Using Scratch to create accessible PC games

Hey everyone!

I am planning on putting on a virtual workshop for our state OT conference in October. I am doing some background research on different sites that let you use block coding to create a PC game with “space” and “enter” inputs for switch use. I have been using Scratch currently. If anyone out there has any background with stuff like that, I am an OT myself, please feel free to reply back.

Thanks!
Matt Arizona Chapter Leader

Maybe not a perfect fit, but certainly related: https://tarheelgameplay.org/

This probably fits the bill too: https://arcade.makecode.com/

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Thanks @MMC_Jake for the websites. I am familiar with Tarheel and use it extensively in our classrooms. I will look into the arcade.makecode.com site.

Yay!!! I love scratch and make accessible games for my kids on it frequently. They recently added the ability to integrate a Microbit into the code which let’s you have an easy physical interface to your games. Similar to the Makey Makey but lower cost. You can integrate the accelerometer from the board to navigate the x,y plane in Scratch as well as the A/B buttons.

I also made a little project using the Gemma MO to make a finger tip glove game that triggers button presses when finger opposition happens. Here is a quick video.

Microbit Makecode also has block based programming and can connect to Bluetooth on your computer or tablet for additional functionality.

There is also a British company: Help KidzLearn that has many simple single and two switch games: https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

I personally, would love to have a “hackathon” day where we get together and make Scratch games that are single our double button accessible. Let me know if this is something interesting you would like to collaborate on?

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Thanks @loretodalt! These are great resources. I will look into it. I think having a hack around creating accessible games and controllers would be super fun. Shoot me an email and we can set up a time to look into this further.

mlevac2315@gmail.com

Thanks,

Great! I’m sending an email now!