I was reading though a thread about the Virtua Boy and this one person mentioned that he gets motion sickness from it. That had made me wonder...just how many people out there gets motion sickness from playing games? Also, does that make you that much more of a "classic gamer"? (assuming that classic games never makes you sick)
Now, please endulge me while I prattle on. Sadly, I'm one of those foolish people who takes his life into his own hands whenever I try a "3d-ish" game out. I know that I should not, but the temptation is oh so great at times. I almost always suffer from my folly of trying to play a 3D game. I have tried and gotten terribly sick on such classics as Doom, Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts, Metroid whatever for the GC, and on and on.
It's odd, where sometimes I can go for an hour without getting sick, and other times it's not more than 15 minutes. More odd is how I cannot play Katamari now for longer than 30 minutes, but when it was new I had not once got sick on it and could play for hours on end.
I've not really found out why this happens. I've tried motion sickness pills, sitting some 30 feet away from the TV, eating, drinking, making sure I'm well rested...it seems that it's a matter of luck if I'll be able to play a game and for how long.
It seems heritary though, as my brother has the same trouble as well. Perhaps some people out there has suggestions for me to try? It's really sad as I can get so easily sick with merely 15 minutes of play but the effects will linger for nearly 16 hours. I'll get nightmares where everything spins, lightheadedness, nausia (sp?), unable to keep my balance (walking like a lightly drunk person), etc. Sometimes I wonder what would happen to me if I push myself and try to game right though the sickness. I never had though as I assumed I would pass out or perhaps have a seizure...I usually stop as soon as I feel the light headedness setting in.
So my little condition has pretty much made me a "classic gamer." Actually I don't consider myself a classic gamer, but time has progressed the games to where I cannot play most of the newest releases. I cherish my old games from the 2600 to the SNES era, yes, but I thank the gaming gods for the DS and their new games (most of which I've been waiting since the Super Nintendo days for and I personally consider those games as what should have been the progression in gaming rather than force fed 3D gaming with the N64 and PS1).
Yet, what frightens me is that I consider the DS the last time that I'll ever get to enjoy new quality 2D-ish games. In another 10 years, I'll probably not be able to play any handheld as they'll all be 3D powerhouses playing games simular to what is currently popular now on the home systems.
Call me in a rut, but I know in 10 years I'll still want new 2D sequels of Zelda, Mega Man, Castlevania, Mario, and Metroid no matter how much of a rehash they are, but I really wonder if I'll get it. If I don't, then I'll probably be stuck as a "classic gamer" playing the old 2d games that won't put me in an ambulance even though I have a strong desire to play the newest games that the rest of the world enjoys.