I discovered something over the holidays, my friends, and I have to tell you, it’s something absolutely wonderful. I can play first person shooters again. I can run around in a virtual world and kill the enemy and not throw up all over the floor. At least for a couple of hours anyway. Let me explain.
A while ago, I posted about having Simulation Sickness, a condition where certain people cannot handle the visual graphics and movement of certain kinds of video games. For me, it was most prominently first person shooters. I LOVE first person shooters so you can imagine how this upset me. I missed out on a tonne of triple A titles in the last eight years or so of my life when this little ailment started.
However, over these past Christmas holidays, I was invited by the awesome members and friends of The Games Day Podcast to a marathon gaming session that lasted from 11:00 am until about 2:00 am. I was stoked because I hadn’t gamed like that since high school when I used to have all the guys over for hours and play the crap out of 007 Goldeneye for the 64.
I knew that first person shooters would definitely play a huge roll in the days events because they are awesome, but I knew there would be a plethora of games for me to play so I didn’t worry too much about it. When we got there we checked out the demo for Just Cause 2 which was totally awesome. I was happy because it was third person and the game play rocked.
We also checked out DJ Hero, which is a hell of a lot harder than it looks and despite my original thoughts on the concept, some of the mashups were actually pretty cool.
Eventually, I was drawn to the back room where some people were playing Call of Duty: Black Ops, specifically, the zombie mode. I sat down and watched for a while before someone put the controller in my hand. I stared at it for a few seconds before I started playing, expecting the well known hot flash followed by cold sweat and nausea. However, a few rounds into playing, this hadn’t arrived. I kept playing, learning the controls and getting used to the feel of it again as I wondered why I wasn’t getting sick.
Eventually I came to the conclusion that playing a first person shooter on an HD television did not cause the nausea I used to experience on an standard definition television.
As you can imagine, I was overjoyed. This was pretty much the game I played for the entire rest of the day, switching out with the other players, learning how to best play the game and experiencing multiplayer online gaming for the first time. Eventually, they filmed the last episode of the year, the topic being Game of the Year 2010. I got to sit in the background and play COD: Black Ops while they filmed it, which was awesome.
Eventually, I played for too long and I did start to feel nauseous, but I didn’t let this discourage me. Since then, I’ve purchased my own copy of the game and I have found that I can play for about two hours or so at a time before I need to turn the game off. I’m freaking thrilled. I have so many plans to play catch up with all the games I missed and to get in on massive online death match rounds.
So happy gaming to all of you out there in 2011…the year I didn’t throw up during a first person shooter!