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Blind gamer completes The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Nearly five years after starting the game.

A blind gamer has completed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - nearly five years after starting the Nintendo classic.

Terry Garrett began his playthrough of Ocarina of Time on 8th May 2011 with the launch of a YouTube series designed to show he was capable of completing 3D games as well as 2D games (he'd previously finished Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee).

Garrett, who studied engineering at the University of Colorado, uses in-game sounds to help navigate the virtual environments. Left and right-hand speakers placed directly in front of him signal where sounds such as those made by Link's fairy companion Navi, nearby enemies and weapons striking walls, come from. Playing an emulated version of Ocarina of Time, Garrett uses save states for quick trial and error progression.

Garrett explains the process in the video, below, during which he takes on Ocarina of Time's Deku Tree level.

This set-up, coupled with his own impressive knowledge about the game and advice supplied by viewers, fuelled the near five-year playthrough. It's all chronicled in video form on Garrett's YouTube channel.

Some of Garret's most popular videos showcase him playing through Ocarina of Time's notoriously difficult Water Temple.

In the video, below, uploaded on 2nd January 2016, Garrett defeats Ganon in Ocarina of Time's final battle, completing a journey he began back in 2011.

"It has been long in the making, but I have finally accomplished my goal!" Garrett wrote in the video description.

"Who knows what is next! Thanks for all those who have stuck with me through this series even after it seemed like I was giving up."

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