Blind gamer Terry Garrett plays it by ear

The next time you’re bitching about the difficulty of your latest videogame acquisition, let me simultaneously¬† humble and inspire you with the reminder that 23-year old college student Terry Garrett, who lost his sight at the age of 10, can navigate Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee and Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus with near-perfect precision by sound alone. Garret uses “sound landmarks,” like the whisper of voices, the pounding of a hammer or the shuffle of footsteps, along with quick save, to play through games I never beat even with cheat codes.

He’s currently working his way through The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and through a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Colorado, with plans to become the first blind astronaut.