As a gamer coping with heavy motion sickness while gaming, I’ve wanted to list solutions to help anyone in need.
I had my first motion sickness crisis around age 9 when I played Lotus for hours at my friend’s house. It wasn’t a good experience to vomit at your friend’s house, and her mother got angry about it. After 30 years of coping with it, I’ve managed to keep it under control most of the time.
In simple terms, motion sickness or Simulation sickness happens because you are sitting in a comfortable chair but moving in the game, and your brain feels there is a problem. It happens to many people even if you’ve never experienced it in real life, it’s possible to have it while gaming. Generally, people feel dizzy, have a headache, and are nauseous when they are affected by motion sickness. If you ignore it, it will worsen, so here are my solutions.
LET YOUR EYES RELAX
In my experience, relaxing your eyes is the best way to cope with motion sickness. First of all, I close my eyes for at least a minute between games, so I don’t let my eyes dry. Second, I choose an object that is not moving and look at it between games to relax my eyes which generally gives me more playing time.
DRINK ENOUGH WATER
While concentrating on your gameplay, you can forget to drink water that is important to your body. Protecting your body from dehydration generally helps with the headache that comes with motion sickness.
LET YOUR BRAIN KNOW WHERE IT IS
As I told you earlier, motion sickness happens because there is a difference between reality and what’s happening on screen. Standing up and walking in the room or even going to the kitchen to get something to drink while relaxing your eyes will do the trick. Give your brain even more information about where your body is in space.
HOW TO SELECT YOUR SCREEN
Our peripheral vision is approximately 170 degrees, with 100 degrees comprising the peripheral vision. I advise you to choose a screen that covers 100 degrees of your vision. This will reduce your coverage to see standing objects around, and you will have less sickness. Also, it would help if you looked at the screen directly; looking at it from an angle will make things worse.
CHANGE YOUR GAME SETTINGS
We all want to play with the highest settings, but according to my experience, these will help you reduce your sickness. No one likes a lower frame rate, but it will help your brain to understand you are just playing a game and it’s not real.
Most games have different camera modes; the first-person view will significantly trigger your sickness. It would be best if you chose a different camera mode; a third-person view is the best. It would help if you also lower the depth of field, reduce motion blur.
Like all things in life, it will get better with practice. The more you play games, the less it will trigger your brain that there is a problem. So GAME ON!
SEE A DOCTOR
Lastly, you should consider seeing your doctor for your eyes. Things like astigmatism also effect your gaming experience.