i am once again asking for video games with wheelchair using protagonists that arent relying on the same dozen ableist tropes i've seen all my life

"we can't add wheelchairs to (game) how will they get to (important location)?!" is not the defense you think it is

(this is more "lamenting out loud" but if you do know of any i'm all ears)

@rats A small example, but one of the (many) chefs you can unlock in Overcooked! is a wheelchair-using raccoon: . (All the character designs are cosmetic, they all move around the same from a gameplay perspective)

@firewally thank you for the suggestion! raccoons are. too cute and i love them so much :bun_lurkaww:

@rats It's a very fun series, especially if you have someone to collaborate with / yell at

@rats there are characters in wheelchairs in Overcooked iirc 😋

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I haven't played any of these, but I've been keeping tabs on disability representation in games for a while, because I think it's neat and we need more of it.

In "Extreme Meatpunks Forever," a visual novel about antifascist mecha, one of the playable characters uses a wheelchair.

In "Figment," a pet-raising game, your character customization options let you have a wheelchair.

Both of those games were in the June 2020 bundle for racial justice and equality, in case you bought that.

"Super Wheelchair Boost" is a platformer where you play as a hero with a super boosted wheelchair that can jump.

"Wheelchair Basketball VR" isn't by wheelchair users, but it looks like they put a ton of thought into making it accessible and realistic by talking with real wheelchair basketball players and the game's history.

You can keep an eye on the wheelchair tag in itch to see if any more games show up, with the warning that some of them are going to be ableist:

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@frameacloud super comprehensive, thank you :) it's cool to see a VR game in that list.

Quite a bit of a tangent, but I've done a lot of daydreaming about a wheelchair powered locomotion system for VR (some sort of treadmill like system for each tire, translating the forwards/backwards movement of each tire into movement in game), but i certainly don't have the hardware/software skills to make that happen. I know of 'traditional' treadmills that do the same, but i feel like a manual wheelchair's ability to turn in place is underrated :) VR is really fun, & I'd love to see more accessibility tools made for it. (currently my big game changer is OVR advanced settings, which lets me move in VR with hand movement + a keybind, which i use for upwards/downwards movement. mentioning it just in case it's useful to you or anyone else reading)

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Your idea sounds really cool! I hope sometime you'll find some folks with those skills to team up with to make your idea into a real project.

@rats I am idly reminded of my own thoughts of making a horror game with a wheelchair-requiring protagonist, where inaccessibility makes some navigation difficult.

It was going to be based on my own fears/experiences regarding evolving society/technology leaving disabled people like me behind.

@Taylor ive seen so much "disability horror but the disabled person is the horror" that this sounds infinitely refreshing. its a lovely idea, and even though i don't enjoy horror (i can't even handle the spooky vrchat worlds sometimes, haha) i like this idea a lot :)

@rats I can't handle horror either!
But I'm fascinated by it from a design perspective, and the way strong atmosphere can work. I'm not interested in delivering scares in ideas as much as... well, atmosphere.

The idea was about how transhumanist tech could become a fashion for the able-bodied and someone like me, that would *benefit* from it, cannot get it. So if anything, the horrors would be able-bodied people (with robot tech) instead.

@rats Munch's Odyssey has a character that uses strategically placed wheelchairs in-levels to make land accessible to him as a semi-aquatic creature, but I haven't played that game since I was a kid so I'm not sure if it falls trap to ableist tropes.

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