A YouTuber named "tj the blind gamer" has recently posted his achievements on Call of Duty: WWII Reddit, happily reported that he had reached over 7,600 killings in WWII – without being able to see the game.
A visually impaired gamer, TJ explained in the Reddit thread he uses audio sources for games to play games like World War II and Black Ops III . He also has more thorough explanations of his YouTube channel, demonstrating how he can use the sounds of the environment to navigate the Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles map. The peculiar gobbleg machine noise and buzz of the headlights can help him cross Treyarch's remastered Nacht der Untoten maps, he said.
I traveled to TJ to learn more about his Call of Duty experience. 19 years old and resident in Utah, TJ said he was an avid player before losing sight. He started with Treyarchs World at War Zombie mode at eight age, then branched to multiplayer on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Then he had only vision in his right eye and had glasses. He played the franchise for Black Ops II but returned to Black Ops III after completely losing his vision. (In one of his YouTube videos he gives a thorough explanation of his health problems and vision loss.)
"When I lost my vision and attempted to play Call of Duty again, it was quite difficult since I was never used to using a headphone that I would need without the vision min, says TJ via Twitter DM.
"There are several settings and benefits in Black Ops III which acts as unintended accessibility to many disabled players," he said., "Consciousness [can] Amplifier the enemy's footsteps and reach, Sixth Sense creates a sound effect for the blind, as well as a visual effect for the deaf. And Tracker Perk helps people with impaired vision. "
The recent addition to Call of Duty Alexa's ability, which allows players to use Amazon Alexa to provide and receive voice commands, also allows TJ to get more information in a non-visual way. Alexa skills can offer game tips, check statistics and prestige progress, and even tell players if their friends are online.
When I asked how Activision could improve and make Call of Duty titles more accessible to visually impaired, responded TJ with many great ideas. "One thing I can think of right outside the top of my head is to have some kind of setting or perk, creating a constant sound effect for all objective game modes," he said. "If you have the setting enabled, Domination Flag, Kill Confirmed Codes, Catch Flag Flags, Demolition and Search and Destroy bomb sites [would] all a constant sound effect so that visually impaired players can easily find the targets. "
He also suggested a screen reader in Call of Duty game that would read all the text on the screen. At the moment, a visually impaired player needs to get a secured person to tell them or look up guides for the names on the weapons they unlock.
TJ praised Treyarch's Zombies Chronicles DLC to have such good sound quality and he hopes that the studio continues to use the same engine for future Zombies deductions.
I asked TJ about his goal for WWII . "Short-term goal right now is to get the final killings and now 10,000 total kill as I have never heard of a blind person achieving," he said. TJ also hopes to be the first blind player to beat the top master Prestige level of Call of Duty: WWII . When he is not on the Call of Duty grind, he also enjoys playing and making walkthroughs for Diablo III – a games, he said, which is extreme accessible to the blind.