The Witness Is A Problem For The Color-Blind And The Deaf
Who would've thought such a seemingly inoffensive puzzle game could cause so many issues?
Braid designer Jonathan Blow's new puzzler The Witness is a critical success but it has proven difficult to play for a lot of people.
First are gamers complaining of motion sickness, due possibly to the FOV (Field of Vision) or the bright colors. Now, we're hearing that those with color blindness and hearing impairment will also encounter some problems: As reported by Kotaku, some players are having trouble differentiating between colors in certain puzzles. Editor Stephen Totilo Tweeted out an image, asking if color-blind individuals would have an issue, and the AbleGamers Charity Tweeted back a GIF that showed what the puzzle would look like for those with Protanopia.
Now, The Witness doesn't offer a colorblind option but the puzzles in question are optional. And Blow told Kotaku that unfortunately, there isn't much the team can do to deal with the color-blindness/hearing impaired problem:
"The approach instead was to ensure the game did not require you to complete any particular area to get to the end. Color blindness is only an issue with a fraction of the puzzles in the game, and our design focuses these puzzles in a small number of areas, so the workaround is just to skip those areas."
Geez. Well, the game is good, at any rate. Look for our review in less than 24 hours.
To those of you who are color-blind, can you see two colors in the brighter puzzle? Three in the other? pic.twitter.com/97i18dWyuf— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) January 27, 2016
Related Game(s): The Witness
1/27/2016 9:31:28 PM Ben Dutka