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Blind gamer inspires all with Abe's Exoddus runthrough

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Many would assume going blind means putting down the controller for good, but one 23-year old Oddworld fan has proven all it takes is a keen ear and the patience of a monk to keep the game alive.

Rendered completely blind by the age of 10, Colorado Springs student Terry Garrett recently caught the attention of the team at Oddworld Inhabitants after submitting a video that showed him completing a near-perfect run of PS1 hit Abe's Exoddus, relying on the game's sound design and a small amount of guidance from his brother.

Understandably stunned, Oddworld featured Garrett in a front page interview on its website, accompanied with a video version posted below for your viewing (and listening) amazement:

According to Garrett, the feat took a month to perfect and involved documenting every last sound effect and audio cue, from the slap of Abe's feet to the subtle shuffles of on-screen Sligs. In his interview with Oddworld, he explains, “I have a great sense of the minds eye. Once I know what is in an area and how they are laid out, I can make a real time picture of what is going on in front of me just through sound. even in 3D. If this is hard to picture I know, I can't explain it better than that.”

Garrett's expertise doesn't end with Abe. Asked what other games he prefers to play, he added: “A game where I shoot you before you shoot me doesn't interest me at all. It has to have a time line, and some hard actual puzzles to solve (require some actual intelligence to pass). Such games other than Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus that fall into this category are such games as Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Metal Gear Solid, and the Mario series, however, not all these games contain the sound design that enable me to play.”

You can read the complete (and completely fascinating) interview at Oddworld.com

Feb 22, 2011

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9 comments

  • LTS - February 23, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    Daredevil plays video games?
  • rabidpotatochip - February 23, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    In the emotional roller-coaster of gaming news this is definitely an up.
  • PistonFistin - February 23, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    I love hearing about stuff like this. Huge props to the guy.
  • db1331 - February 23, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    They just told him he beat it.
  • Revanofsith - February 23, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    Wow. This guy is a beacon of perseverance. Props.
  • therawski - February 23, 2011 5:15 a.m.

    My friend has been blind since birth and I love playing tournament fighters with him, he can still kick my ass sometimes too so don't ignore this - and on a side note LG must not care about the deaf and hard of hearing communities because they think the American's with Disabilities act is a fun way of saying we can sue sony for anything.
  • erreip199 - February 23, 2011 2:55 a.m.

    Is he the same blind guy who beated ocarina of time?
  • Shenlong4517 - February 23, 2011 2:48 a.m.

    Props to him, I can't imagine the patience it would take to be able to bring myself up from blindness to actually be able to complete a full game.
  • Hellhog - February 23, 2011 2:26 a.m.

    Amazing, just what he is studying, I have been studying aerospace engineering and I can't even fathom the idea of doing it blind, and yet he is doing that plus the watching him play during the interview, impressive. Truly superhuman.

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