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#1 Posted by Ramyun (696 posts) -

Like all of you guys, I love video games. However, when I want to check out a certain retro game, for example, Wolfenstein 3D, it literally makes me sick and I can't play it. For some reason, the pixelated graphics, the movement, I don't know but I feel dizzy and nauseated from playing it. Same thing happened when I was watching Doom and Minecraft. Does this happen to anyone else or am I just crazy and weird? Does anyone else have a situation where they physically cannot play a game no matter how good that game may be?

#2 Posted by KaosAngel (14251 posts) -

Forza with some other racers, it seems like the screen is just moving forward and you aren't driving.  It's like the track is a treadmill, and the harder you push on gas, the faster the track moves.  
Hard to explain.  x.x

#3 Posted by Jambones (1726 posts) -

Doom 2 used to do that to me, and Half Life 2. I think it's something to do with monitor refresh rates or something since I tried them with a different setup later and I was fine. Then I tried HL2 again recently and got the same nausea on new hardware. *shrugs* Perhaps just down to environmental factors, but it's certainly odd. 

#4 Posted by Raymayne (1230 posts) -

Dark Void.

#5 Posted by Twazuk (188 posts) -

Final Fantasy 7.

#6 Posted by GunstarRed (5766 posts) -

I was trying my hardest to play Kane & Lynch 2 with the camera sway on but after about an hour I had to turn it off it was making me get really twitchy. The Death Star level at the end of Lego Star Wars 2 literally made me feel sick because of the noise and flashing images... that was no fun at all.
#7 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19303 posts) -

MW2 online

#8 Posted by Sherlock_Pwnz (53 posts) -

I get it with most valve games, eg: Half Life 2, Left 4 Dead, Portal (Even more). I heard that they have the view bracket set to like 70 degrees as opposed to 90 like most shooters meaning everything's a little more crazy.

#9 Posted by Unchained (1091 posts) -

I've only felt sick after one game, and that was the original Half-Life. I suspect it had nothing to do with the game however, and I was probably just catching some bug as it only happened once. 

#10 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (554 posts) -

It happens to a lot of people; it's not all that strange.

#11 Edited by JJWeatherman (14790 posts) -

Half Life, the original. I played it on... some console. PS1? (Just looked it up and I guess it was on PS2, so yeah, probably played it on PS2. I'll leave my original post as is for humiliation.)
Anyways, it totally made me want to throw up. I may have already been sick before I started so I bet that's what caused it. But man, that was BAD.

#12 Posted by Jasta (2232 posts) -

Never heard of such a thing. =/

#13 Posted by Yummylee (23187 posts) -

Tried to remember if any game has made me least feel sick.. can't come up with anything.

#14 Posted by SteamPunkJin (1283 posts) -

I never had it happen until I played Brutal Legend, something about driving around for more than 20minutes at a time made me really sick to my stomach.

#15 Posted by Synthballs (2222 posts) -

Persona 4. 
The amount of love and hype it gets on this site is sickening.

#16 Posted by Eric_Buck (1424 posts) -

The first level of Kingdom Hearts. The rest was good but I actually can't stand the first level. I threw up the first time I played it!

#17 Posted by RiotBananas (3822 posts) -
@Twazuk said:
" Final Fantasy 7. "
@Ahmad_Metallic said:
" MW2 online "
#18 Posted by natetodamax (19416 posts) -

Watching the Kane & Lynch 2 quick look almost made me vomit. The shaky camera was awful.

#19 Posted by Castiel (2893 posts) -
@Abyssfull said:
" Tried to remember if any game has made me least feel sick.. can't come up with anything. "
Hint: Look at your user icon. ;)
#20 Posted by Simmse (136 posts) -

I tried to play Killzone 2 multiplayer but something about the movement made me get a headache and feel sick.

#21 Posted by FiestaUnicorn (1661 posts) -

Half life on the PS2.
#22 Posted by Tonylope (197 posts) -

A few years ago I was in the Wizard 101 beta (an MMO for kids, and since I was a kid (12ish) at the time, there's nothing wrong with that), it was kinda fun in an overly simplistic kid friendly way. Anyway, if I played it for more than half an hour I would get really bad headaches, which was pretty strange.

#23 Edited by Grumbel (1010 posts) -

The Ravenholm demo of "Half Life 2" (PC) dark scenes, crappy framerate on my PC and not being used to playing fast FPS on a monitor might have contributed.
Drakan 2 (PS2): The camera in that game is just really ugly and a good way to give you motion sickness.
Metroid Prime (GC): The HUD and helmet,the small field of view and a whole lot of jumping in that game just gives me a headache.
Honorable mention: Descent 2 with a VR helmet, not something you ever would want to play for long, but it just looks so damn cool :)

#24 Posted by PixieNinja (207 posts) -

There's a wide range of games that can get to me - sometimes I can just feel a little ill, others it's really bad, I start sweating a great deal and have to go and lie down, not just a matter of swapping to another game. 
It all started for me with the likes of Ico and Dark Cloud, but anything with a frisky camera or head bob is a definite contender.
#25 Posted by FunExplosions (5535 posts) -

Really shallow stories and horribly-planned game mechanics make me feel sick.

