A couple of weeks back we posted the story of Gareth - the man plays games despite not having the use of his hands. Now we've been alerted to the story of Terry Garret, who has been completed Abe's Exoddus multiple times, despite being completely blind.
As you'd expect, Terry's process of playing video games is completely unique, and it makes for fascinating reading.
First the movement of Abe himself is critical. He has a set number of footsteps per screen (running or walking). He makes a sound when he steps, sneaks, runs into a wall, pushes on a wall, hops, or pulls up on a ledge or just jumps up in place.
When I start each screen, it was to listen to see if I could hear a chat orb, a Slig, a mine, or a buddy to save, which always make noise. There are even sounds to tell you that there is a Slig in the next screen over, so not to just run in like an idiot.
When I need to find a lever or door to go in, or ledge to pull up on, I go step by step, pushing either control or 'up' in each spot until I find it. Then I remember the number of steps to find that ledge again. Sometimes, this is in the same room as Sligs or other things that kill me, which makes the save state so useful.
I can try the same screen as many times as I want until I get it, without having to do a whole section over again. Also, the sound is vital for other parts. chant orbs make a humming sound so I can tell they are there, the blinking bombs are better done by sound anyway so I am a master at those.
The creatures make noises, the spirit lock shakes and makes noise, and (most excellently) the motion detection beams even make noise when they touch you, which in a lot of games they don't worry about, but I am so glad you guys did.
Finally; the music. I know when the music gets scary and ominous, something bad is near me. As soon as the big drum-beats and dramatic music start, I know I am either going to die, or I better get my butt moving before I die. Even when I am invisible, the music changes after I lose the invisibility so I know I am not invisible anymore.
Truly incredible. We recommend checking out the entire interview, along with footage of Terry actually playing, at the Oddworld website here.
Thanks to Koz for alerting us to this.