19-year-old blind video gamer plays by sound - can beat most of his friends at Mortal Kombat and other games

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • January 27, 2013 at 4:05 p.m. PST
19-year-old blind video gamer plays by sound - can beat most of his friends at Mortal Kombat and other games We have seen a slew of remarkable individuals in the gaming community over the years and this kid is just that; remarkable. 19 year old Ben Breen was born 4 months prematurely and because of that, he lacks the ability to see.


Relying solely on sounds from the games while using intense concentration and muscle memory, Breen has taught himself to play games such as Mortal Kombat 9, Soul Calibur 5 and Rock Band. He states that he can defeat his friends at fighting games by remembering the sounds of the characters and their moves.

Below is a bit from the article to get you started.

‘I have completed a few story modes, Soulcalibur V and Mortal Kombat 9's to name two. I can also beat my friends consistently at Rock Band, since I’m not distracted by the flashy graphics!’ he jokes.

'I play games with sound alone, which is a lot of fun to show sighted people. I don't let my condition stop me playing a game, and if I have to get sighted friends help to play a 3D game like Duke Nukem ( a first-person shooter), then I will, as I love not only playing competitively, but also blowing things up!

'I urge any gamers who are blind or visually impaired to look into all the equipment options available and see what’s right for them, in terms of situation, price tag and usability.

'I think that blind gamers should try, particularly with music based games, with the normal peripherals and then if they want or need adaptations, alternatives should be available.’

Be sure to read the rest of Ben's amazing story on DailyMail here.

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