A new partnership between Hookshot Media and the Family Gaming Database API brings detailed accessibility information to reviews and game pages on Nintendo Life, Pure Xbox and Push Square.
The initiative adds this important accessibility information to enable readers to make an informed choice about the games that work best for them. The accessibility information now appears on the Game Page, Reviews and provides additional ways to filter and find games. This extends to existing games and reviews previously published that are now updated with accessibility information where available, like in this Unpacking review
For example, the Pikmin 4 Game Page
both offer detailed accessibility information on Nintendo Life, along with a link to the in-depth report
on Family Gaming Database.
The Family Gaming Database’s accessibility data has been developed in collaboration with a wide range of experts, professionals and players with lived experience of disability. The database analysts review games against over 100 data points to check for effective features rather than just options in menus. For example, a game may offer subtitles, but are these of a suitable size and contrast to be useful for players?
Currently, the database has close to 1,400 games assessed and over 26,000 data points recorded. The partnership with Hookshot Media will further resource the work required and expand both the scope and accuracy of this dataset.
The database offers a complementary view of game accessibility to the tags of Xbox and PlayStation provided by game publishers. Our data is proactively updated and checked by experts and outreach to publishers. This means our coverage on old as well as new games is growing - and so will the information provided by Nintendo Life. This approach also leads to hundreds of conversations with developers every year to ensure accurate data, and often games add or enhance features.
“This is an exciting moment for the database,” said Andy Robertson, founder of Family Gaming Database. “Not only do we get to get this important information in front of readers of Nintendo Life and other Hookshot websites, but their support means we can further invest and expand our coverage of accessibility data. This partnership proves the value and ease of including this data on editorial sites and I fully expect this is the first of many partnerships.”
“We wanted to provide accessibility information for our readers,” said Anthony Dickens, Founder & CEO of Hookshot Media, “but do more than simply listing the settings a game offers. The partnership with Family Gaming Database enables us to highlight games that offer well-designed accessibility that makes a real difference to players. We also link to their full accessibility report for the full picture.”
Visit the Family Gaming Database to find out which games have already been assessed and visit Nintendo Life for the latest Nintendo news and reviews.
More About Family Gaming Database
The Family Gaming Database is a trusted authority in family-friendly gaming content. Founded by Andy Robertson, following the launch of the Taming Gaming book, the database provides detailed information on age-appropriate games, content ratings and gameplay dynamics. Its mission is to equip parents with the knowledge and tools needed to create a safe and enjoyable gaming environment for their families. It sees over 1M families use the information every month. For more information, about the site or access to the API, visit https://www.familygamingdatabase.com.
More About Hookshot Media
Hookshot Media Ltd based in Loughborough, UK publishes leading video game channels Nintendo Life, Push Square, Pure Xbox and Time Extension to an ever-growing international audience of readers, viewers and followers. Hookshot’s sites currently receive just over 30 million page views per month. Hookshot’s team is made up of expert contributors from around the world that provide informed and engaging coverage of the video games industry to an enthusiastic and passionate audience. For more information about Hookshot visit https://hookshot.media.