Paralyzed ex-fireman beats Elden Ring by blowing into pipes

Zhu Mingjun is a Chinese streamer, who rose to prominence after starting regular broadcasts on the BiliBili video platform where he shares his story and perspective on life (as well as playing video games). Zhu is a former firefighter who was seriously injured in a 2013 service accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down: he was unable to speak for three years after the incident and still needs a ventilator to breathe.

Zhu can now move his head and a limited part of his torso, and he has a custom mouth control that he uses to play with: he explains how it works in this video, and it comes down to breathing in two tubes in different combinations. Of course, the game of the moment is Elden Ring, and Zhu is streaming it regularly: he initially had some help from his mother to move the character, but is now able to fully control him thanks to coding the tubes’ responses.

In a recent broadcast, Zhu whipped the final bosses’ ass and became Elden Lord. His character is a sorcery focused build, and in the video you can see that Zhu has really impressive control over the camera and movement: and he absolutely melts with these bosses.

You can read more about Zhu in this South China Morning Post profile. After years of mental health issues and struggling to come to terms with his condition, he began speaking in public and broadcasting in 2018. He was initially concerned about people judging him by his appearance, but the “applause from strangers gave me strength”.

His BiliBili channel is very popular, with several videos reaching millions of views, and he manages to support himself financially from the profits.

“Live streaming changed my life drastically” Zhu told SCMP. “I’ve met a lot of new friends. I’m not alone like I used to be. I’m enjoying the happiness that live streaming brings. Besides, I can make money from it.”

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