Blind man excels at video games using sound
Video games can be difficult. Some so much so that yours truly, after failing miserably, refuses to play certain titles ever again. That said, many gamers are fortunate enough to have the gift of sight to help them traverse the various levels imagined by the creators of games.
One man, Terry Garrett, blind since age 10, not only plays video games, but excels at playing certain titles using only the game’s sound. In particular, Garrett is extremely good at playing Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee.
According to Wired,
“Garrett lost his sight in 1997 at age 10. That same year, his older brother brought home Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. Entranced by the game’s charming narrator, Abe — a Mudokon slave with his lips sewn shut — Garrett set out to make his way through Oddworld’s danger-filled settings.
Although he couldn’t see a single image on the computer screen, he could hear the sounds — footsteps, voices, music. At first he couldn’t figure out what all the noises meant. Frustrated, he tossed the game aside. But he came back again. And again.”
Not one to be defeated by the game, Garrett is now skilled enough to beat the game and has his sights (no pun intended) on beating another game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Garrett plays the Nintendo 64 title on his PC with an emulator and a controller for the Xbox 360. Through intense study of the game which included listening to friends play and questioning them on aspects of the game, Garrett can make it to the Water Temple, almost halfway through the game, without any assistance.
How impressive do you find Garrett’s video game playing abilities? Have you played either title Garrett enjoys? If so, were you able to beat either?