Henry Cavill rocks PC

Henry Cavill posted a video that shook many of us. It didn’t involve a challenge or a stunt for his next movie. It was simpler. At the same time, it meant a lot to some, including me.


 

Henry Cavill, a famous actor best known for his roles as Superman and The Witcher of Rivia, apparently has a hobby which can be called nerdy. Gaming.

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Video games have been always been frowned on. It keeps you indoors. It’ll probably make you procrastinate from your studies and will make you skip your workouts. Video game addiction was even recognised by the WHO as a diagnosable condition, and here’s my story. Yet, even food is addicting and no one seems to want to stop enjoying food.

While everyone fights to get their agenda across on this matter, people still love video games. Lately, it’s becoming increasingly more accepted. Esports and streaming games aren’t for basement bachelors anymore.

The legend himself, Henry Cavill, not only a seasoned veteran pc gamer but he had been planning to build his own personal computer. When he did, he recorded it, shared it on his massively followed Instagram, and people went wild.

Henry is now venerated as the PC Master race idol the world over. He’s the man who proved you don’t have to be a nerd to be a PC gamer. He’s the new face of PC!

Can’t lie, I seem to start developing a man crush. I mean, who wouldn’t?


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My Gaming Addiction

Lately, gaming addiction was described by the World Health Organisation as a mental disorder. Here’s my story and my thoughts.


My first experience with gaming started when my father got me a PlayStation 1. At the time I used to do lots of exercise and it never held me back from being human. That changed going forward but I’m getting way ahead of myself.

It was clear to me that I loved gaming as I still do, but the tendency around it changed with my general well-being and mental state.

At around 15, I got my first PC, I used it for school but mostly for play. I remember finishing my first ever game, it was called ‘Beyond Good and Evil’. Incidentally, quite recently they released a sequel to the game that I haven’t checked out yet.

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Anyhow, started feeling depressed around the time I stopped being physically active. Everything started to crumble. My parents were all the time fighting. School was becoming more difficult and less fun. Friendships started to dwindle, and my brain was longing for something to lose itself in and forget the horrible present. All this happened between the ages of 18 to 21 years old.

I started playing online. Oh boy, if I played. By that time, many people got totally into World of Warcraft, but I got introduced to Knight Online by a good friend of mine. I used to play until my shoulder hurt. At night, I pressed keys till I literally dosed off, amazingly still pressing keyboard keys to farm and gain in-game experience.

I was hooked and with time I became better and better at the game. Looking for guides on how to improve, practicing my skill orders and abilities. You name it, and I’ve done it. I even spent hundreds of euros on in-game gear and premium subscriptions.

At the time, it was the only thing I could latch onto that actually made me feel good. The only place where I forgot everything and just enjoy the moment.

I used to count the minutes left until I sat down in-front of my computer. I dreamt about the game even when I was out in the open world. Ended up even turning down invitations to go out. Played the game every second I had spare. I was properly addicted, but also in the worst mental state of my life.

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Then I dropped out of school, and started working. Things between my parents, slowly, kind of got better. I rekindled with old friends and made new. Slowly, I started feeling better. For a looong while, I completely forgot the world of online gaming.

Funny, huh?

Well, I theorise it’s not plain coincidence. My theory to explain all of this is that addiction is there to replace or keep out all the negative feelings that a person has. Be it insecurity, the need to feel part of a group, or else to give you that good feeling that naive happiness gives.

Gambling or Gaming can inject you with ‘feel good hormones’, when life tries to bring you down. It will fix you; more like patch you up.

Human connection is a key component of your feel good state, don’t ever underestimate it. Partners, friends and family are all important for your well-being, even though some of them might turn out mouldy, we all need a dose of human touch.

My idea got reconfirmed after watching this video, which you should watch too:

 

After watching the news, that reported video-game addiction being classified as a disorder, my past flashed in-front of my eyes. Doctors might be tackling the symptom and not the disease.

Even though I call it as something of the past, it still lurks in the dark. I still feel like diving into some gameplay as I type this post, even if I have to walk up in five or so hours. Yet, I can easily control it.

You would think that I’ve grown up and get thrills out of other things nowadays. Honestly, I find more satisfaction ending a game with a victory, than most of the things I do, day in, day out.

Maybe, I still seek the thrill that I’m missing in my old repetitive life.


 

Do you think gaming addiction is a real problem?

Did you ever face any sort of addiction, big or small you want to share?

Let’s talk in the comments down below 🙂

 

Gaming Motion Sickness

Motion sickness afflicts a large number of gamers, and researchers are scratching their heads.

My experience:Background

I’ve been gaming since the dawn of the playstation one. Was always a geek and with my first chunk of money in the bank, right after secondary, I bought a PC.

I used to game on a regular basis for hours and hour never having any problems.

Few years ago my girlfriend buys me the game ‘Dishonoured’ for PS3. I had just recently bought the console and had very few games to play so I was as thrilled as a little boy on Christmas.

After playing the tutorial, I started to feel a bit queasy. As I played on I couldn’t cope with the increasing nausea and a massive migraine ensued.

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I had to sleep for a few hours to get back to my normal self. That was my first confirmed case of Motion sickness while gaming.

After that incident I noticed that I felt uneasy ever time I played an open world game. I googled the symptoms and self-diagnosed myself. It was surprising to see that I wasn’t the only one to tango with this condition.

