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No one should be surprised by this. Coordination problems are common in Autistics and people with EDS.

I'm not sure how I should feel about being beat at a video game by someone who has been legally blind since birth.  I'm happy for her of course.(I also have no idea how much she can actually see. I only know that this particular vision problem is something that runs in her family.)

I've set this to public so anyone who feels the need to call me out for this post can do so.

Date: 2017-05-15 04:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vladdraculea
Back when I was in college I was at a party at a musician's place, where occasionally people would hang out in front of the TV and play Mortal Kombat. I really had no interest in video games of that nature — all I'd ever played up to that point were a couple of single-player games for Commodore64 since my family never owned a game console and anyway I'd figured I would have thoroughly sucked at them because of legal blindness and lack of coordination due to what I would learn many years later was autism.

But, having drunk a beer and proved that I could play a bongo rhythm quite well and could even switch hands midstream without missing a beat — something I'd never done before in my life and neither have since — I eventually picked up the game controller and a kid of about 8 or 9 came over and we played a few rounds. Eventually people started watching and I played against a few other people my own age, most of whom actually knew how to play and could see what was going on on the screen.

Somehow, I handed pretty much all of them their asses, even the kid.

I have no idea how I did this since I really didn't know what I was doing, but I have a hypothesis that others have verified when I've told them this story: apparently the “fast and furious” technique — also known as button smashing — was, alas, very effective. I say “alas” because it doesn't seem fair that a complete novice could beat an experienced player just by randomly pressing buttons as fast as they possibly can. But this was something like 25 years ago, and I would hope that the game designers have fixed this problem so actually skilled players can no longer be beat by total novices with fast fingers.

As for the person you were playing against last night, if she has as much vision as I, my sister, or [personal profile] shaupt have, and if she has been playing for a while and if the two of you were playing on a relatively large screen, it's entirely possible she could play quite competitively against a fully sighted player.

Date: 2017-05-15 08:04 pm (UTC)
vladdraculea: Rainbow Autistic Pride lemniscate over the black, grey, white, and purple stripes of the Asexuality Pride flag (Default)
From: [personal profile] vladdraculea
Off the top of my head, I think in the U.S. and Canada, most people who have albinism prefer “person first language” — which rubs me the wrong way for some reason — but if someone (e.g.: someone like me) insists on “identity first language”, it's less offensive to say someone is Albinistic (with an optional upper case A).

In other parts of the world, notably in parts of Africa, I get the impression that people don't have as much of a problem with identity first language using the word “Albino” (again with the optional upper case A).

On the other hand, it's been a while since I've spent much time in Albinistic spaces — discussion groups, etc. — so I don't know what the latest consensus is (if one exists), and language does change over time. So googling might give you a better sense of this, as my info may be a bit out of date.


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