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Posted: July 6th, 2009, 5:48 pm
 
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The other night I was chatting to a friend of mine on Skype and she casually mentioned -- because she knows I play WoW -- that she was about to roll a character (Elfly) for the first time. Elfly had had an account for a while but had never been able to try it out while at university and now she has the whole summer stretching out in front of her. Yes, I suspect you know where this going, especially when she twittered a few hours later expressing her new-found love for Azeroth.

But there's a catch. Like me, Elfly is disabled. I'm a VIP (disabled shorthand for visually impaired person) and she's (in her own words) a blindy (shorthand for, well, a blind person). This means we play with our noses touching the screen and get lost. A lot. To give you an example for what the world (in-game or real) is like for me, nip to your nearest Azerothian tavern and quaff flagons of mead until you get completely smashed and the screen goes all blurry, alternatively just click here. Anyway, between the pair of us, we're so blind that we both think Blizzard should insert white canes and guide dogs in patch 3.3's game files. Though, given the game setting, maybe that should be an ornate white staff of sightlessness and a guide wolf?

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Author: SUPPORT@WEBLOGSINC.COM (Lesley Smith)
Category: addonsblind-playersdisabilitiesdisabilities-and-wowdisabledpatch-3.2patch-3.2-changespatch-3.2-ptruser-interfacevisually-impairedvisually-impaired-person
Publish Date: Mon, 06 Jul 2009 14:00:00 EST
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