It Took Him Five Years, But a Blind Gamer has Completed Ocarina of Time

By Julian Benson on at

Despite being totally blind, Terry Garrett has managed to complete The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It's not been a simple task: it's taken him nearly five years to finish.

Garrett first started back in May 2011, posting a video showing a chair he had rigged with two speakers that split the game's left and right audio. Using the sound from the speakers he was able to navigate 3D worlds in games like Zelda. He had previously shown he could complete 2D games like Abe's Odyssey but wanted to rise to the challenge of 3D space.

Garrett used an emulated version of the game that allowed for quicksaving and reloading but that was the only concession. He didn't, for instance, skip through the notoriously difficult Water Temple section.

On January 2nd, 2016, Garrett posted a final video. This 30 minute video shows him defeating Ganon and escaping Hyrule Castle with Zelda, bringing an end to his five year quest:

"After five years of taping, with long breaks in between, I have finally beat Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time," Garrett says, signing off the last video of his mammoth undertaking. What an achievement!