1st Edition

User-Centric Studies in Game Translation and Accessibility

Edited By Mikołaj Deckert, Krzysztof W. Hejduk Copyright 2025
    224 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This innovative collection makes the case for a push within the discipline to adopt user-centric perspectives on translated video games and their corresponding accessibility features.

    The volume demonstrates how audiovisual translation (AVT) and media accessibility (MA) involve decisions that can re-shape the gaming experience of players and other audiences.Contributions in the book outline this in two ways. First, they collectively provide an account of the prospects and challenges that come with user-centric scholarly inquiry in game translation and accessibility. Second, complementarily, they report on original studies and new exciting findings while adopting the perspective of global users. Taken together, the collection serves as a call to action to systematically advance research eliciting variable types of input from users who take advantage of translation and accessibility services. Such research will facilitate a clearer understanding of how particular decisions of translators and other relevant agents shape game reception.

    This book will be of interest to scholars in both translation studies and video game research, as well as those interested in media accessibility and media studies more broadly.



    List of Contributors


    01.  Introduction: A call for user-centric game translation and accessibility studies

    Mikołaj Deckert & Krzysztof Hejduk


    Part 1: Prospects and challenges


    02. The problems with the current taxonomies and definitions used in games studies and possible solutions: terminological unravelling for use in quantitative research on games, gamers and players.

    Ugo Ellefsen & Valérie Florentin


    03. Exploring research avenues in user-centric studies for minority languages

    Itziar Zorrakin-Goikoetxea


    04. Eye Tracking in Video Game Localization Player-centric Studies

    Dominik Kudła


    05. Accessibility as Game Culturalisation

    Paul Cairns, Christopher Power & Jen Beeston


    Part 2: User-centric studies


    06. Unveiling Nuances of Streaming Localized Video Games: The Case of Iranian Gameplay Streams

    Saeed Ameri


    07. Arabic Mobile Game Localizations: Gamer Profiles, Preferences, and Implications for an Immersive Gaming Experience

    Mohammed Al-Batineh


    08.  Persons with Visual Disabilities Play Too: Gaming Habits and Preferences

    María Eugenia Larreina-Morales & Carme Mangiron


    09.  Assessing personality traits and localisation testing skills through game-based decision-making and error detection

    José Ramón Calvo-Ferrer







    Mikołaj Deckert is Associate Professor at the Institute of English Studies at the University of Lodz, Poland. 

    Krzysztof W. Hejduk is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School of Humanities at the University of Lodz, Poland.