In Memoriam: A Tribute to a Titan in the Sight-Loss Sector

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July 01, 2024
Brandon Cole The Super Blind Man

Over the past weekend, the global sight-loss sector lost a giant.

In the vibrant world of video gaming, where the clash of swords and the roar of engines fill the air, Brandon Cole, from the United States, carved a niche that resonated far beyond the visual spectacle. Known for his unwavering advocacy and innovative consultancy, Cole championed the cause of making video games accessible for blind and visually impaired players, transforming the gaming landscape into a more inclusive space.

Cole’s journey was not just about advocating for accessibility; it was a mission fueled by personal passion and professional expertise. As a consultant, he collaborated with major game developers like Ubisoft, contributing to the accessibility features of popular titles such as ‘The Last of Us’ and ‘Forza’. His work ensured that the thrill of gaming was not confined to those who could see the screen but was extended to everyone, regardless of their visual capabilities.

Beyond his consultancy roles, Brandon was a vocal advocate for the blind gaming community. Utilizing platforms like YouTube and social media, he shared his insights and experiences, offering personal gaming reviews from the perspective of blind players. His advocacy went beyond words; it was about action, about pushing the boundaries of what was considered possible in game design.

One of Cole’s most notable contributions was his exploration of immersive sound. He believed in the power of audio to create rich, engaging gaming experiences for blind players. Through his innovative use of sound, he opened up new worlds of gaming, where the imagination could roam free, unbounded by the limitations of sight.

Brandon Cole’s legacy is a testament to the transformative power of passion and perseverance. His work not only made gaming more accessible but also highlighted the importance of inclusivity in all forms of entertainment. As we remember his contributions, let us continue to strive for a world where everyone can experience the joy and excitement of gaming.

On behalf of everyone at Retina South Africa, we offer our condolences to Brandon’s family and friends.

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