Embracing pseudo-hallucinatory phenomena induced by playing video games

–Gamasutra featured blog– Bright and fast-moving particles of colours that appear and disappear with booming sounds like fireworks easily captivate our senses. Video game playing does not only enhance our senses and cognition while playing but also after playing. When closing our eyes, at every blink of the eyes or […]

Pokémon GO is reviving old memories and creating new ones

On the way to a dinner, my boyfriend and I decided to catch some Pokémon. After a couple of encounters, we felt we needed to catch them all on our way to the restaurant. Suddenly, some of our old basic primal instincts as hunters and collectors have been brought back […]

Applying game strategies to real life situations out of the blue

Playing a video game is a demanding visuomotor activity. It requires processing of a variety of sensory stimuli and puts in practice cognitive, perceptual and motoric skills. Training with video games for specific purpose have demonstrated to enhance numerous skills, particularly “serious games” or “good games” which are used for […]

Controlling spontaneous visuals from video games

Gamers have reported a variety of visual Game Transfer Phenomena experiences. These include perceptual distortions of objects or environments, mind visualizations and pseudo-hallucinations where gamers have seen images from the game floating in the back of their eyelids or in front of their eyes. Interestingly, while many gamers have simply […]

The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare‘s campaign based on Game Transfer Phenomena experiences

The Ministry of Health and Welfare in South Korea has launched a public service announcement warning about gaming addiction. The video portrays a variety of gamers’ experiences, similar as those we have reported in different studies on  Game Transfer Phenomena as part of my PhD thesis with over 3,500 gamers, manifesting in different sensory […]

Google Glasses withdrawal: Tech-induced dyskinesia?

Have you ever tapped your fingers to the rhythm of a song or moved your feet reproducing the steps from Step Mania? What is the seductive nature of the repetitive movements we engage in our daily lives? An intriguing case study reported by Yung, Eickhoff, Davis, Klam and Doan [1] has taken […]

GTP Adventures – Discussing visual experiences

In this comic, I have tried to portray two ways to interpret GTP. Which one do you think is the best? Maybe this is not your case but which situation do you think can help a gamer who is worried about his/her GTP experiences? Scenario 1 – negative interpretation Scenario 2 […]

The fixated nature of the brain & Game Transfer Phenomena

For years, I have been enthralled about the nature of repetition. I have observed how babies enjoy throwing objects repeatedly, playing hide and seek with persons and objects again and again, not to mention the joy adolescents find in watching the same movie several times (I did it in my […]

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