Dark Souls Player Beats The Game Using Only His Voice

Dark Souls Player Beats The Game Using Only His Voice

By any measure, Dark Souls is a difficult game, but for whatever reason, hardcore fan bearzly always wants to make it harder. He's beaten the game with Rock Band's drums and guitar, as well as Donkey Konga's bongo set. His latest feat involves putting down controllers entirely.

I'm still flabbergasted by the whole thing, honestly, and can't quite believe my eyes (or ears).

"After finishing Dark Souls with a bunch of Rock Band controllers," he wrote on reddit, "it was about time to drop the physical controllers and play the game with 0 hands and a microphone. This run was suggested to me many times and I never knew if it would be possible, but after someone showed me a program that did the hard work of voice recognition for me I had to give it a shot."

There's a tool called VoiceAttack that can translate voice commands into keyboard presses, which allowed bearzly to control certain aspects of his character. In order to perform his heavy attack, he says "heavy attack." To use an estus flask, he says "item." You get the idea.

It's not instantaneous, either. There was roughly a 1.5 second lag in-between speaking the command and having something happen on the screen, forcing him to plan well in advance.

But 30 hours and 485 deaths later, he'd defeated Gwyn and saw the credits roll yet again.

"By far the hardest run I have completed," he said about his latest challenge.

No doubt, buddy!

It's hard to imagine how bearzly would be able to top this one, but I'd love to see him try.

"I doubt I will try anything more insane than this," he said, "but I'm open to suggestions."


    The only challenge now is to beat the game without playing it.

      Someone will create a Bot like sethblings MarI/O to basically play constantly and learn as it plays. Now that'd be interesting to watch

    Meanwhile I put Dark Souls back on my hard drive (for a quick play through) the other day, got up to the Taurus demon and got killed by a second of over confidence, then quit and went back to Witcher 3.

    after seeing this, I think I may now reassess my life !

    Has he done a DDR mat yet? Easy compared to some of the other options, but much more physically tiring

    Some people have physical disabilities, like missing fingers or arms, having poor eye sight or hearing problems. They like to game just like anyone else, but sometimes controller inputs just do not favour them.

    I use to struggle with tapping one button at a very fast rate, say more than 4 taps per second. Though most games don't require that sort of speed, sometimes quick time events require you to button mash to do something, like say when two fighters are locked sword to sword.

    Those sorts of things would be near impossible, I'd need to get a friend in to do just that bit.

    There are all sorts of control schemes though for people who don't have full functionality. Voice recognition is just one method, modified controllers, with things like turbo, thumb sticks moved, that sort of thing are also options.

    I don't think a person should be limited in gaming because of a physical issue. Sure, it won't be easy for them, and some genres are more natural than others to do, but be careful about saying what someone cannot do. :-P

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