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Post by Eorl @ 03:05pm 13/01/12 | 16 Comments
In a remarkable tale that really goes to show how awesome some human beings can be, World of Warcraft player Ben Shaw, who plays an Enhancement Shaman named Hexu, is blind, yet still continues to play.

Ben was blinded while servicing in the British Army, where he was on duty in Iraq when a road side bomb exploded in Basra. As a result of the explosion, Ben suffered multiple shrapnel wounds and had to have both of his eyes surgically removed.

The determination from Ben to still play his favourite MMO is just astounding, but what is even more heroic, is that one of his guild members, Owen who plays a Death Knight named Davidian, operates like an in-game guide dog for Ben. From telling Ben when to push what button, to daily tasks like repairing or using the Auction House, Davidian is always there for Ben's needs, a very unselfish act.

For more information, take a read of Joystiq's article which even has a Q&A with Davidian and Ben on just some of the things that they accomplish every day while playing.



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Outlaw
Posted 03:16pm 13/1/12
Davidian is secretly stealing his loot
Khel
Posted 03:51pm 13/1/12
I was about to make a sarcastic "Man, he'd be pretty s*** at raiding then" comment, then I read the article. Now I'm pretty impressed!
Jim
Posted 05:08pm 13/1/12
if you watch most people who play wow you'd think they were blind
defi
Posted 08:02pm 13/1/12
if you watch most people who play wow you'd think they were blind
So true. But you could say that about drivers aswell.
Reverend Evil
Posted 11:45pm 13/1/12
That's crazy. It's awesome that his guildies are helping him out so much. Would f*****g suck to be blind.
Timmeh
Posted 10:27am 14/1/12
For raids and pvp he probably noes his role like the back of his hand, alot of Addons give you sound ques when something happens, nether the less repairing items and doing daily tasks and traveling would be very hard
Ha
Posted 01:19pm 14/1/12
this is so f*****g sad. life throws man curve ball, man finds a way to play wow. a tale of resilience, stupidity, tenacity and pity all mashed into one glorious whole.
WirlWind
Posted 10:21pm 14/1/12
I wonder if Davidan just hasn't had the heart to tell him that wow is old news and people are pretty over it lol.
fpot
Posted 10:23pm 14/1/12
Time to learn how to play Old Republic I guess :)
agro
Posted 11:07am 15/1/12
blizzard should shout the guild a trip to Blizzard HQ - so that the two friends can actually meet in real life :)
Outlaw
Posted 11:26am 15/1/12
so they can finally see each other?
Draxy
Posted 02:16pm 15/1/12
A mate of mine in NZ who was in an accident and pretty much became a quadriplegic. Through months of physio and stuff hes been able to regain very limited movement but for someone like him to play a game requires quite a bit of effort as well. But his positive attitude and determination is really inspiring, so when I saw a video of his Skyrim setup, and what he had to do I was blown away.

He shows how he controls it near the end of the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=licXWkNpbQY
skythra
Posted 02:50pm 15/1/12
I was about to make a sarcastic "Man, he'd be pretty s*** at raiding then" comment, then I read the article. Now I'm pretty impressed!

Did you ever play wow? Most people played as if they didn't have hands and were moving by facerolling a keyboard.

I don't know how after 5 years people still couldn't understand "DON'T STAND IN THE FIRE".
Eorl
Posted 06:55pm 15/1/12
A mate of mine in NZ who was in an accident and pretty much became a quadriplegic. Through months of physio and stuff hes been able to regain very limited movement but for someone like him to play a game requires quite a bit of effort as well. But his positive attitude and determination is really inspiring, so when I saw a video of his Skyrim setup, and what he had to do I was blown away.

He shows how he controls it near the end of the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=licXWkNpbQY

That is amazing. Very well thought out, and to me it seems quite hard to control, but to him it would be a piece of cake. I watched his BF3 video, holy crap. He actually does better then most people on my team when playing.

DeadlyDav0
Posted 07:12pm 15/1/12
Good on em.
Outlaw
Posted 07:46pm 15/1/12


He shows how he controls it near the end of the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=licXWkNpbQY


nice
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