I was looking through Minecraft's menu options and I saw a toggle for "View Bobbing" and I didn't recognize what it meant. I've also heard of the phrase "Head bob" from this STALKER post, which sounds related but I'm not sure.

The Minecraft article describes the setting as:

"Chooses whether to show the bobbing when walking."

But that's very unclear. What is "bobbing" or "head bobbing" and how do they affect the games I play?

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    fyi, bobbing is in not only a gaming related word. It's a normal English word also used in real life. A simple dictionary search might have answered this question for you
    – Ivo
    Commented Mar 5, 2020 at 10:27
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    Why don't you turn the setting off, then walk, and compare...
    – minseong
    Commented Mar 5, 2020 at 15:21
  • @IvoBeckers It wouldn't have answered the question "how do they affect the games that I play"? Commented Mar 6, 2020 at 16:31

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Head bobbing in first person games is swaying the camera up and down as the character walks, to simulate the way a person's body moves up and down while taking steps. When especially prominent, it can cause motion sickness in players, so turning it off can reduce those effects.

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    On the other hand, some people think that a first-person view without head bobbing feels more like a disembodied camera or a flying drone than a person walking.
    – BradC
    Commented Mar 6, 2020 at 21:51

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