Most people would assume that being blind means that an entertaining activity such as playing video games would be impossible, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Terry Garret dispels that notion when he completed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time after he started the game five years ago.
Garrett, who was an engineering student at the University of Colorado, began his play-through of the classic Nintendo 64 title back on 8th May 2011 through via a YouTube series. He had previously finished playing Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee and wanted prove that he could play 3D games as well despite the his inability to see, he just happened to pick one of the longest (and probably toughest) games ever made.
Terry Garret explaining how he plays without the ability of sight
Yet he proved that he could do it and his six-year journey to defeat Gannondorf, rescue Zelda and liberate Hyrule is quite impressive considering the notoriously intricate dungeons and bosses gamers came across in the game. His process for completing the game and navigating around the fictional world of Hyrule involved the use of in-game sound, using left and right-hand speakers that were placed directly in front of him, so for once the infamously annoying travelling companion/fairy, Navi, was useful.
Terry finally completes 'The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time'
He released his final video on the 2nd January where he finally beats the final boss, Gannondorf, thus completing his epic five-year journey. In his the video description he wrote:
“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”.
Truly a remarkable story.