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FPS games that make you sick?

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  1. 1Kurgan1

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    Figured I would see if I am alone here, but I've noticed this for a long time, never ever had the issues back in PS1 days. The first time I remember it happening was playing Unreal tournament. And since then it happens in some FPS. It seems war games like Battlefield or COD never ever cause it. But usually the FPS RPG games do. Red Faction Guerrilla, Crysis, Half Life 2, and Bio-Shock are the newest titles to me that cause it. And it just gets irritating, those are all amazing games, and I would really like to play them, but here's what happens.

    After about 30min I start to feel sick to my stomach, then I start feeling like I am over heating, eventually I feel extremely hot and feel like I'm going to toss chunks, so I have to quit. I just had this happening in Half Life 2, quit about 25 min ago and still feeling a bit warm and queasy, but almost all good.

    Yet I can play BC2 for hours and hours on end and never ever have a single issue. I've tried varying my playing distance (even got it at 10ft away on my 46" TV playing Bio-Shock on my PS3), tried varying settings and FPS, but even at over 60FPS it still happens, and tried diff monitor sizes. Haven't been able to find a fix for it, and it seems that it's a bit random on what FPS (or games that are very close over the shoulder to your character) cause this. I haven't ever got this feeling from a 3rd person game.

    So if this happens to you, lets hear it, or if it did and you found some sort of solution, let us in on your secret, I want to figure this out so I can play my great games in peace!

    **EDIT**
    If people have some good solutions I will start tossing them up here, so far it seems to be some sort of motion/sea sickness. And there are a few solutions that have been show to work.

    Solutions:
    • Ginger Pills - Proven By Mythbusters to help Sea-Sickness
    • Sea Bands - Some say it works, others say no, possible placebo effect? (Might work for some and not others)
    • Building up a tolerance: This is the hard method. Play the game 1 time a day to start and as you build up a tolerance play it more times each day in small bursts (try to stop before you get sick, as you adapt you will be able to play longer). Till you can eventually play without an issue, but don't take breaks, you must play it without skipping days for this method to be the most effective, and don't play till you toss chunks!
    • Move Back from your Monitor
    • Try and turn your monitor at an Angle
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  2. TheMailMan78

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    I played the first Doom for 13 hours straight one time when I was a kid and got a little queasy.
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    See I think I am crazy hear, but after I started noticing this more and more I started paying attention to things not only in games but on TV. Like cartoons lets say they pan down the street, it's like I see every single frame, so if they pan past a building corner I see the line splitting across my screen in frames rather than just moving smoothly. I'm not sure if anyone will be able to catch my drift there or if you will think I'm crazy, but it bugs the crap out of me.

    And I thought maybe being twitchy in games would cause it, like Unreal is so fast thats what I thought caused it, but I am twitchy as hell in BC2 and don't have a problem, and In Crysis I sneak mostly yet it still happens.

    I've played games till my eyes hurt cause I played so long, but this doesn't even require time, I'm going to be forced to play Half Life 2 30min at a time, which makes me sad, it seems like a great game, but it stops becoming fun as soon as I start feeling sick.
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    I think Borderlands was making me sick. Fable does too but once I get past the tutorial it's fine. In both cases, I think it is a case of motion sickness. Fable just feels weird until you get used to it. I'm not sure why Borderlands had that affect on me though. I did have to quit once or twice because of it. It may, or may not, be connected to the Field of View setting.


    BC2 didn't make me sick but the aimming/motion mechanics really annoyed me. It seemed slow and/or off.
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    The one AND ONLY game that makes me sick is

    Resident Evil 5.

    i fairly certain its the camera that causes it... its just the wrong position...

    its mostly head sick... i get a headache and feel really hot.
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    i get really warm when i play games. Don't no why but i mean sometimes im sweating, in a cold room. Im glad im not the only person who has things like this but im affraid i dont no of a solution
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    This is probably the same as the motion sickness suffered by certain people when travelling in a car or on a boat. I think it has to do with the brain being unable to process the fact that the body is motionless whilst the horizon constantly changes, which is why people suffering sea-sickness often find relief by going out on deck and looking at the distant horizon. I get motion sickness in cars, but strangely, on my bike this never happens to me, presumably because my brain has too many other things to worry about when I'm riding.
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    I get sweats but they are usually cold sweats from doing something difficult. Seems to happen quite often in Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2.

