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July 29, 2005

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Blind Video Gamer Takes On All Comers

Blind Kid Plays A Mean 'Mortal Kombat'

POSTED: 9:58 am EDT July 28, 2005
LINCOLN, Neb. -- It's no exaggeration to say Brice Mellen is so good at video games, he can beat his opponents with his eyes closed.

Like most 17-year-olds, Mellen loves playing video games. But unlike most gamers, he's been blind since birth.

Mellen said he taught himself to play by memorizing joystick operations, asking lots of questions and paying close attention to audio cues.

His father said his son wasn't very good at first, "but he just kept on trying."

Mellen worked his way up from "Space Invaders" and "Asteroid" to such modern combat games as "Mortal Kombat."

He humbly says he can be beat. But there was no evidence of that at a gaming center in Lincoln.

One by one, he destroyed his opponents -- some of whom thought he would be an easy opponent because of his blindness.

Mellen said that when he goes to college, he wants to study video-game design.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Via WFTV.

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