Blind Gamer Uses Sound to Beat Video Games

| April 11, 2011 | 2 Replies

For people who say “that can’t be done” this story is for you. Just because you may be handicapped in some way should never stop you from pursuing your dreams, and those dreams can become true if you put your mind to it. I hope this story inspires those with disabilities to chase those dreams. I have personally played Zelda before, but even with both eyes I could never beat it. Terry Garret is blind and he beat the game by sound alone. Kudos to you Terry! You have inspired me, and I hope inspired others to never give up. Let us know what you think below.




You’d be hard-pressed to find a gamer who couldn’t hum a few bars of the theme music for Nintendo classicThe Legend of Zelda. (It’s in your head right now, isn’t it?) But, one uniquely talented man uses the game’s sounds–and nothing else–to navigate through fan-favorite Zelda title The Ocarina of Time. But, since he’s blind, Terry Garrett really has no other choice.

A profile on descrbes how Garrett went blind at age 10, but still learned to play the classic action/adventure game Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee with help from an older brother. The audio design in the game–where every footstep, enemy, and action makes a recognizable sound–lets him map out the game to the point where he can get through it without dying.

Now, Garrett’s working on finishing The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. Friends help him research the game, and supplements with walkthroughs that help him know what to expect. Aside from the incredible focus Garrett exhibits by picking out every sound in the game, it’s also impressive that he’s able to hold all that information in his head without visual fallbacks (arguably even more impressive than playing chess blindfolded).

Source: Techland

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Born and rasied in Marietta, Georgia. I am a gadget freak. I Remember playing with Tandy computers in the 70′s. I built computer systems in the early 90′s before Windows really got out on the market. I really enjoy technology and seeing how it has changed over the decades. My first cell phone weighed close to 10 pounds (back when pay phones were on every corner, and people owned beepers.) Devices I have owned include: Windows Touch Pro, Palm Pre, and the HTC EVO that I use daily.

  • The Tabe says:

    Wow awesome story Michael! Good find!

  • Terry Garrett says:

    Hey guys, Just found this article, and thanks for putting it up. if you want to keep up with my gaming, please follow me on youtube, channel name is MegaTgarrett, or find me on face book under my name. thanks again for posting this article, keep gaming!