We Just Have to Be Creative About It: Pac Founder Joins REPOD Hosts to Talk Accessibility and Immersive Gaming

https://roomescapeartist.com/2023/05/30/s5e7-sina-bahram-inclusive-design/ May 30, 2023

On May 30, 2023, PAC Founder Sina Bahram joined hosts David Spira and Peih Gee Law of REPOD (Reality Escape Pod) for Episode 7 of Season 5 of their podcast, "The Widest Audience Possible: Sina Bahram, Inclusive Design Consultant."

The episode forms a fascinating discussion about immersive gaming, Sina's background and what lead him to working user experience and design, inclusive design and its profoundly beneficial (and often surprising) outcomes, escape rooms and puzzles, why and how multi-sensory user experiences are not automatically inclusive, how incorporating accessibility and inclusiveness into design - especially within immersive gaming experiences like escape rooms - is a fun, creative challenge for designers that can be hugely rewarding professionally and financially, and much more.

David Spira, co-host of REPOD, is an expert in the immersive and escape gaming genres. He is co-founder of several organizations including RECON (Reality Escape Convention), which he describes as "an escape room and immersive gaming convention for industry professionals and players," and is President and Co-Founder of Room Escape Artist (www.roomescapeartist.com). Co-host Peih Gee Law is also certainly an expert in immersive gaming, having gained notoriety as a fan-favorite contestant on both "Survivor: China" and "Survivor: Cambodia." According to her Instagram bio, Peih Gee "...was on Survivor and now [podcasts] about Escape Rooms & Immersive Gaming." She is also an artist who in creates jewelry as well as watercolor and ink mixed-media paintings.

Sina brought his unique lived experiences, expertise, and perspectives to the episode. Together, he, David,and Peih Gee highlighted the importance of inclusion and accessibility to user experiences, as well as the innovations happening in inclusive gaming and design, drawing attention to the exciting opportunities for creativity and change in these arenas.