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Twitch removes 'blind playthrough' tag in response to feedback from disabled players

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Blind people can still play videogames, as proved by Zoe Espinoza, the blind Mortal Kombat badass. But that's not what the "blind playthrough" tag on Twitch highlighted. Instead, it was used to collect streams where players went into games ignorant of their mechanics and story. That's now changed, and the tag has been deleted. As Twitch's director of community and creator marketing Erin Wayne tweeted, "You can still use “First Playthrough” or opt to use it in combination with "No Spoilers" for the same sentiment."

Steve Saylor, who runs the YouTube channel Blind Gamer and is also the media editor of the Can I Play That? videogame accessibility website, explained that "Changing the term "blind playthrough" is not SJW's being super sensitive. I've said this before, "first playthrough" is a better description anyway. I personally am not offended by it, but I do think it's a term that can go away. Language changes over time, so let it."

Steven Spohn, chief operating officer of the AbleGamers charity, had mentioned this and other uses of disability terms in different contexts in a thread, saying that, "Just as we used to say "gay" when something was bad, using disability terms as an alternate word for a negative situation or feeling is common in today's language But just as we stopped saying gay to mean bad, we can stop saying these words too".

Jody is that guy who will try to convince you to play some indie game you've never heard of with a name like Extreme Meatpunks Forever. He is also on a doomed quest to play every Warhammer game.