Think youâ€™re good at video games? Maybe itâ€™s time you went up against Brice Mellen of Lincoln, Nebraska. What makes Brice so special? Heâ€™s blind.
Blind since birth due to Leberâ€™s disease, Mellen sharpened his skills for many years through patience, memorizing key joystick operations, and listening to audio cues. Beginning with â€œSpace Invadersâ€ and â€œAsteroid,â€ he now plays modern combat games. Learning to play video games without sight was anything but easy. â€œHe enjoyed trying to play, but he wasnâ€™t very good at first,â€ says his father. â€œBut he just kept on tryingâ€¦ Heâ€™s broken a lot of controllers.â€
Brice spends his time hanging out at the Dog Tags Gaming Center in Lincoln. Apparently, people will come in and challenge him, expecting an easy win, just to get their heads handed to them in Soul Caliber 2. With only a year left of high school to go, Brice plans on attending college. What might he be studying? Video game design, of course!
Thanks to J-Love for sending me the original article. If anyone is interested in challenging Brice, itâ€™s pretty close to my place in Omaha. Road trip?