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VR Worlds' Scavengers Odyssey Gave Me Motion Sickness

Recently I had my first encounter with motion sickness while playing VR Worlds' Scavengers Odyssey, a game included with the PlayStation VR. Believe me, it was not nice.

Everything started at the second level of the game, where you are in outer space jumping from one asteroid to the other and walking (some times vertically) while shooting aliens. Suddenly, I started having the feeling of being very tired and a bit uncomfortable, but I thought I could stop after getting to the next level instead of stopping right away, that was a mistake.

A few minutes later after reaching level 3, I turned off the PlayStation, something wasn’t right. I was sweating a lot and I was starting to get an upset stomach. Being my first experience with VR motion sickness, I wasn’t sure about what I had. My first thought was that this was caused by something I ate. I had food poisoning in the past and it felt just like that. I went to the bathroom and sat down, I wasn’t sure if I was going to throw up or not. By then, I had the suspicion that it was the game that had done this to me. Still feeling like crap, I tried to figure out if my suspicion was true. So, as any normal person would do, I asked Google.

First Search: “Worlds vr motion sickness”
I found lots of posts talking exactly about level 2 of the Scavengers Odyssey game. So, my suspicion was confirmed.

Second Search: “Recover from motion sickness”
Sea motion sickness...no, let's try again.

Third Search: “Recover from vr motion sickness”
From dozens of results with weird advice, the remedies that made more sense to me where: Eating ginger, taking Dramamine and aiming a fan at yourself. However, I didn’t have any of those things at hand, so I decided not to do anything.

Forth Search: “How long does vr motion sickness last?”
The Internet says it could last up to a week…great.

Having confirmed the cause of my illness. I decided to go to sleep (it was already midnight). Luckily, the next morning I was OK again.

What Causes Motion Sickness?


I learnt that this happens because your brain is getting signals from your eyes saying that you, or the things around you, are moving in a certain way. On the other hand, the liquid inside your ear, responsible for balance, is telling your brain that you are not moving at all. Your brain interprets these conflicting inputs as a sign that you have been poisoned by something you ate or drank and triggers it's defense mechanisms. In this case, throwing up.

In any case, it is a horrible experience. In my opinion, you shouldn't ship games like this to the public. I am sure that among all the designers, developers, and testers involved in the making of the Scavengers Odyssey game, more than one should have raised the red flag, but somehow, the game still made it to the outside world and made people sick.

By the way, I didn't have any problems with any of the other games included in the VR Worlds, and I actually enjoyed the London Heist game quite a lot.

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