One player takes on the challenge of a lifetime, and livestreams his successful attempt at beating The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time completely blindfolded.
When it comes to revisiting older titles, many gamers attempt to spice things up by imposing certain limitations for themselves while playing. However, it’s not every day that a fan attempts to take on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time while blindfolded to beat the pants off of it.
YouTuber Runnerguy2489 recently decided he was up to the seemingly Sisyphean task, and accomplished the goal in a final livestream that clocks in at a little over three hours—the whole feat itself took 100+ hours—and saved Hyrule without using his eyesight at all. What’s even more impressive, not only did he finish The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time‘s story, but he also did it with a 100% completion rate, which means he knocked out all of the mini-games, collected all the heart pieces, and killed every single Gold Skulltula.
Obviously, Runnerguy2489 spent numerous hours learning how to interact with the environments without using his vision, relying mostly on in-game sound effects and music cues. Also, interestingly enough, he used a lot of mathematical methods to find out where in the open world Link was, with one being the counting of backsteps while being parallel with walls.
Earlier this year the YouTuber played through the first three dungeons of the game blindfolded for the charity organization Awesome Games Done Quick 2015, who managed to raise over $1.5 million for Prevent Cancer Foundation. During the same event, another runner used the blindfolded method and ended up beating Mike Tyson Punch Out!! in its entirety.
This definitely isn’t the first time that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been finished in a strange, yet endearing manner. A while back, one player beat the game using a DDR pad instead of an N64 controller. Not to mention, there are many who have attempted to polish off the game as quickly as possible, with seventeen-year-old “skater82297” setting the world record for the fastest speedrun of Ocarina of Time earlier this year.
Of course, video games are meant to be seen to be enjoyed, so Runnerguy2489 takes the cake when it comes to making it as difficult as he could for the defeat of Gannon. Bearing that in mind, his undertaking will definitely go down as one of the most imposing, and creative accomplishments in gaming, especially considering the full set of stats for the run.
Taking into account the myriad ways fans are still enjoying The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Nintendo 64 game undoubtedly remains one of the medium’s all-time classic titles.