Scientific literature:Background

While I had these sensations on a screen, more and more people seem to be affected with Visual Head Gear like HTCVive and Oculus Rift etc etc.

S. Davis et al. (2014) in their review of cybersickness say:

In one study by Cobb, Nichols, Ramsey and Wilson (1999), 80%
of participants experienced cybersickness within the first ten
minutes of exposure to the virtual environment. This finding
demonstrates that, at least in some virtual environments,
cybersickness could be a widespread usability issue that could
impact on both the broader adoption of the technology but also the
continued improvement of the technology

This cybersickness phenomenon was first observed in extensive training of US fighter pilots using simulations. (S. Davis et al., 2014)

I personally couldn’t find any literature regarding these same effects when using normal monitors or a TV.

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Van Emmerik M. L. et al. (2011) investigated points of view and their effects when changed in VR headset users.

While they noticed that proportion of objects in a virtual world does effect the users, the theory that is vastly believed to be true is that of Vection. Vection is the mismatch between visual cues and the vestibular sense. (S. Davis et al., 2014)

In laymen terms, your sense of balance, controlled by an organ in the ear, gets upset that even though your eyes see a lot of action and changes in landscape, your sense of balance doesn’t.

Our brain is especially put off when 3D images are used in our ‘revolutionary’ VR Headsets (Häkkinen, J. et al., 2006). A lot of research is being done in this regard, especially since most of these devices are hitting the mainstream market.

My final words:Background

I’m really anguished that little research is being done with regards to the effects of motion sickness when using a normal monitor.

If like me you suffer from the same condition, I found out that playing games that have a fixed camera point like MOBAs or platformers doesn’t make me sick. There are also over the counter medication which could help, but it sucks to take pills to play games.

Some other suggestions, thanks to Extra credits and their video about this topic are:

  • Try to remove screen bob (running movement of the camera view point) – certain games have that as an option to turn off.
  • Dim your screen
  • Change your field of view – the larger your perspective is, the better.
  • Switch off your room lights
  • Limit your play time – duhhh!
  • Ease on your caffiene addiction – don’t take coffee, tea or cola. It might help a few of you.

Ages ago I also read somewhere that by gradually increasing the exposure to games that make you sick will ultimately make you more resiliant to the sickness.

Whilst researching I bumped into a friendly blogger named Two Happy Cats  (link to his post) who like me, knows the pains of it all. Go check it out.

References:Background

  • Davis, S., Nesbitt, K. and Nalivaiko, E. (2014) ‘A Systematic Review of Cybersickness’, Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interactive Entertainment, IE2014, New York, NY, USA, ACM, p. 8:1–8:9 [Online]. DOI: 10.1145/2677758.2677780 (Accessed 24 December 2017).
  • van Emmerik, M. L., de Vries, S. C. and Bos, J. E. (2011) ‘Internal and external fields of view affect cybersickness’, Displays, Visual Image Safety, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 169–174 [Online]. DOI: 10.1016/j.displa.2010.11.003 (Accessed 24 December 2017).
  • Häkkinen, J., Pölönen, M., Takatalo, J. and Nyman, G. (2006) ‘Simulator Sickness in Virtual Display Gaming: A Comparison of Stereoscopic and Non-stereoscopic Situations’, Proceedings of the 8th Conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI ’06, New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 227–230 [Online]. DOI: 10.1145/1152215.1152263 (Accessed 24 December 2017).

Gaming Rage

The time I talk to Hulk and he talked back.

For years now I have been a passionate gamer but I was never really good at it. When I was a MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) player, I spent countless hours playing, leveling my character and becoming better at player killing.

The environment there was always great. Spent most of those hours voice calling my allies. Cool guys, people I still keep contact with after all these years. It was always a thrill to fight together with my clan, and we laughed a lot too.

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Quite recently, while playing a different type of game (a multiplayer online battle arena), I played duo with this guy I met on the forums. These were his words before adding me: ‘added so long as it is not netflix and chill im fine with being chill xD’. He seemed nice and wanted to voice call. I agreed.

First game, he did well and so did I, but every small instance that something even seems to go wrong he would start getting rowty. Yet, he controlled it.

Second game, I play a perfect game. “I’m pissed off! I’m pissed off at this team.” he goes. Even though we pull off a really good game, he was so unsettled. I couldn’t concentrate, tried to calm him down with some words to no avail.three quote

It seemed as if he wanted to control everyone and everything.

I managed to avoid him for a whole 24hrs. The following day I thought I could give him another try.

We played the game, we did awesome but lost a fight and he went beserk.

“This is so sloppy! Everyone is so sloppy, I can’t believe it! You’re so sloppy, this isn’t gonna work!” uttering furiously.

With a calm tone I said to him, “Calm down, it was only one fight. We got this.”

“NO! I can’t calm down! I’m angry!” he barked out.

I felt like a parent to an 20 year old kid, went to the voice chat and disconnected him. I wasn’t gonna let him have that attitude with me.

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I played the game which we won in stomping fashion. Right after ‘Hulk’ unfriended me from the game and deleted the voice chat. Quite mature.

He was a good player for my rank and expected way too much out of others. He couldn’t handle a negative situation. I wonder how he handles life.

I’m sure he was in such a low rank all because he could never bounce back. That is what all rage does, it cuts the bounce to your step. Go play single-players, son.