    I can't say a game has ever made me feel hot/feverish.
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    you are not alone man, ever since I'm played COD4, i can't play nearly All FPS games, I'm used to be FPS freak, but after played COD4 somehow, it make my stomach feel sick, feel dizzy and eventually i throw out my breakfast in every FPS


    do anyone here know what the cause? i really want to played bioshock2 but with this condition i event can't complete my BF:BC2 game
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    Looking around about motion sickness, I'm seeing Ginger Pills help. And it has been confirmed by Mythbusters to cure sea-sickness, I know they aren't the best source, but it's a start to show someone got it to work. Also seeing Sea-Bands, some say they don't work, others say they do, could be a placebo effect, but if it tricks the mind into being fine, than thats ok by me, anything that would fix this would make me happy.

    Also you can go the rough route and adapt to it, recommended to play 1 session a day for starters, then play more short sessions until you can play without issue. And until you finally can play without issue you have to keep in this pattern, can't skip days and such. But not sure if you have to do this for each and every game, that would be rough.

    MY feeling isn't actually being physically warm, but internally warm, like being sick. I feel like I'm over heating and it's 100 in the room when it isn't and I won't be sweating at all.
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    The Air Force is bound to have various methods of combatting motion sickness, perhaps somebody on the forum with a military background could provide some useful insights.
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    Espcially depending on the monitor you have, a lot of it can come down to how your eyes/brain processes the images/videos you see. Some games have high frame rates compared to others. Also, with FPS games, it's usually fast paced so you concentrate harder and your eyes/brain work harder to process the incoming information. That's why you get headaches/sore eyes. The side effects of such strenuous mental processing could be what you're experiencing. FPS games like COD4, etc., really give me a headache problems after 30 - 45 minutes or so.
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    No game ever caused me problems. Only time i was just tired (just that) was when we were on some LAN party and we were gaming from around 10:00AM till 5:00AM next day non stop. And i had to drive home after that (like 40 kilometers). But i never got dizzy or anything like that because of flashing lights and funky colors.
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    but i used to play Soldier of fortune all night long, but after playing COD4 i can't even play any FPS without being motion sick. its fucking weird, I'm feel sorry for playing COD4, i wish i never played that game
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    I might have to hook my PC up to my TV, my PC monitor is only 60 Hz, but my TV is 120Hz, and Half Life 2 I usually get around 100fps, but my PC monitor can't go that high, if it cures it then I need more GPU power and a newer monitor :(
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    Yeah it affects me too from any frame loss. That is why I buy high end gear and use settings that always will give me 60fps or higher. It just means you have a weak stomach when it comes to motion. It is more and more common as you get older.
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    Problem is, is I get 60FPS or higher in basically any game on the market. Even BC2 completely maxed out at 1920x1200 (DX11, Max AA, Max AF, HBAO On) I get an average of 100fps. And on Half Life 2 (with Cinematic mod) my Fraps is always around 100 - 160 fps, yet I still get the issue. Grantedl ike I said my monitor is only 60Hz, so it can really only display till 60fps.
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    The panels are still only 60 Hz but they double the framerate internally in order to do more pre-processing before it is sent to the panel.


    Here's a theory: I never had any problems on my CRT at 85Hz because CRTs have next to zero latency. LCDs, on the other hand do. If you increase the refersh rate, that doesn't make the pixels any faster which is why 85 Hz+ LCDs are pretty much pointless. Maybe you could try playing HL2 on a CRT at 85Hz+ to see if the sickness effect is removed?


    My problems with Borderlands started on an LCD. Fable is just weird. XD
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    My issues started in the days gaming at high refresh rates before LCDs were affordable. But Kurgan might have luck with that though.
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    Interesting, I don't know much about monitors, good to know new info. I don't think I have an CRT's aroundthat can do 85Hz sadly though. But I do remember having this issue with Time Splitters 2 on Xbox, granted thats a console limited by FPS. Back when I had CRT I never really had a PC, little own a PC that could push more than 60FPS, so it might be worth a shot. But I do love my widescreen and the market has moved away from CRT, that solution would make me sad.
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    Virtually every CRT can handle 85 Hz at 1024x768. The higher the resolution goes, the lower the refresh rate. 75 Hz would be OK too but 85 Hz is definitely better.
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    I have a fairly nice Sony Trinitron that does 1600x1200 at 85hz you can have for the cost of shipping. Although it is 23" and 90lbs. :laugh:
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    I've never had this happen... ever. The one time I had slight difficulty was in L4D when I was in some dark, cramped room with the flashlight on... it was like my eyes were straining to see, heh
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    I get it in all games where I'm stuck and have to look for something and run around for more than 30 minutes in the same setting.
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    Wonder what shipping would be on something like that... probably a lot, lol.

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