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Amazingly Awesome: This gentleman is blind. He plays games by ear. April 7, 2011

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Wired has the way-beyond-awesome story of Terry Garret, a 24 year old guy who lost his sight at the age of 10. As he was listening to his brother play Oddworld, he became able to follow along perfectly just by listening.

“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.

Today, Garrett can beat the entire game, executing every jump and step with near-perfect precision. He’s honed his hearing to the point where he can recognize exactly which sounds refer to each object and act accordingly. He hasn’t memorized every level, but he knows enough about the sound design to beat Oddworld without dying.”

He’s currently working on Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I’m sure people have made it clear to him that the Water Temple is supposed to be that difficult.

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1. RyGuns - April 8, 2011

“He’s currently working on Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I’m sure people have made it clear to him that the Water Temple is supposed to be that difficult. ”
Lawl. Great blog, very funny.

2. rawrmaster - April 8, 2011

Thanks dude!


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