#26 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19809 posts) -


#27 Posted by Ramyun (696 posts) -
@PixieNinja: I definitely get the sweating going on if I play for too long and it just absolutely awful especially on the couch. Head bob sounds terrifying to me.
PS. Also, HL2 totally did this to me as well.
#28 Posted by Video_Game_King (36567 posts) -

Tetrisphere made my eyes feel like shit. Does that count?

#29 Posted by Ramyun (696 posts) -
@Video_Game_King: It only counts if you haven't been playing it for long periods of time, but otherwise yes.
#30 Posted by Potter9156 (950 posts) -

COD3. The screen is constantly shaking. Reloading? IT'S SO FUCKING INTENSE THE SCREEN BOBBING UP AND DOWN MY GUY LOOKS DOWN AT THE GUN LOOKS BACK UP SCREEN SHAKING AND BOBBING. First game I ever stopped playing due to the fact that I got nauseous after playing it for more than 10 minutes.

#31 Posted by nickux (1451 posts) -

This is a very very rare thing but two games that I can remember have given me motion sickness: Super Mario Galaxy and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days.  
I think K&L 2 is for obvious reasons and as for SMG I think it was just getting used to moving around the spheres.

#32 Posted by IronPrefect (29 posts) -

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl's head bobbing made me feel like I was on a boat. Severe swinging from side to side when you're just walking and no easy way to turn it down or off in the menus. Twenty or so minutes in I was very nauseous and ready to vomit.

#33 Posted by SMTDante89 (2722 posts) -

Marathon 2: Durandal on XBLA.  I got a headache after playing for more than about half an hour or so.  I heard they patched the game to fix it, but I'm not really willing to try again.
#34 Posted by Nekroskop (2831 posts) -

All the Halogames

#35 Posted by Turbo_Toaster (1056 posts) -

Bubsy 3D 
Banjo Kazooie: Nuts n' Bolts (I threw up and was nauseous with an intense migraine for the rest of the day. Was kinda scary actually) 
Viva Pinata 

#36 Posted by DiscoDuck8k (509 posts) -

I can only play Half-Life 2 for a little bit before the feelings of nausea always start showing up.

#37 Posted by sopranosfan (1965 posts) -

Killzone 2 for whatever reason it made me nausoeus every time I tried to play it.
#38 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5875 posts) -

I saw a ScrewAttack video about Faceball2000 and that made my head hurt.

#39 Posted by MetalGearSunny (7465 posts) -

Kane and Lynch 2 made me dizzy.

#40 Posted by rflx (596 posts) -

The only game that ever made me queasy, was Wolfenstein 3D. That was back when I first started playing games, so maybe I've become immune to the it by now.

#41 Posted by SumDeus (1898 posts) -

The only times I feel sick are when I'm scared out of my mind. Condemned wrought that feeling....but what a great game.

#42 Posted by jackbag (210 posts) -

The original Killzone. 
I've never felt sick playing a game before, but something about KZ seriously made me almost barf. Couldn't play more than a few minutes of it.

#43 Posted by allenibrahim (383 posts) -

Descent multiplayer. Seriousely. Since I actually am sick right now, playing anything with that much swimmy controlling would knock me out.

#44 Posted by JacDG (2134 posts) -

Hawks 2 made me incredibly dizzy

#45 Posted by luce (4056 posts) -

Deus ex. Then again it's like my first real PC game experience
I'm getting motion sickness pretty hard

#46 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

Dead Space.  
The zero gravity room makes me nauseous so I will never finish the game. I really wanted to play through the story. 

#47 Edited by Lydian_Sel (2514 posts) -
#48 Posted by Gamer_152 (14279 posts) -

I know it happens to some people, I've heard quite a few stories of motion sickness happening to people playing Mirror's Edge or Portal but I have heard of it happening with much older titles as well, personally it's never been a problem for me.

#49 Posted by demontium (5084 posts) -

I guess if you grew up with retro games it makes you feel less sick than seeing a whole 1080 pixels on one screen (not that I don't like advancing technology).

#50 Posted by Deusoma (3184 posts) -

Predictably, it only took three minutes from the start of this valid thread for smartasses to just start naming games they don't like. 
On topic, I don't think this has ever happened to me, though I knew a non-gamer back in the day who got really dizzy trying to play Doom.