Blind Gamer Beats The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Ashley Allen / 5 years ago
Blind gamer Terry Garrett has spent five years trying to complete the N64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, a task he finally achieved in the last few days. Garrett is an engineering student at the University of Colorado, set to become the school’s first blind graduate, and has ambitions to become the first blind person in space.
Garrett has previously proven to be adept at completing 2D games, having beaten Abe’s Oddysee already, but wanted to challenge himself to finish a 3D game. Garrett began the endeavour, as documented on his YouTube channel, on 8th May, 2011. He uses stereo speakers positioned close to him to determine the position and movement of enemies and his fairy companion Navi, relying on save states with an emulated version of Ocarina of Time for trial and error. He explains his process in the first video of the series:
“After about 5 years of working on this series,” Garrett wrote beneath the final YouTube video. “I have finally uploaded the entire play through first! A totally blind person completing Zelda Ocarina of Time, with just walkthroughs, helpful vids from fans, and save states. It has been long in the making, but I have finally accomplished my goal! Who knows what is next! Thanks for all those who have stuck with me through this series even after it seemed like I was giving up.”