If you are a gamer and constantly struggle from motion sickness, dizziness, headache while playing video games, then you are not alone. Don’t worry I have some solutions for you to cure this sickness.
I have been having headaches while playing video games (not all video games) but from some specific video games that are based on real scenarios and are real-life-like.
As we all know that today the video games that are created today are more life-like, It should be common to think that the brain will have a difficult time adjusting and differentiating between the real world and video games which in return cause motion sickness and headaches among gamers.
How does video games cause motion sickness?
Motion sickness is a common symptom that can be described as nausea that people commonly suffer while moving (changing of images in front of them so fast that their brains aren’t able to keep the pace). It can be experienced while travelling on a Bus or a car. Here are a few symptoms that are occurred while playing video games
- Feeling Dizziness
- Having Headaches
- Sweating more than usual
Eventually, doctors are also not very clear on the fact that why gamers are having these problems while playing video games. This is also called Simulator sickness
Some doctors say that it’s because the mind is receiving signals at a very fast pace, your brain gets a hard time processing the images in front of you which causes motion sickness or headaches.
Here is a good example of it, I currently bought the game sea of thieves, the game is so beautiful that I was so happy I immediately bought it in the summer sale to play it with my friends. But as soon as I head into the game in the first 10 minutes of sailing a bot in the open ocean why the head was starting to spin and I was feeling motion sickness because of the sea of thieves.
Don’t get me wrong the sea of thieves is an absolutely gorgeous and brilliant game, but the game is way too real for me and it started giving me a headache because my mind was thinking that I am on a ship but my body was stationary and my mind gets confused and cannot process a whole lot of it.
What is Simulator Sickness?
Simulator Sickness is when you experience something without having your body actually do it, for eg you can experience flying fighter jets in video games using a VR in a realistic mode which in turn can give your brain some serious headaches.
Games that cause motion sickness?
- Call of Duty (old single-player parts).
- Horror Games like Resident Evil.
- Sea of Thieves.
- Fighter Jet Simulator Games.
- Gear of War
- Halo / Halo Infinite
How to get rid of motion sickness video games
There is no guaranteed way to permanently get rid of your motion sickness, but you can train your brain over and over to feel less affected by motion sickness.
- Take 10 minutes of break after every game.
- Don’t use a controller while playing horror games like Resident Evil Village or games like Sea of thieves.
- Adjust your in-game settings to the lowest graphics possible.
- Adjust the brightness of the game to lower than usual.
- Turn off Motion Blur in-game.
- Turn on game FOV to the max.
- Use of Basic Motion Sickness Remedies at home.
- Watch outside after every 10 minutes.
- Don’t eat too much and instantly start playing.
Take 10 minutes of break after every game.
Taking breaks after every game is a better way to cure your motion sickness Because it will give your mind and eyes the time to readjust in the real world again. This can be very helpful for your game performance as well it can help you maximize your gameplay performance.
Don’t use a controller while playing horror games or Pirate games.
Idk if it’s with everyone, or just me but I have seen many articles on Reddit as well people have been complaining about having headaches and motion sickness while playing sea of thieves and resident evil village while using a controller.
The main reason is that when you use your controller to move around the world, the camera movement when you use your joystick to move causes the character to see all the surroundings pretty quickly that your brain couldn’t able to process. Which in turn causes motion sickness.
Adjust your in-game settings to the lowest graphics possible.
One of the best ways to make the game world look less realistic is to switch to low graphics which in turn will make the game look bad and less real. So that your game can know the difference that you are watching a video or playing a game.
Adjust the brightness of the game to lower than usual.
Turning your brightness low in-game can make your eyes less affected to blue light which is the main factor in making your eyes week over time, Many people suggest wearing blue light filter glasses, if you don’t wanna buy one then you can simply on your blue light filter settings on your desktop or laptop.
Turn off Motion Blur in-game.
Motion Blur is a setting that when you move your character quickly in-game it will blur all your surroundings and make it look wired sometimes surprisingly real, I have to turn it off in every game because this makes my head hurt. Turning motion blur off can also help you in multiplayer games.
Turn on game FOV to the max.
Increase your game FOV can help you a lot because it will make your screen a little far so you don’t have to closely concentrate on objects. The closer the screen the more headache you get, I will suggest you max out your FOV if possible.
Use of Basic Motion Sickness Remedies at home.
Root ginger has proven to be an effective remedy If are feeling dizzy or nauseous. You can simply make a cup of tea with ginger in it or you can just pick up ginger and suck it while playing video games.
Stay Hydrated is the best way to keep your body flow going, water will help you with your motion sickness, Drinking more water can help your get and go to the bathroom once in a while, Which will help you stay fresh.
Watch outside after every 10 minutes.
Watching outside every 10 minutes is the best way to keep your eyes getting hurt from blue light. This will help you to see the outside real world every 10 minutes that will keep your brain calm and from feeling motion sick. that’s why I have set up my gaming PC near a Window.
Don’t eat too much and instantly start playing.
Don’t eat too much food while playing video games, Because when you sit immediately after eating food the process of digestion becomes slow for your body, Which in turn can make you feel nauseous and dizzy.
I tend to walk for 10 to 15 minutes which will keep me in shape and from gaining extra fat around my stomach, We all have to stay fit, Isn’t it right gamers?
If nothing is helping you? Don’t play the game
If you have followed all the steps above and tried many things and you still can’t get rid of the headaches and motion sickness then I will suggest you quit that particular game because it’s not very good for your body to go through that process again and again.
If you are still not convinced and want to get rid of it I will suggest you consult with a doctor for this issue or you can play that every day for 10 minutes only for 1-2 months which will fix your motion sickness for that particular game.
That’s how I fixed my motion sickness for Sea of Thieves.
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