Is it possible to learn how to play video games, if you were born with no eyes?
Today's video games - most of them are quite fascinating and complex product that can easily be compared to a movie, or even with a good book. But video games - it's fun especially visual, requiring the player to the one looking at the screen interface, read the dialogues and other texts, as well as contemplate the surrounding beauty. Can the blind from birth person to enjoy all of this? As it turned out, it can. Though not quite as sighted people do it.
The video you can see below, tells the story of 27-year-old boy named Toby Ott, who was born with a rare disease - bilateral anophthalmia or absence of both eyeballs. Such a deviation occurs in about one person out of 100 000. In the three years Toby mastered Braille and learned to read. To this day, he uses one of the first tablet models for blind people Humanware production company, allowing it to use a computer. In the case of the Windows operating system, it helps the Jaws software, and Mac OS built-in handy feature VoiceOver.
When Toby was 5 years old, he first learned what a video game, being in a room with arcade machines. It was then that the boy for the first time heard the sound Fighting Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. He is in that whatever was decided to learn how to play video games, even though that will never be able to see what is happening on the screen. Parents gave his son the game console Sony PlayStation, and he gradually began to sink into a completely new world for themselves. Not without the help of friends, of course. Because in order to understand the different game menus, Toby needed clues. A voice in the games menu is extremely rare (this was implemented, for example, Virtual Fighter).
With time, Toby so get the hand to play fighting games that began to win their friends, being guided solely by sound. Today, he plays games such as Injustice, the network against other players and very often out of the fights the winner. Help him in this multiple audio prompts and "beacons", submitted by the developers of the game. For example, when you find yourself near an interactive object in the arena, which can be used against an opponent, the player hears the distinctive sound. But not all games are so friendly to the blind gamers. While playing Doom Toby has to resort to the help of cheat codes. The only way it can be switched between levels and replenish your health, because the blind to find a first aid kit is quite difficult.
Very much like Toby Japanese role-playing games. At the moment he is gradually taking place game Final Fantasy X, step by step, exploring its location and defeating bosses. On one of the gaming bosses it took him a few weeks. But after much trial and error, Toby still prevailed over it. Again, read the on-screen dialogues, devoid of voice, he can not without help, so from time to time asks his friends to help with this. video games developers rarely do something to make life easier for blind gamers. Although there is much to do. For example, to build a game speech synthesizer for voice text dialogues. It is not so difficult, but it allows you to enjoy the game for hundreds of thousands of blind people around the world. Hopefully, the example of Toby Ott will push some of the developers to serious changes in this direction. By the way, there are games in which you have to be in the role of a blind man. On one of these games called Beyond Eyes I told you once already. In the near future the market will do is another similar game - Perception.