I just came across this crazy web based game by impact. It reminds me a little of space invaders, but instead of just using directional keys to shoot the ships down, you type out the letters and words that show up under the invading ships.
If you want to give it a try, here’s the link. Be warned, the font they use isn’t dyslexia friendly at all, but it’s oddly fun to play. I have a typing speed of about 80-100 something words per minute, and it was a still huge challenge to me.
I had to stop playing, because it was starting to mess with me too badly. I have more work to do tonight, so I can’t turn the computer off just yet.
Anyway, I bring the game up because the stress that you feel as the ships appear is a lot like what dyslexic kids go through in school. The words also layer on each other, so it can get very hard to read them at first. I know my dyslexia factored into it, but I’m sure neuronormative folks would have issues with reading them, too.
The movement also factors into the difficulty level. Although the ships drift down and radiate to the sides, it’s the closest example I’ve seen to the odd twirl and vanishing act letters sometimes do.
Maybe if they experience a fraction of what dyslexics go through, they will have a better understanding of how hard we really work.
When I stop to think about it, the analogy of shooting enemy fighters down is a good one for the struggle with language. It’s a huge accomplishment once you get the hang of it, but the aggressors just keep coming day after day.
Although I’m sure the writers of the game didn’t have dyslexia in mind while they were putting it together, it certainly illustrates the point well. I wonder if there are other games that do something similar.
If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to check them out!
Space Invaders. Yes, this is what the game reminded me of.