Friday, July 29, 2005

That...Blind Kid Sure Plays Mean...Mortal Kombat

Blind Teen Amazes With Video-Game Skills
By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press Writer via Yahoo! News
Wed Jul 27,10:01 PM ET

OK...I'm of two minds on this. On one hand, it's an inspiring story of determination and industriousness under unfortunate circumstances. Young Mr. Mellen has made some sweet lemonade of the lemons given him.

On the other hand, Mellen is displaying the brilliance to overcome his disability to the point that he defeats sighted people in a visually-based competition...and the most he's going to do with that talent is design video games? What a waste -- especially considering the video games are mostly nothing but violent escapist fantasies with no redeeming values. I wonder if Mellen has any inkling in his mind the grotesque and gory scenes that come on the screen when he beats someone in Mortal Kombat.

I wish him the best, but I hope he reconsiders, and perhaps takes up the cause of unlocking the secret of his gaming ability and assisting in breakthroughs for the visually impaired.

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