Guy just beat the 1998 classic Zelda game (and best of the series, imo) Ocarina of time blindfolded. * In fact * blindfolded.
Like, he had a pillowcase on his head:
And he managed to complete a game where literally one of the first things you need to do is cross those little ass bridges:
It took a player Coureurguy2489…
and 8 seconds
… Of gameplay to save Hyrule of Ganondorf, rescue Princess zelda, and 100% complete the game. No unlearned songs, no Golden Skulltulla not collected.
“I’m like, shaking,” he says when he FINALLY beats Ganondorf in the ruins of Hyrule Castle (with one heart and three quarters remaining, we might add). “I’m shaking. Holy shit. It was amazing. Oh my God. What a battle.
Runnerguy2489 is no stranger to Ocarina of time – it’s pretty much the only game he’s playing – but doing everything blindfolded is on a whole new level.
“You never know what could become an impossible task blindfolded,” he said. “There were times when I thought I wasn’t going to get 100%.
“You think you know a game really well, but you don’t, man, there are so many little things that pop up that you just don’t anticipate, because you take it for granted. You take your eyesight for granted. Being able to see is something we take for granted.
He managed to accomplish these ridiculous tasks while working with another player real corruption, who has been blind since birth. In 2008, Genuine S Corruption (as we now write) enlisted the help of Runner Guy (ditto) to beat the game.
“We wrote steps together” said Runner Guy. “We had long Skype conversations together, back and forth, like “Okay, I tried this, it didn’t work, oh I’m going to change it here, try this now”. Then we moved on to the next room. It was an intermittent process from 2007 to 2009, and it ended up beating the game in 2009, completely. It wasn’t 100%, but he beat the game.
At this point, Runner Guy wanted to try it out himself, and after beating the game blindfolded in 2013 but not 100%, wanted to see if it could be done. “It was something I wasn’t even sure was possible.”
“What I really like about it is that every part, every little thing becomes a big deal. Just walking through a room in a temple or getting a single Golden Skulltula can become a huge triumph. Or that extremely frustrating part of the thing that you didn’t even think would take that long, and that’s what makes it so fun.
Runner Guy (real name: Drew / real work: civil engineer) kept meticulous statistics throughout his run, including the NINE HUNDRED FORTY-SEVEN It took him several attempts to complete the Shooting Gallery minigame. You can check everything here.
To be honest with you, we find it hard to think of anything that we have ever done that is a greater accomplishment. University graduate? Yeah, alright, but there was no topic on SHOOTING AT TARGETS ON HORSEBACK AND THE BLIND, now was there.
If you have four and a half days free, here is his the whole challenge blindfolded:
Images: Runnerguy2489 / Nintendo.