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‘We deserve to have fun too’: Visually impaired gamers cheer new software that lets them hear obstacles

Like many teenagers, SMU SCIS Alumnus Josh Tseng spent many hours during his adolescent years playing video games. However, he was robbed of this joy as his eyesight began to gradually deteriorate due to congenital glaucoma.

In October 2023, Josh whose vision is less than 5 per cent in both eyes, is one of two Singaporeans who were a part of a global group of test gamers for the JBL Quantum Guide Play software which uses advanced artificial intelligence to process in-game visuals, and translates them into audio cues.