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How can I prevent Gaming Sickness?

(I'm not sure if this is where I should ask this but it's related to gaming so...)

This usually happens when I'm playing a FPS but it can happen in any game (just happened to me while playing Arkham City (third person view)). If I get lost, and I don't know where I'm going, I start to physically get ill. I get sick to my stomach and if I keep playing, I'll get to the point where I have to lay down and close my eyes or I'll throw up.

I always considered it some form of motion sickness. But it only happens when I'm lost. I don't get it.


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    We are not doctors. – Invader Skoodge Nov 14 '11 at 20:59
  • Could it have something to do with the anxiety related to being lost with no idea of where to go? That said though, it's more health related than gaming. – Sorean Nov 14 '11 at 21:02
  • I'm no doctor, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.. To me, it sounds like a combination of motion sickness from the FPS which can happen to people, and feeling mentally disoriented by being lost in the game. (Sort of what Stephen said). – Doozer Blake Nov 14 '11 at 21:16
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    related question: gaming.stackexchange.com/q/902/8366 – Dave DuPlantis Nov 14 '11 at 21:32
  • This is closed as off topic but I'm directed to a similar question that was not closed as off topic? Nice, gang. – pcg79 Nov 15 '11 at 3:06

I've experienced this and in my case I believe it's because when I'm lost I'll start to run around the map (using the run function if there is one) looking for something familiar or some enemy I haven't killed.

All this running means a lot of turning around and thus a lot of visual input. The result is a motion-sickness like feeling.

Your mileage may vary.

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    Too bad this question was closed as off-topic because a) it isn't and b) I think you're right. The other day when I was trying to find out where I needed to go in Uncharted 3 (before I cranked up the brightness) I started feeling ill from staring at the rapidly moving walls and floors. +1 – James Skemp Nov 18 '11 at 19:31
  • @JamesSkemp This question has been re-closed as a duplicate of gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/902/…, which has some other tips as well – Zommuter Aug 11 '12 at 12:36
  • Huh. Didn't even know this had been re-opened. It looks like I upvoted at least one of the answers to that question, so I'm guessing I read Dave's comment to the original post and headed over there. – James Skemp Aug 11 '12 at 13:04

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