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Deaf Teen Video Game Launched in September

An innovative online choose-your-own-adventure (CYOA) called Deafverse World One: Duel of the Bots launched September 10th. Designed just for deaf teens, it helps build confident and vital self-determination skills. Players involved use sign language and it is also closed captioned. 

It’s a pretty cool concept. It’s a dark and stormy night and a mysterious mechanical creature suddenly appears. You team up with a robot sidekick, and help to capture another bot that is wreaking havoc in your small town. Can you speak up for yourself, stop the menace and save the day?

Deafverse was created just for teenagers and was designed, written and engineered by deaf creators, software engineers, artists, and researchers at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, a national research center committed to helping deaf Americans succeed after high school. It’s based on the theory that deaf people can tell great stories through video games. Deafverse captures common scenarios experienced by deaf individuals in life.

It utilizes Jason, a deaf storyteller who brings his energy and motivation with his showcase of beautiful ASL and Visual Vernacular. His tip? Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help! The deaf actresses, Violet and Enza, share the mysterious ride with players. Their pro-tip: Think carefully about the situations you face everyday. Always be confident. And be friendly, you will be treated the way you treat others. Download the strategy guide to get started today!