Ti Kao and Denise Woods
5. The Dis/ability of the Avatar – Vulnerability versus the Autonomous Subject by Simon Ledder
6. Crashing through Capitalism: Happy Wheels, Debilitation and Disability Representation by Leanne McRae
7. A Missile to the Face Scarred Characters in Mass Effect 2 by Gabriele Aroni
8. Representations of Ability in Digital Games by Diane Carr


Part Two: Digital access and Design

9. A Spectrum of Real: Augmented Reality and Social Scaffolding by Craig Smith and Heath Wild
10. Towards Inclusive Game Design by Patricia da Silva Leite and Leonelo Dell Anhol Almeida
11. The Ultimate Medium for People with Disabilities? Re-Centring the Human in Virtual Reality Visions of Play, Care, and Empathy by Marisa Brandt, Mitchell Reddan, and Morgan Kiryakoza
12. The Sociological Accessibility of Gaming by Michael James Heron
13. A Life-course Analysis of Third-age Digital Game Players in China by Chen Guo and Katie Ellis
14. Gaming with Blindness in Audio Virtual Reality: Making BlindSide by Mike Kent, Michael T. Astolfi and Aaron Rasmussen


Part Three: Inclusive Communities

15. A (dis-)abling gaming model for playful inclusion: Playing (digital) games with persons with and without learning difficulties and dis/abilities by Gertraud Kremsner, Alexander Schmoelz, Michelle Proyer
16. Online Games Players in Darkness: A Study of the Blind Gaming Community Tingyou by Huan Wu
17. Pokémon Go and Urban Accessibility by Kathryn Locke and Tama Leaver
18. Crip Twitchology: You’re already one of us by Katie Ellis and Lachlan Howells
19. Minecraft as an Online Playground: Reframing Play and Games in a Minecraft Community for Autistic Youth by Kathryn E. Ringland

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