Video Game Sickness

I stopped playing serious video games a few years ago. I occasionally play tetris or jawbreaker or pacman, but nothing like the kinds of games I used to play in the ’90s. A few nights ago I decided to play the ‘Final Fantasy XII’ demo on our SONY PS2. After about 15 minutes of gaming, I started feeling dizzy and wanted to throw up. This is normal for me, I could never stand 3D environments and free camera motion (as more and more games were released in 3D-only in the late ’90s, the more I moved away from gaming).

Apparently video game sickness happens mostly to left-handed people, like I am (I write with my right hand because my ultra-stupid teacher forced me to in 1979, but I do everything else with my left hand). Some additional info here and here.

Anyways, I am seriously thinking of starting playing some 2D adventure games from the ’90s again. The classic “Beneath a Steel Sky” is now a free download and you can run it via the ScummVM under any OS.

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Luis wrote on October 18th, 2006 at 1:43 AM PST:

I remember the days I started playing computer games in the mid-80’s, with computers that had 48-64 Kilobytes of RAM (and no hard drive). It took 5 minutes to load them via a normal audio cassette. They were great games and I wonder how they did it in such small size (my favorite, Knight Lore)

A few years after, now with 640 Kb of RAM and hard drive (40 MB) games were amazing. I loved Sierra adventure games like Space Quest, King’s Quest, Colonel’s Bequest, Police Quest and the very funny Leisure Suit Larry (this series still go on).

From the “newer” generation I just liked some strategy games (Caesar, Zeus,…) and some adventures like Phantasmagoria. But mostly I haven’t played much in the last 10-15 years (never liked arcade/action/shooting games, so never cared about Playstation and the like).

vince wrote on October 18th, 2006 at 2:36 AM PST:

One of my favorites was Ghosts and Goblins. Not sure if that made it to PC though.

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Eugenia wrote on October 18th, 2006 at 2:46 AM PST:

I tried a few old PC games from Abandonia earlier, they work really well under DOS-box. Brings me back great memories when I started using computers in 1993.

Tom Dison wrote on October 18th, 2006 at 4:42 AM PST:

For me, Jazz Jackrabbit was the best 2D games. Amazing graphics that ran on old hardware.

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Eugenia wrote on October 18th, 2006 at 4:58 AM PST:

Jazz Jackrabbit was good, but I also loved “the first samurai”, “Gods”, “Supaplex”, “Dizzy”-series, “Blues Brothers”… Platform games is my favorite genre.

ksmc wrote on October 18th, 2006 at 7:01 AM PST:

games are masochistic.

Ludovic Hirlimann wrote on October 18th, 2006 at 7:57 AM PST:

Eugenia have you try playing wesnoth ?

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Eugenia wrote on October 18th, 2006 at 8:01 AM PST:

I have installed it on a few machines, yes. But I haven’t played it too much, I only checked it out very cursory. I eventually removed it from my main Linux machine because on each OS update Wesnoth was like 35 MBs and that was too boring to wait for it to download… ;)

Optimus wrote on October 21st, 2006 at 12:55 PM PST:

The motion sickness phenomenon in 3d games is quite interesting to me. I didn’t know it appears more on left-handed people as you say. If this information is valid, it’s interesting to know why this happens.

Another strange aspect of it is that it doesn’t seem to follow some universal rules for each person or one that can be specified yet. Specific engines can have diferrent results for each of us. I had read the big article on the link a long time ago and had my objections, so did several other people. The author in a nutshell said that as engines evolved, they became more realistic thus tricking the player’s mind that they are moving inside a real 3d world, somehow producing the motion sickness results. But he pointed out that it won’t happen in wolfenstein 3d or doom 1,2 for example. The interesting thing is that I feel like throwing up after few minutes with wolfenstein3d(the very old!) or halflife(1 and 2) engines, while others don’t get the same thing and get it severly from Doom1,2 and other titles with which I had no problem. It’s entirely diferrent and unique and can happen in old or new engines too. Also, some people say they stop experiencing motion sickness when switching from OpenGL to Direct3D or software rendering in some titles!!! Isn’t that wicked? :)

DosBox, Mame, CPC, C64, Spectrum, Amiga, Atari, Consoles over a lot more fun at times! I am only curious to look at newer FPS because of the technology involved even though I am sometimes getting addicted with this genre :P

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