You know those movies where martial artists learn to fight without sight? Kickboxer comes immediately to mind, as does Kenshi from Mortal Kombat who does not seem to need physical sight to see like the rest of us. Would you believe there is someone in real life who can play games without... not sight, but eyes?
Meet Toby Ott. He is a 27 year old man who has been playing games since he was five. He enjoys the arcades and loves fighting games like Mortal Kombat and fantasy RPG games like Final Fantasy. Sounds like most of us, right? Except he was born with a rare condition called bilateral anophthalmia, which basically means he was born without any eyes.
This feat is even more amazing when you realize how much Ott has to endure just to enjoy his favorite games. He has to be guided through the menu systems and the initial button configurations until he gets the hang of it. Final Fantasy X took him about 8 weeks just to work out navigation menus. How's that for perseverance?
How does he do it? With fighting or shooting games, like Duke Nukem and Doom, he takes sound cues to determine where he should be aiming at. He uses his hearing to the max, almost into supernatural heights if you will, to determine where the danger is in order to eliminate it. This is so inspiring, that it makes me want to blindfold myself and play Resident Evil 7, just to appreciate the one thing we all take for granted so many times. Kudos to Ott for this amazing accomplishment.
Here's a documentary done by Berk Icel on this fantastic champion.