#1 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -

This is a question that has stalked and perplexed me since the day i became interested in video games. 
Because feel free me to stop me if any of this doesn't sound familiar--You're playing a game, most likely a new one and then you get to that point when you get that little shiver down your spine, when you know you're experiencing something truly special, a feeling that only video games can evoke. But how exactly would you describe that moment? Some call it the "tingle" or the feeling of "elevation".
 
I still can't put my finger on how to describe it. And it's a little shiver i rarely get nowadays from games. How would you describe it?

#2 Posted by BeachThunder (12276 posts) -

I don't know exactly what you're describing; perhaps you're talking about flow? Maybe?

#3 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@BeachThunder
 
Yeah, that describes it pretty well.
#4 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Erotic.

#5 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

Erotic.

#6 Posted by PillClinton (3292 posts) -

kinda tingly down in my junk

#7 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

Erotic.

#8 Posted by CaptainObvious (3000 posts) -

Erotic.

#9 Posted by Animasta (14718 posts) -

that feeling, you can only say what it is in french

#10 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -
@100_Hertz said:
kinda tingly down in my junk
Kinda junk down in my tinglies. 
#11 Posted by mnzy (2920 posts) -

Hungry after a while.

#12 Posted by Matoya (416 posts) -

Obligation

#13 Posted by Seedofpower (3947 posts) -
@spurious said:

I do know exactly what you're describing (no it isn't eroticism, you baboons)
A joke is what they were referring to.
#14 Posted by foggel (2764 posts) -
#15 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -
@mnzy said:
Hungry after a while.
ya
#16 Edited by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@spurious said:


I do know exactly what you're describing (no it isn't eroticism, you baboons) but unfortunately, I have not yet looked into the physical, internal reasons for its happening (dopamine? I really have no idea). So, I've got nothing there. I can only describe it as...definitely not an experience that only arises through the enjoyment of video games.

Funny that Roger Ebert was the first I know of to call it "elevation." His "Great Movies" list is full of films that gave him the same sensation as you get when you play new, exciting video games. Maybe his insistence that video games are not an artform would be bent by learning that elevation, the heart and soul of his appreciation for film, can happen through games.  Probably not.

Personally, I come across it most when moved by a film, or music, or something that I see in the world (simply because these are things I am most exposed to). But the reason for the feeling is within myself. I don't know what this will read like but, if my thoughts are not actively flowing and shifting along with, according to, because of the external phenomena (film, music, real stuff) I'm experiencing through the senses (sight&sound, sometmes touch, like with water, especially rain/shower, but that's also sound), I will likely not get the feeling, the shiver, the elevation. It occurs most often only after parts of my thinking mind are activated in some inspired, extraordinary way, whether through linking the phenomena to some internal, grand concept, or something else. Hearing rain, being outside, feeling and smelling what it does to the earth and the air, is just an automatic trigger for me (actually, there's a level in Donkey Kong 64, the floating castle near the end, that opens to rain, and eventually a steamy water drainage pipe pouring out into a small pond. Even that has always given me the feeling. Favorite part of the game.) So, I guess the take away is that the feeling is not solely a video game thing, but a universally human sensation that can be triggered in a variety of ways. The trick is getting in the state, being exposed to the types of phenomena and thought that trigger it. I suspect people have gone entire lives without feeling it, because of the kind of life they lived. That's partly why the thought of making something like a film or a game that could trigger such a thing and be an inspiration ("to live better and to love more" in the decades old words of Terrence Malick) is exciting to me. 
 

That's quite the description you got there, mate! The thing is, that little shiver i get is what i think makes video games so compelling as a medium. It isn't just a from of escapism, it's an entire experience that you'll likely reflect about for a long, long time to come. I remember fondly some of those initimate moments i've had with games, with one example being the first time i played Halo: Combat Evolved and i got to the part where you're fighting alongside marines in the mission Truth and Reconciliation and the eerie soundtrack and visual spectacle that ensued on-screen caused a shiver to be sent through my senses, and that was when i knew that Halo was something truly special. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is also a good example. The ending of that flashback mission in Chernobyl where you are escaping on a helicopter, watching the landscape zoom by and you see the burning hotel you rappeled out of just minutes ago--it's those moments that causes me to get that "elevation" feeling, but for some reason it's not happening to me much anymore, why i dont know (maybe i have experienced it so many times that i can no longer cause it to happen or something weird like that).
#17 Posted by Discorsi (1390 posts) -

Huffing paint thinner

#18 Posted by Sin4profit (2992 posts) -

arousal. 

#19 Posted by supermike6 (3610 posts) -

It feels kind of like drugs.

#20 Edited by just_nonplussed (127 posts) -
@Popskinz
 
where on your spine do you feel it? because all of our emotions and feelings happen at specific places along the spine. for example, feelings of joy and ecstasy emanate near the little bone right at the end of the spine from where animals grow tails. feelings of love, sorrow and ambition happen around the heart area at the back and front of the spine. feelings of power and awe happen near the gut/stomach.
 
go here for more information.
 
video games are very efficient at manipulating our heart center, where we have much of our ambition. they're also great at creating sensations of joy.
#21 Posted by just_nonplussed (127 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish
 
how many games make you feel erotic?
#22 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@just_nonplussed said:
@Popskinz
 
where on your spine do you feel it? because all of our emotions and feelings happen at specific places along the spine. for example, feelings of joy and ecstasy emanate near the little bone right at the end of the spine from where animals grow tails. feelings of love, sorrow and ambition happen around the heart area at the back and front of the spine. feelings of power and awe happen near the gut/stomach.
 
go here for more information. video games are very efficient at manipulating our heart center, where we have much of our ambition. they're also great at creating sensations of joy.
 
I can't really say exactly where on my spine i feel this (especially since it's been a while) but it feels like my brain is causing like a shimmer of joy that sips through my whole body. It's a really intimate feeling that you have to experience for yourself to fully believe ;-)
#23 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

Erotic. 
 
 
Dammit, I'm late to the party.

#24 Posted by Kjellm87 (1728 posts) -

I dunno, it is a good feeling, specially when I have to work hard to achieve the goal. 

#25 Posted by phish09 (1110 posts) -

Citore ;)

#26 Posted by Gamer_152 (14099 posts) -

Well I get a lot of different feelings from playing games but like BeachThunder I think you're probably referring to flow state.

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#27 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

i feel good man.