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Blind kid really good at mortal kombat

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by FunTimePartyTeam, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. FunTimePartyTeam

    FunTimePartyTeam Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 19, 2005 Messages: 2,029 Likes Received: 0


    Blind teen amazes with video game ability

    LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -- 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 Calibur 2," their video characters were killed 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 video game design.

    I dont care if he's tommy the pinball wizard.
    I am the master of my domain.

  2. GLIK$

    GLIK$ Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Who the fuck is going to hire the blind kid to design video games?

    "Oh you see that spot there its not rendered right... oh fuck, wait."
  3. UriGellar

    UriGellar New Jack

    Joined: Jul 5, 2004 Messages: 63 Likes Received: 0
    he must just high speed button bash.
  4. GLIK$

    GLIK$ Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 23, 2002 Messages: 22,277 Likes Received: 117
    yo MOOGLE? fuck this kid up.

    forill, cant have his blind ass thinking hes king of kombat.
  5. fatbastard

    fatbastard Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 30, 2002 Messages: 2,880 Likes Received: 11
    Well wasn't beethoven deaf? Or was that mozart?
  6. source

    source Junior Member

    Joined: Dec 24, 2004 Messages: 167 Likes Received: 0
    mozart was insane, beethoven was def, but at least they could see what the fuck they were doing.
  7. GLIK$

    GLIK$ Dirty Dozen Crew

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    I think it's a hoax. Wouldnt you just be able to like back away from his character the whole fight?

  8. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

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    Haha that made me laugh.
  9. NeRVe54

    NeRVe54 Senior Member

    Joined: Mar 11, 2005 Messages: 1,279 Likes Received: 13
    if this blind dude was whoopin my ass in some mortal kombat id unplug his fuckin controller. bet he never trained for that move
  10. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 14,171 Likes Received: 272
    I would fuck this kid up, ive been playing mortal kombat since that shit came out, still go it on the SNES and have it on the PS2. Imma challenge this blind nigga, them im gonna PWNZORRZ HIM!!1one!1
  11. MAGS156

    MAGS156 Senior Member

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    just unplug his controller he'll never know
  12. MAGS156

    MAGS156 Senior Member

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    sorry that was low
  13. theGOON

    theGOON Member

    Joined: Jun 6, 2005 Messages: 502 Likes Received: 3
    yeah... i'm thinking he's a button pusher.

    what's better than being blind and kicking ass at MK?

  14. Biggus Dickus

    Biggus Dickus Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2005 Messages: 1,371 Likes Received: 1
    Since most modern fighting games are an excercise in jamming every button on the pad at the same time while rotating the stick as quickly as possible, I can see how not being distracted by the graphics would actually help.

    Kr430n5_666 is reading this thread. All hail Kr430n5_666.


    Joined: May 23, 2005 Messages: 253 Likes Received: 0
    I read about this guy in last months EGM...I cant pull off fatalities with my eyes open. :haha:

    Props to this guy for being able to pull them off just from sound alone...That's awesome.