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Madden NFL 17 adds colorblind filter, other accessibility options

Play art and passing icons easier to see for those who have trouble

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Last year, two NFL teams made the dumbest uniform decisions in the history of major sports: The Buffalo Bills wore all red and the New York Jets all green. Not only was this combination uglier than a fart in church, it was impossible for someone with typical red-green colorblindness (raises hand) to tell who was who.

Madden NFL 17 can fix that.

Accessibility settings new to the series this year will include adjustments to make the game more visible to the estimated 5 million Madden players with color-blindness. While no one is tacky enough to pull the Jets-Bills "Color Rush" stunt, this will be useful for seeing play-calling art, where routes are designated in red, yellow and blue, trouble spots for the color-blind. Color-blindness accommodations are also global to the whole game, meaning the field, player uniforms, everything is filtered through it.

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Another setting that looks like it will be useful for all gamers, to be honest, are the enlarged passing and action icons. Granted, they might overwhelm the action on the screen, but if you're a panicky QB who sometimes presses square when he means X, this can make those blink-of-an-eye decisions a little more certain.

Brightness and contrast settings are also included to help out gamers who need to see things more distinctly. There's much more about the settings, including where to find them when Madden NFL 17 launches Aug. 23 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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