A class project in Navigation, Game features Audio only gameplay, to simulate being blind and is set in a Monty Python-ish comical world where a group of blind Monks are initiating you into their society by having you perform several audio navigatory task to help you learn to SEE with your EARS. Game Plays through in about half an hour. Created by Kyle Audick & Erik Carlson UCLA D|MA 2008

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Now you can experience being blind by joining the Blind Monks Society. We welcome you all, the Thin, the Fat, the Tall. The short, the Angry, the Glad! We promise if you join you won't be mad. Our Leader, Brother Pancy Fants is a kind and gracious man who will not judge you on your outward appearance, mainly because he is blind, but also because he is the greatest man to stumble blindly across this world. He will teach you to See with your Ears and you will be very greatfull, OR ELSE!!!

Posted by awesomepossum on Mar 27th, 2008

The Blind Monk's Society is five week project in Navigation. Featuring Audio only navigation set in a Monty-Python-esk World of the Blind Monks.  You will need to use your headphones to take the first stumbling steps as a blind person and eventually learn how to walk blindly with confidence. You will meet many Colorful characters on your quest to help the Society and learn to SEE with your EARS.  This mod is available for Download Right HERE.

 

And Now A few Words From our Great Leader Brother Pancy Fants:

Greetings and Salutations occularly deficent masses of the world, I am here with Glorious News! You no longer need to fear the blindness that ails you, you will learn to see again, With Your Ears! Now I know what you are Saying, "Mr. Fants, How much is this going to cost me?" With Eye transplants running you thousands of dollars you may expect to pay $1,000.00 for my services. Does that sound like a deal? I don't think so, What If I offerd the teachings of this Course for the ridiculously low price of 4 easy installments of $29.95? Can you beat that kind of Value? You can... Well...  Umm how about if I offer you all my teachings and Gaurentee that you will learn to SEE with your EARS all you have to do is provide us, The Blind Monks Society, with a few services to be named at a later date in an undisclosed location? You agree? FANTASTIC! I can't wait to meet you at the Monastary of The Blind Monks Society.

 

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eightDash
eightDash Mar 27 2008, 6:08pm says:

Wait what is this? A half Life mod with no visuals? Sounds cool but what do I have to give? Am I missing something?

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Scurvy_Lobster
Scurvy_Lobster Mar 27 2008, 6:10pm says:

I am trying this out!

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eightDash
eightDash Mar 27 2008, 7:33pm says:

Why do I suspect a screamer?

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Forsete
Forsete Mar 27 2008, 7:39pm says:

Don't know what to do at the river, WHAT am I supposed to do exactly? I can barely hear what the guy say.

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Mar 27 2008, 8:36pm replied:

perhaps your volume is too low? But from the river you should walk with the river sounds in your left ear.

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze Mar 27 2008, 8:44pm says:

So this is a game made by blind people to make everyone experience what it is to be blind?
Now thats original and very interesting, I'll be playing this!

I have a lot of respect for projects like this!

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Mar 27 2008, 9:16pm replied:

I'm not blind, It's just and experiment in game making.

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breyton
breyton Mar 27 2008, 9:19pm says:

are there any trailers?

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Jyffeh
Jyffeh Mar 27 2008, 10:07pm replied:

Haha.

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sbnewsom
sbnewsom Nov 29 2008, 3:29am replied:

Youtube video shall be uploaded soon. Also a video review is on its way.

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Masterfulplayer
Masterfulplayer Mar 27 2008, 9:57pm says:

graphics are pretty bad....seriously.Pffft just kidding, this is great pretty good and unique experience.

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Harimau
Harimau Mar 27 2008, 10:28pm says:

haha. sounds awesome. i'll give this a look. do i really need some headphones though? if i do i'll have to find some.

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital Mar 27 2008, 10:37pm says:

NO WAY... I have to try this, even if it doesn't meet my incredibly high expectations :)

Excellent idea devs... really good show!

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n0k
n0k Mar 27 2008, 10:47pm says:

ok! I beat the first challenge.. I got so scared when the guy mentioned whipping out his shot gun so I ran off in some random direction than followed the bells back :D. The game really is something! I like it! how many challenges are there??

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broadsword
broadsword Mar 27 2008, 10:56pm says:

That was a lot of fun! Is it over after the jig?

