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The story of Brice Mellen of Lincoln Nebraska is one of the most amazing ones you will ever hear.  Brice has been blind since birth and has used his 17 years to learn to play video games.  Well, he doesn’t just play them, he is regularly […]

The story of Brice Mellen of Lincoln Nebraska is one of the most amazing ones you will ever hear.  Brice has been blind since birth and has used his 17 years to learn to play video games.  Well, he doesn’t just play them, he is regularly beating opponents every day due to the skills he has learned over time.  Brice is a wizard at such games like Mortal Kombat and Soul Caliber 2 and cuts through his opponents like nobody’s business.  He regularly unnerves his opponents in the game center where he plays by turning around and playing with his back to the screen.  And then he cuts his sighted opponent down.  It shows you can do anything well if you work at it hard enough.

Blind since birth when his optic nerve didn’t connect because of Leber’s disease, Mellen honed his video game skills over the years through patient and not-so-patient playing, memorizing key joystick operations and moves in certain games, asking lots of questions and paying particular attention to audio cues.

  1. Daryl Herbert Friday, July 29, 2005

    I came up with an idea for a simple, generic interface between devices that would convey extra info to the blind and PC video games. The idea is that the interface would be very easy for video game developers to implement, so they could add it to existing games as an afterthought: http://darylherbert.blogspot.com/2005/07/video-game-tool-for-blind.html

    I’m not sure how well it would work (because I’ve never programmed anything remotely similar), but I think it should be feasible.

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