Games and motion sickness

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  1. akromatic

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    I kinda suffer from motion sickness during certain games lately especially FPS and 3rd person like GTA.

    Now I'm considering in investing a 120hz screen but I'm unsure if the increase in frames would solve my problem.

    Any other input?
     
  2. Boneman

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    I get sick when I play Half Life 2.

    I think it was something to do with the default FOV, but not sure.

    Sorry cant really help, but know the feeling . :sick:
     
  3. MyElbowFellOff

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    Try sitting further back form the screen. Refresh rates used to be a problem with CRTs but I don't think it would help for LCDs.

    Are you prescribed glasses? Is your room well lit?
     
  4. Creekin

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    alot of games have that affect on ppl,

    it's to do with how the camera moves but your inner ear doesn't, your brain gets confused, as its getting conflicting info about how your body is positioned and moving

    helps to look away occasionally at a stationary object in the distance, then to the foreground and back again
    reassures your brain that your inner ear is right, and your eyes were just fucking with you

    kinda like rebooting your equilibrium :thumbup:

    edit: refresh rates are only relevant to old crt tech
     
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  5. ysu

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    I used to get it too, sometimes. It can be caused by a number of things.

    Main reason for me used to be the Field of View (FoV) in games (measured in degrees).
    And the bloody idiots lock the fov in a lot of games - for what reason only they know. HL2 was pretty bad in this regard, default 60 Fov, but at least you could change it.

    Try to set your game to 85 or so, and see if it makes a difference (I'm sure it will)

    It can also be caused by low frame rates, but we're talking below 20 fps (frames per second), very low. Lowering gfx settings may help - or a new, powerful video card.

    The bigger the screen and the closer you sit, the worse the effect can be - because all you see, pretty much, is the screen.
    Widescreen monitors and low fov are worse, again.

    Bottom line:
    I don't think a 120Hz monitor would help.
     
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    akromatic

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    Yeh I do wear precription glassed. Well I found well lit room worst then a darken room but it is most apparent when the game scenes are dark or contains alot of random camera movements or wavy lines

    HL scenes are mostly dark so yeh, portal is another one but I'm fine on TF2

    Assassin creed is another culprit

    What I was hopeing is that a 120hz screen would mean that the screen is capable of playing smoother frames with less flicker and displaying more frames per second over a traditional 60hz screen

    Well I'm in need of a new single graphics card solution to replace my 5870 crossfire setup but I'm currently capable of pushing some decent frames.
     
  7. Creekin

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    Portal/Ass Creed/Just Cause 2

    all make my stomach twist when jumping off tall buildings or doing multi portal jumps

    esp hay diving in Ass creed :sick:

    i think thats just immersive gameplay and good graphics, rather than motion sickness though
     
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    Happened to me on mario world on wii.
    Havent played it since
     
  9. ysu

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    Those all have the wrong FOV too - 60 is the common one.

    Try upping it to 85 and have fun (I know you can change it in portal, not sure about the rest, you need to google it)
     
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    Portal is the only game that make me sick...
    So far the rest seems fine
     
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    Didn't notice the weird FOV on HL2, but it did make me noticeably queasy. It was mild enough for me that I just got over it, didn't realise it was something as simple as FOV though :thumbup:
     
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    Love jumping off towers in Assassin's Creed even though I do feel slightly sick from it. Eyefinity seems to make this effect worse so if your getting motion sickness from one screen probably not a good idea to upgrade to 3.
     
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    Happens to me with most FPS, except TF2.
     
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    COD:BO flash backs are pretty bad as well

    random flashes and involuntary camera movements gets me
     
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    try turn your brightness/contrast down. Sit a bit further away from your monitor.

    Got a 30 inch fairly close and don't have that problem :D
     
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    Wolfenstein 3D use to make me feel sick when I was a kid. :sick:
     
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    Or focus on a constant point, like the reticule in Mirror's Edge (a game known for causing motion sickness)
     
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    I have found I used to get queezy watching others play, because I wasnt able to control the movement

    It may just be your brain is able to connect the movement to your actions, and is unable to translate the movement because you body isnt moving

    I have know alot of people who are unable to play FPS games because of this and have just had to stick with other games

    you could always try seasickness remedies before you start gaming :)
     
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    akromatic

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    hmm so at the end of the day i'd just have to put up with it and investing in a 120hz screen is just a waste of time?

    I'd try some seasick remedies
     
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    Yes, the 120Hz Screen as a remedy for motion sickness is indeed a waste of money. You'll need to find some other excuse to buy it :lol:


    Against motion sickness, check the FOV instead, as it's been said a few times.
     

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