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Mar 27 2008, 11:09pm replied:

Yes It is!

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Grogdon
Grogdon Mar 27 2008, 11:01pm says:

LOL LOL LOL!!!

Very well done and great hilarious characters

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Monochrome_
Monochrome_ Mar 28 2008, 6:08am says:

You should consider making this a freeware game instead of a half life mod. I think this game would be highly appreciated by blind people but i dont think they will be getting HL2 just for that. So I strongly advise you to port this to a open source freeware engine (it would be easier to commercialize it that way too).

Also if you're looking to improve the overall game experience perhaps you should try this - Onemansblog.com

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Whizzard
Whizzard Mar 28 2008, 12:26pm says:

This sounded awesome. Too bad it was so short. And closing your eyes really helps.

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Darklord42
Darklord42 Mar 28 2008, 9:45pm says:

Terrific Mod! I really enjoyed it. I think the concept worked very well and could have easily be a longer game; if you desire to continue with your project, that is.

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tr1ckst3r
tr1ckst3r Mar 28 2008, 10:52pm says:

seems odd. so do u just stare at a black screen while listening to ur headphones?

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Mar 29 2008, 4:46am replied:

you can close your eyes or wear a blind fold if you like. I don't suggest gouging out your eyes, as the effects are a bit more permanent.

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Henley
Henley Mar 29 2008, 5:44am replied:

ahahah :P

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Varsity
Varsity Mar 29 2008, 6:48am says:

Fantastic idea, and some great writing too. :-) It's a bit trickier than normal on Vista, since Valve's headphone code doesn't work there, but dsp_enhance_stereo in the console helps.

(FYI devs: the download is far, far larger than it needs to be. Sounds can be compressed with 4-bit Microsoft ADPCM, which squashes them down to about a quarter of their original size!)

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sbnewsom
sbnewsom Nov 29 2008, 3:33am replied:

I never knew that. Seemed fine for me. I'll have to try that next time I play.

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Tobo101
Tobo101 Mar 29 2008, 9:19am says:

Can we get a screenshot please?

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Mar 29 2008, 4:37pm replied:

some one has posted video and a screen shot here Hardforum.com :P

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lcpuche
lcpuche Mar 29 2008, 10:34am says:

This is probably the most original mod i have ever seen!

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HarderToSpell
HarderToSpell Jun 18 2008, 1:15am says:

Wow, now that was a damn unique experience! :D I actually found a sleeping blindfold and put it on to enhance the experience.

Is there something that happens after the jig?

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henkieee6
henkieee6 Jul 30 2008, 5:22pm says:

I have just have played the mod, and I really really liked it. It was a bit short, but that doesn't matter. The end was great to becouse it really felt like a reward for wath I did before.
So I relly enjoyed it and I hope you will keep on developing such a tipe of game.

greetings

henk

p.s. I hope my english is readeble... :)

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Aug 14 2008, 4:59pm replied:

Your english is fine, And I'm very glad you enjoyed the mod.

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capsule56
capsule56 Mar 11 2009, 1:13am says:

I NEED THIS MOD!

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lirin
lirin Aug 21 2010, 5:48pm says:

Hello All.

I am tom, and i am from Poland, but anyway, you can know it cause you can check my profile.

I am a blind user, and i am playing many games, wich are playable for me.

Playable is very interesting, because what is playable for the blind user? well, especially 2d games, without many jumping elements, and the rest platforming, so i can play many arcade beat em ups, and many one on one fighters.

Reason? yep, this is very easy, i can't see what is on the screen, so i can't play a 3d games, targeting and shooting, driving a car, or doing many other things.


I found this mod for HL2, and i am very interested in it, and thinking about tray this one.

But, here's the problems started. I haven't a copy of HL2, and don't want buy it for one mod, this is really stupid idea.

But, if i'll can get this on, the game mechanic, and interface is probably not accessible for screen readers, so i am unable to run this mod properly.

Now i am writing to dev of this really good thing: Can you help me with it? make a open source project, outside the actual HL2, and let tray for me, and other blind people?

Great to hear someone, who wants to experiencing in that direction, really, cause nobody thinking about people with dissabilities, especially blind disfunctions.

I am waiting for your repplies, and hope to hear this in action soon.

Cheers

Tom

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