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Postby RugbyD » Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:36 pm

this kid can, which means you suck.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u ... nd_gamer_1

Blind Teen Amazes With Video-Game Skills By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jul 27, 5:25 PM ET



LINCOLN, Neb. - Brice Mellen is a whiz at video games such as "Mortal Kombat."

In that regard, the 17-year-old isn't much different from so many others his age.

Except for one thing: He's blind.

And as he easily dispatched foes who took him on recently at a Lincoln gaming center, the affable and smiling Mellen remained humble.

"I can't say that I'm a superpro," he said, working the controller like an extension of his body. "I can be beat."

Those bold enough to challenge him weren't so lucky. One by one, while playing "Soul Caliber 2," their video characters were decapitated, eviscerated and gutted without mercy by Mellen's on-screen alter ego.

"I'm getting bored," Mellen said in jest as he won game after game.

Blind since birth when his optic nerve didn't connect because of Leber's disease, Mellen honed his video game skills over the years through patient and not-so-patient playing, memorizing key joystick operations and moves in certain games, asking lots of questions and paying particular attention to audio cues. He worked his way up from games such as "Space Invaders" and "Asteroid," onto the modern combat games.

"I guess I don't know how I do it, really," Mellen said, as he continued playing while facing away from the screen. "It's beyond me."

Mellen knows this much: He started playing at home when he was about 7.

"He enjoyed trying to play, but he wasn't very good at first," said his father, Larry Mellen. "But he just kept on trying. ... He's broken a lot of controllers."

When the question of broken controllers comes up, Mellen flashes a smile and just shrugs.

"I used to have quite a temper," he said. "Me and controllers didn't get along very well."

Now they get along just fine.

While playing "Soul Caliber 2," Mellen worked his way through the introductory screens with ease, knowing exactly what to click to start the game he wanted.

He rarely asked for help. Once the game started he didn't need any help.

"How do I move?" an exasperated opponent, Ryan O'Banion, asked during a battle in which his character is frozen in place.

"You can't," Mellen answered before finishing him off.

"That's what happens. It's why I don't play him," O'Banion said after his blood-spattered character's corpse vanishes from the screen.

How Mellen became so good is a mystery to his father.

"He just sat there and he tried and tried until he got it right," Larry Mellen said. "He didn't ever complain to me or anyone about how hard it was."

Mellen hangs out any chance he gets at the DogTags Gaming Center in Lincoln, which opened last month. Every now and then someone will come in and think he can easily beat the blind kid.

That attitude doesn't faze Mellen.

"I'll challenge them, maybe. If I feel like a challenge," he said, displaying an infectious confidence. "I freak people out by playing facing backwards."

There's nothing he likes better than playing video games, Mellen said.

He will be a senior in high school next year. After graduation, he plans to take a year off because he wants a break from school.

When he does go to college, Mellen wants to study — what else? — video-game design
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Postby Madison » Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:53 pm

Wow 8-o . That's certainly something you don't hear every day. :-?

Kudos to the kid. ;-D
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Postby zergeR » Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:58 pm

Couldnt you just like....stand in the corner and shoot at him?
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Postby pokerplaya » Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:08 pm

Wow that is really incredible. ;-D
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Postby Irish » Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:17 pm

Uh.....have you played soul caliber before?

It's a button mashers paradise.

Let's see him beat Mario Brothers and I'll be impressed. :-t

Sorry to be the downer, but anyone who has played that game knows you don't have to memorize much to do crazy combos. Maybe he plays alot of other games that weren't mentioned, but if not the blind boy gets no props.
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Postby bceagles04 » Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:57 pm

Irish wrote:Uh.....have you played soul caliber before?

It's a button mashers paradise.

Let's see him beat Mario Brothers and I'll be impressed. :-t

Sorry to be the downer, but anyone who has played that game knows you don't have to memorize much to do crazy combos. Maybe he plays alot of other games that weren't mentioned, but if not the blind boy gets no props.


harsh but true, Soul Caliber, is TOTAL button masher. A todler could beat anyone. Its all about memorizing trick combos, and hitting them as hard as possible...good story nonetheless
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Postby Lofunzo » Thu Jul 28, 2005 12:18 am

Quite impressive but does he really need to play backwards?? ;-7 :-D
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Postby mweir145 » Thu Jul 28, 2005 12:21 am

I wonder how he would do in MVP Baseball 2005.. :-?
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Postby cubsrock » Thu Jul 28, 2005 1:33 am

I once saw a show on TV about a blind kid playing video games....dunno if this is the same guy. He did it by listening to the noises because some sort of noise would indicated everything.
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Postby go_jays_go » Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:29 am

mweir145 wrote:I wonder how he would do in MVP Baseball 2005.. :-?
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Lets just say...

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