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Life looks so different while we’re in this pandemic. We’re all working together to stay home as much as possible, but that’s not always easy. You might be bored or struggling right now. Whatever the case is for you — Deafverse can be a productive distraction.

We at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) have developed an engrossing story for the game along with all sorts of situations that might appear in a deaf teenager’s life that you must navigate through. Additionally, we made the game from the start with accessibility in mind so that anyone can enjoy the game.

In World One, you must enter the Deafverse to meet your sidekick, Catbot, and rescue the Deafverse from another robot that has gone rogue! Along the way, you and Catbot will work together to resolve situations by advocating for yourselves and finding a way to keep the Deafverse in sync.

Are you warming up to the idea of playing the game for a few minutes? Don’t go alone, go with these 5 tips for how you can make the most out of Deafverse at home!

Tip #1: Deafverse is for Everyone

Deafverse is focused on deaf teenagers to encourage them to practice self-determination and self-advocacy. These two skills are essential tools for deaf people in navigating through crises and awkward situations that pop up from time to time. However, it’s not only deaf teenagers who can enjoy the game. Maybe you know someone who is learning American Sign Language (ASL), or a teacher who is finding ways to connect with their students. Deafverse can be a useful introduction to ASL for non-signers, and it offers a treasure trove of material for teachers.

Tip #2: Get a Boost from Your Backpack

The Backpack feature, released in February, offers replay value for players in collecting various badges, photos, and comic pages that they can find in the Backpack menu. Every collectible unlocks artwork, resources, and videos of deaf people sharing their experiences in school, community, and work. You gotta get them all, but most of all, don’t miss out on the hardest badge: the last one!

Tip #3: Try Out New Strategies

Have you been stuck with a dilemma in your life, and in need of ideas on how to approach it? Check out the downloadable Player and Teacher Strategy Guides. The Player Strategy Guide offers you fun prompts where you can write down your ideas and reflect on them, while the Teacher Strategy Guide is an expansion of sorts for teachers to use in their class!

Tip #4: Connect with Others

Deafverse doesn’t have to be a solo experience. You can share the game with your family and friends. You could also meet them online and play Deafverse at the same time with them while discussing the game!

Check us out on Facebook and Instagram. We’ve also got a Deafverse GIPHY library for you!

Tip #5: Take It Easy

Hours can go by in the blink of an eye with Deafverse! Be easy on yourself and your eyes by taking breaks now and then. If you want something else to do, check out the Deafverse Coloring Pages, enjoy the sun for a little bit, read a book, or check in on your loved ones for a chat.

That’s all of the tips we’ve got for you. We look forward to seeing you in the Deafverse, and we’d love to read your feedback in our inbox! Email us, message us on Facebook or Instagram, and let us know what you think of the game.

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