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After five years, blind gamer triumphs over Ocarina of Time

Terry Garrett wanted to beat the N64 classic to prove he could play 3D games, too

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

A gamer's five-year quest to beat The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is complete. The reason this is news is because Terry Garrett is blind.

Garrett, an engineering student at the University of Colorado, began his journey to beat the Nintendo 64 classic back in 2011. He plays the game mainly by listening, using two speakers in front of him so he can hear sounds signaling enemies, walls and the rest of the environment. It also takes a lot of trial and error, so he plays an emulated version of Ocarina of Time and uses save states to preserve his progress.

In the final video of his series, Garrett thanked "all those who have stuck with me through this series even after it seemed like I was giving up." Fans helped him when he got stuck providing walkthroughs, tips and other videos he could listen to.

Garrett took on Ocarina of Time to show that he was capable of playing and beating 3D games as well as 2D ones. The entire 30-part series is available at his YouTube page.