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Motion Sickness & Gaming – How to Manage it!

Motion sickness is the actual bane of my existence. A 15 minute bus trip can send me reeling, I can’t watch films with hand-held camera (good bye Blaire Witch Project), and finding games that I can actual play is like finding a needle in a hay stack. When I searched online, I found that this was a pretty common problem. It was only this year that I had finally found games that I could enjoy without having to throw up afterwards. So I figured I would share my good fortune, and general tips, with other poor motion sickness sufferers.

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Check out some Visual Novels!

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So you can’t play awesome games like ‘Skyrim’ or ‘Assassins Creed’, gaming isn’t shut to you forever. There’s a multitude of complex games that you can find under the type ‘Visual Novel’. Visual novel games are mainly text-based, with little to no movement. In its purest form you just have to select some dialogue options, other times you can click around the screen while play mini-games. While there aren’t many ‘action’ visual novel games, my favourite two are ‘Danganronpa’ and the ‘Zero Escape’ series. Both of these mystery games have intricate storylines, fantastic graphics and just generally great characters.

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Other popular visual novel games include Steins;Gate, Phoenix Wright, Clannad, Umineko & Higurashi, and a multitude of otome games!

Invest in a PS Vita

One of the main reasons I got back into gaming was through my PS Vita which my dad bought me for my birthday last year. I love my PS Vita as much as I love my cat. It’s a pretty steep set up price, about $200 for the console and maybe another $50-60 depending on what memory card you want. But I really do recommend it, if you have the money. Most of the visual novel games that I mentioned above are available on the PS Vita, and the PS vita also has an incredible library of other games you can play. One really fun game is ‘Persona 4: Golden’, which you can get in the Sony store for about $15. While this game does feature some movement, it is very limited and you can quickly control the ‘camera’ so that it doesn’t move around like crazy.

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The final real pro of the PS Vita is that you can ‘remote play’ some games form PS3 and PS4. Unfortunately I don’t have the PS4 version of Persona 5, but you can 100% play that on a smaller screen. Playing on a smaller screen will help with your motion sickness, as the movements will not be as intense.

Gaming Marathons are not for you

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Finally and most importantly, know your limits! We’re not built for 3 hour gaming marathons, and definitely not for first person shooter games. I’m currently making my way through ‘Persona 5’ and if I play for more than 45 minutes, I’m in for a bad time. By stopping just before you begin to get incredibly unwell, you can even begin to train your body to not react to movement so much.

Games I recommend

I mentioned a few games above, but I thought I might finish with a few games that I do not have much trouble with. I’m also only listing games that I have played and enjoyed!

  • Any otome game! Β – I personally really loved Sweet Fuse & Code Realize
  • Any Pokemon game!
  • Animal Crossing – is alright for short bursts of time!
  • Danganronpa 1 & 2
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Fire Emblem: Birthright
  • Fire Emblem: Conquest
  • Hatsune Miku Project Diva F
  • Hatsune Miku Project Diva X
  • Hatsune Miku Project Mirai
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
  • Persona 4: Golden
  • Persona 4: Dancing All Night
  • Root Letter
  • Wolf Among Us
  • Zero Escape Series
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14 thoughts on “Motion Sickness & Gaming – How to Manage it!

  1. I have the same problem too, if the FOV isn’t large enough I get a splitting headache pretty quickly. Skyrim, I got used to, but the first few hours i spent playing it were miserable af. Persona 5 was fine for me, but I’m used to the series so that might be one of the reasons. Thanks for the great post!

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  2. Motion Sickness while gaming sucks. Luckily it doesn’t happen too often for me anymore but when it does I’m left feeling bad for like a couple hours. I’ve noticed for me it mostly happens with fast paced and twitchy shooters. That is why I try to avoid them.

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  3. I get motion sickness sometimes, but fortunately it’s not nearly as severe as yours. (You poor thing!)

    And for otome fans, more might be shifting to the PS4 (and with 2-in-1 releases!), so that’s an option for those who don’t want to invest in a Vita. Or get the cheaper PSTV which is compatible with most games.

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  4. I do get motion sickness (though not every time) while riding in a bus, and I used to experience it at times while playing first person shooters. But I honestly have to say that I really feel for you. I’m glad you are able to experience games in this way. Thanks for sharing: great post 😊

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  5. Whoa, I had no idea you suffered from this :000
    That sucks, but I’m glad that this made you able to find visual novels and delve into them, because it’s a pretty great genre.
    Danganronpa, Zero Escape, Ace Attorney, Umineko, Higurashi, oh my you’re after my heart Steph! πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ’•πŸ’•
    Definitely need to play Steins Gate and Key games, cause I haven’t yet, and a lot of the otomes that came out recently πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
    Oooh glad to see some love for Sweet Fuse! πŸ’•πŸ’•
    Wolf Among Us is so good, I’m in need of the season 2 of it, Telltale make them all already dammit :))))
    I’m glad you’ve been able to conquer this impediment and experience all kind of good things still πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–βœ¨

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    1. Thank you! It honestly was the best revelation ever. For some reason I couldn’t get into Steins Gate, it was actually the first vita game i got (because of all the reviews) and I just find it a bit meh. Yessss ahh Wolf Among Us gives me life~

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      1. Really? That’s always a bummer, I’m glad you still stuck to trying out the genre and ended up falling in love with it πŸ’•πŸ’•
        Wolf among us final fight made me SHOOK, I swear I was more alive than in my daily life, it was so epic aaah. It’s why I got bummed they started announcing a bunch of new projects and no wolf among them for the longest time orz

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      2. Same ;_; I need a sequel~ I recently got the Walking Dead telltale game, and it’s good but not nearly as amazing as Wolfie. Ahh now I wanna go replay Wolfie, I was so invested in the Snow White X Wolfie ship

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      3. Gasps
        The first game of walking dead made me cry so bad at the ending. I was devastated asjdkshsks Don’t judge it on the same level as Wolf, cause they were done with different atmospheres, plus different years (WK was first and they learned a lot with it) but you’ll like it!
        OH, if you’re invested do what I did, read the Fables comics. The game is a prequel to them, and the ship gets answered if it comes true or not /winks

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      4. If you do play it, I hope you enjoy it πŸ’•
        Is it? ASDHLFLD!
        Don’t forget to check out the comic if you’re interested in the world, it’s the original so it really builds the world and characters well πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

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