Blind

Gaming is powerful because of it's capacity for empathy—you can virtually walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Most games use this to put you in the shoes of someone powerful as wish fulfillment, giving you the ability to take a thousand bullets or blow up space aliens. But what if a game took away something instead?

Blind is a game where you see the world through a blind person's eyes. The world is "seen" from a first-person perspective where, instead of visual objects, you see words that represent the sounds the character is hearing. Your character can still move around in standard first-person controls however, which makes you really feel like you're moving through the game blind and navigating by sound. It's an odd feeling, to say the least.

The game is a story-based game, it's a short but good story with 6 endings. There are a few choices to make here and there, but since there are only 6 endings, the game isn't too complicated. The entire thing probably takes 3-4 minutes to play through, tops. To describe more would really spoil the experience.

Why You Should Check This Out: Blind is a game that tries to put you in the shoes of a blind person, and tells you a simple but moving story about that person. With 6 endings and an average playthrough of 3-4 minutes, it's worth playing through several times to see them all. A game that takes the standard first-person view and stands it on it's head, it's a fresh take on what a game can let you experience.

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Pyro, ust an FYI: What I've taken to doing with your articles is getting converts. Most people over the age of 40 that I know think video games are for morons. Most people that I meet that are "into" video games under 20 are morons. The folks in between, we have an understanding. But those above and below, I show them the games you mention here. Crayon Physics worked for the 40+ crowd not long ago, Don't Feed The Head for a 19 year old a little while back. And by worked, I mean showing them that video games are more than than just headshots and demons. This one is coming out this weekend for as many ppl as want to try it among my extended family, after I vet it of course. Keep up the good work, and have a great time at Rabbitcon.

Nice find.

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All the more poignant when you can actually catch him. Nothing you can do to pull him back up, unfortunately.

Kinda depressed now.
That was awesome.

Oooh, can't wait to give this a go at home.

Blind Monks' Society, the Source Mod, had a similar idea, but had no visuals at all. There was no choice involved, no alternative endings if I remember rightly, but a very interesting experience.

Interesting game. I liked the presentation and the way the options were presented. But...

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I wanted there to be an ending where you went back and warned / protected the kids playing tag by the waterfall so they wouldn't get hurt like your brother

Wow. I shouldn't have played that right before going to sleep.

TheWanderer wrote:

Pyro, ust an FYI: What I've taken to doing with your articles is getting converts. Most people over the age of 40 that I know think video games are for morons. Most people that I meet that are "into" video games under 20 are morons. The folks in between, we have an understanding. But those above and below, I show them the games you mention here. Crayon Physics worked for the 40+ crowd not long ago, Don't Feed The Head for a 19 year old a little while back. And by worked, I mean showing them that video games are more than than just headshots and demons. This one is coming out this weekend for as many ppl as want to try it among my extended family, after I vet it of course. Keep up the good work, and have a great time at Rabbitcon.

This is the coolest comment ever. Glad to hear people are getting a little more exposure to the stuff outside run n' gun games. Keep it up Wandy!

Hi.

I'm a gamer, with a job. However, I'm new to this site.

I can't tell from this article if I can play the game or not.

Please let us know the platform of mentioned games, so that we can figure out if they are likely to work for us. Thanks!

Generally, clicking "Play Now" takes you to a site on which you could play immediately, or download the file. Otherwise, Pyroman will list in the article the platforms that the developer states will work.