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'Marvel's Avengers' Game Will Include Wheelchair-Using Character

What to know: On Thursday, the designers behind the upcoming “Marvel’s Avengers” revealed the new video game will include a character who uses a wheelchair. The third-person action-adventure game will include the non-playable character Cerise, one of the super-powered Inhumans in the Marvel universe. To realistically portray Cerise, game designers hired Cherry Thompson, a wheelchair user and accessibility consultant, to do motion capture.

Representing disability in entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all solution. … Our goal is to normalize representation within our game world by reflecting the diversity of the real world. — Meagan Marie, accessibility advocate at Crystal Dynamics

The frontlines: Like in other forms of media, many video games don’t include characters with disabilities, and often the games themselves are difficult to play because of the design. “Marvel’s Avengers,” however, worked to make this game more accessible in addition to including a character with a disability:

  • “Marvel’s Avengers” is designed with a high-contrast user interface to make the game easier for those with low vision or who struggle with difficult or distracting interfaces
  • The game’s controls are completely remappable
  • Other features include “character-associated subtitles, campaign-relevant closed captions, and HARM Training Rooms”

A Mighty voice: Our contributor, Mollie Miller, explained that disability representation impacts how people act in the real world. “The key to understanding people — in this case, disability life — is freely welcoming immersive experiences and deliberately connecting and communing with neighbors who may look, think or feel distinctly dissimilar from us.” You can submit your first person story, too.

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How to take action: You won’t be able to get your hands on the new “Marvel’s Avengers” game until Sept. 4, but you can pre-order it here and read the full story about its accessibility features here.

Header image via Marvel’s Avengers/Twitter