The blind teenager who plays video games by sound

The blind teenager who plays video games by sound

Ben Breen, a 19-year-old from Meopham in Kent, was born four months early, and as a result, was left blind from birth. However, he says it was his introduction to video games that really changed his life:

‘I went for a computer taster day at the Kent Association for the Blind, but whilst others were playing games like Unreal Tournament, I was introduced to a great title called Grizzly Gulch Western Extravaganza. ‘This was a simple sound-oriented 4-key adventure game aimed specifically at blind gamers, but for the time, it was revolutionary. I was so hooked by this Wild West epic that I bought it the next day. I began to learn how to use a computer with screen-reading software and from then on I was able to download all the demos I wanted and buy my own games. I turned to the Wii and tried tennis and realized that if my timing was within a certain window, I could return the ball without any major difficulty.”

Where most computer games represent ‘down time’ or a means of relaxation, for Ben, mastering a game requires intense concentration – combining muscle memory with incredibly-precise timing to make up for a lack of visual cues.-Full Story on DailyMail

The blind teenager who plays video games by sound

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