Terry Garrett Plays Through Abe’s Exoddus Blind
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As if we needed further proof that only the coolest people on earth play Oddworld Inhabitants games. Terry Garrett, a 23 year old mechanical engineering student, posted the above video of his playthrough of Abe’s Exoddus. Sounds humdrum, except for the fact that Garrett is completely blind.
“I have a great sense of the minds eye,” Garrett said. “Once I know what is in an area and how they are laid out, I can make a real time picture of what is going on in front of me just through sound. even in 3D. If this is hard to picture I know, I can’t explain it better than that.”
Though Garrett is an avid gamer, not all games have a sound design that allows him to play them without sight. Exoddus is one happy exception.
“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,” Garrett said. “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.”
Congrats on your achievement Garrett, you rule hard.