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Stop Inn Jan 5, 2022
Gaming

Irlen Syndrome – An Xbox Accessibility Journey

Written by Stop Inn. For as long as I can remember I’ve found solace in the world’s we are granted safe passage to through our gaming consoles. From an early age, and indeed one of my earliest gaming memories, it became second nature to flit between the exploration of the vast, winding labyrinths of Super […]

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Oraclea Dec 29, 2021
Blog

How Forza Horizon 5 Put Accessibility into the Driver’s Seat

Written By Oraclea Forza Horizon 5 took home several honors at the 2021 Game Awards, including the award for Innovation in Accessibility. The award is a great honor for Playground Games, who made accessibility one of the core pillars of the game’s design, and whose efforts have been rewarded with one of the highest accolades […]

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Fifthpaw May 12, 2021
Community

Gaming, More Than Just a Hobby

Written by Sensei Sensible Gaming. It’s a past time that is undertaken by many people but not always well understood by those that don’t partake in the hobby. A video game to some is just a waste of time, a negative influence on our youth and the reason society is doomed. Well possibly not the […]

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Fifthpaw Apr 13, 2021
Community

Gaming Can Help You Find A Community You Belong In

Written by Colormericky Hey everyone, Reading Mr Enoky’s submission to the Xbox Ambassadors Blog earlier last month encouraged me to share my story too. Just like Mr Enoky, I have dealt with anxiety and depression as well. It has been a struggle these past few years but finding the Xbox Ambassadors program again and gaming […]

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Fifthpaw Mar 8, 2021
Community

How Gaming Saved Me From Darkness

Written by Mr Enoky My passion for gaming started back in 1995 when I first played on an arcade machine with my brother and a cousin where we played Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. That experience was out of this world for me and even though we couldn’t finish it, the sensation was breathtaking. But back in […]

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Fifthpaw Feb 10, 2021
Community

Writing Unlocked: Submitting a Community Blog

This blog was an Xbox Ambassadors community collaboration by Pandy Yato, CamicaziBoss, Jaydotremy and Oraclea The Xbox Ambassadors Community Blog has been a part of our program for several years now- in fact, it’s been a part of the program for longer than many of us! From its early days to now, it has given […]

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Fifthpaw Jan 12, 2021
Community

The Xbox Ambassadors during COVID19

Written by whiteandshiny Hi everyone, I normally go by whiteandshiny but to my friends I’m known as Rob! Many of you know me from the Xbox Ambassador events that myself and Eden2032 have hosted at the Microsoft Store in London. Obviously because of the COVID-19 pandemic there hasn’t been an opportunity to host another event […]

Fifthpaw Dec 21, 2020
Community

How HyperDot Became a Pioneering Effort for Gaming Accessibility

Written by Oraclea While watching the 2020 Game Awards, I observed that a new category had been added this year- Innovation in Accessibility. The nominees included four releases by larger studios, as well as HyperDot, a game developed by just one person. I played HyperDot quite a bit in 2020, and thoroughly enjoyed the sleek […]

Fifthpaw Dec 10, 2020
Community

A Brief History of Gaming

Written by THE EDGE1970 and Pandy Yato For many of us in the gaming community, the love of gaming started young. My first console and memories of gaming were of the SNES, the game that grabbed me the most was Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and I would spend hours immersed in […]

Fifthpaw Nov 19, 2020
Community

The Best Xbox Games to Play with Family

As we rapidly approach the holidays, for many of us, family time will soon be in full swing. However, in a year unlike any other in my lifetime, this is bound to take many different forms and shapes. Have you been with your family inside, for an extended period? Finally, able to see them again? […]

Fifthpaw Nov 13, 2020
Community

World Kindness Day 2020

Written by Eden0032, Xbox Ambassador Community Champion Despite many people around the world being superstitious of Friday 13th, this time around there’s a whole new meaning to it: World Kindness Day Falling on Friday 13th November 2020 (today!), the day has been running annually since 1998 with the aim of promoting kindness globally. It was […]

Fifthpaw Oct 22, 2020
Community

Education in Video Games

Written by Jaydotremy. Class is in session. The clock strikes 3pm. A group of children excitedly enter a classroom with a wide variety of computers, tablets and phones. The teacher at the front of the room seems to share in their excitement. With a big smile he says “Good afternoon class and welcome to The […]