Rock Vibe, a Musical Computer Game for Blind and Sighted Gamers, Gains Notable Support on Kickstarter

Rock Vibe on Kickstarter - An Electronic Musical Game for Blind and Sighted Gamers: If you like the game, please donate on Kickstarter, or spread the word about Rock Vibe and feel free to post this video wherever you like. Vibe is a computer game that's similar to Rock Band and Guitar Hero, but it uses vibrations instead of a screen to tell players when and which buttons to hit. The game was designed so that it can be played by both blind and sighted gamers. I've been working on Rock Vibe since 2008 and need funding to finish the game. This is the Kickstarter pitch. — by TheRupaDhillon on November 22, 2011 to Gaming (211 seconds)

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — Rock Vibe, an accessible rhythm game for blind and sighted gamers, launched its campaign on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter on November 21, 2011. Since then, it has gained notable backers from the video game industry, including Alex Rigopulos, CEO of Harmonix Music Systems, the company that develops Rock Band, and an artist from Sledgehammer Games, one of the companies responsible for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. If Rock Vibe reaches its funding goal of $32,000 by January 20, 2012, Rock Vibe’s development will be completed, and the game will be donated to organizations that work with blind children.

“Rock Vibe will allow visually impaired and sighted gamers to play an enjoyable computer game together,” says Rupinder Dhillon, the creator of Rock Vibe. “Currently, games developed for blind gamers don’t create the environment for this. Oftentimes, they’re too simplistic for sighted gamers.”

Unlike traditional video games, Rock Vibe uses vibrations delivered through a wearable electronic device to tell players when to press buttons on a Rock Band instrument, computer keyboard or MIDI controller. Rock Vibe also provides a talking interface that can be turned on or off, allowing blind gamers to navigate the game without a screen reader.

People who donate to Rock Vibe on Kickstarter before the January 20 deadline receive rewards, including the Rock Vibe computer game and the option to add a song to the game. For Rock Vibe to receive funding, it must meet or exceed its fundraising goal of $32,000.

Rupinder Dhillon began development on Rock Vibe in 2008 with Molly Landau and Troy Allman at UC Santa Cruz. She served as the team leader, programmer and game designer. The team’s research on Rock Vibe has been published by the Association for Computing Machinery and presented at Games Beyond Entertainment. To learn more about Rock Vibe, visit or contact Rupinder Dhillon at 530-713-1581.


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