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  xmenty

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Joined: 5/22/10
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4/01/14 2:18:14 AM#21

Can VR damage your eyesight?

 

Pardon my English as it is not my 1st language :)

  AIMonster

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4/01/14 2:01:56 PM#22
Originally posted by Foobarx
Originally posted by AIMonster
Originally posted by Foobarx

Why not just put your face one inch away from your computer screen and keep it there?

 

You are destroying your eyesight by wearing these things... fact not fiction.

 

Hows that for some "reality" that isn't so "virtual"...

It's actually fiction.  You only do temporary damage when you stare at screens for too long due to eye strain.  There is no proven permanent damage.  Lots of sources you can find on Google for this, but here is one:  http://www.news-medical.net/health/Does-looking-at-a-computer-damage-your-eyes.aspx

Unless you have a previous eye condition you should be fine.  Doing it for hours straight can cause problems for example I've had my vision completely blur and lose focus after doing a lot of overtime at work, it went away after about 10 minutes of not staring at the computer screen, but any problems caused should be temporary.

Go ahead and tell yourself that... but don't go citing some internet doctor when you are asked to wear prescriptions due to excessive eye strain related vision loss.

I'm sure you have better sources stating otherwise /sarcasm; however I do wear glasses and years ago when I was young I asked an optometrist if my vision loss was related to being in front of a computer screen for long periods of time.  I got a resounding no, that there is no permanent damage caused by staring at a screen for too long.  You can just Google this information and see that there are hundreds of sources stating exactly as I said and none stating the opposite as fact.

It was a rumor made up to get people away from television screens ago that stuck with people later on as fact.  Staring at screens for too long can in fact cause temporary eye strain and other problems, but none of this does permanent damage to the eyes.  If you play VR for prolonged periods you might experience this, but if you suddenly stop no matter how much VR you played after a while problems caused by the VR will go away.  It's not permanent at all.  A real threat is SOUND as blasting music in your ears does in fact cause permanent hearing loss.

I don't know if there are any long term problems from VR related to say the motion sickness, but I don't believe you'll get any LONGTERM eye related problems from too much VR.

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  tom_gore

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Joined: 2/27/09
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4/02/14 7:49:38 AM#23

Again a thread full of haters who have not tried the new generation of VR helmets.

I still haven't met anyone who is still a hater after having tried one.

'nuff said.

  SirAgravaine

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Joined: 7/23/04
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"From my rotting body flowers shall grow, and I am in them and that is eternity." -Edvard Munch

4/02/14 8:00:01 AM#24
Sword Art Online. 'nuff said.
  imunreal

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Joined: 6/28/12
Posts: 13

4/04/14 11:55:52 AM#25
Originally posted by Foobarx

Why not just put your face one inch away from your computer screen and keep it there?

 

You are destroying your eyesight by wearing these things... fact not fiction.

 

Hows that for some "reality" that isn't so "virtual"...

That is not "fact", its an old wifes tale. This "damaging eye sight" thing has been going on since the 60's when a faulty TV was released that emitted harmed xrays.

There is A LOT of research into what you stated as "fact" that show that what you said is indeed "fiction"

 
  imunreal

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4/04/14 11:59:08 AM#26
Originally posted by xmenty

Can VR damage your eyesight?

 

 

Recent research shows that being close to a screen or dark rooms do not do any permanent damage to your eyesight. The worst you will get is some discomfort during or time adjusting when stopped.

  Bleakmage

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Joined: 12/06/04
Posts: 177

I cut my teeth on Pong. \m/

4/07/14 7:21:33 AM#27
Originally posted by Snippet60

Virtual reality, 3D, graphics engines surpassing what we have right now.. none of this is helping gaming.  It might be interesting for the moment, but it's not sustainable.  Shift from graphics designers and engineers on these gimmicks and start paying game designers to make stories that will blow you away.

No one got into such a crazy uproar over mass effect's graphics, they did over the story.  Story is make or break.   People are getting into 8bit and emulators to revisit stories, not the way fire flickered off walls from torches and the way them shadows mimicked real life.. Oh my god, but maybe I'd buy the Oculus for that awesome face the guy is making in the picture.

Story is indeed, sir, what it is all about, but no crappy graphics though :D

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  Fensfield

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Joined: 5/14/10
Posts: 4

4/07/14 1:32:59 PM#28

Well, on the not being able to see one's own character..

Looking in a mirror?  Or, you know, just looking down at oneself?  The perspective from which you see the character you've created and the stuff you acquire just changes, that's all.

Unless of course we're still stuck with the current generation 'disembodied arms in front of the camera' setup.  Which seems decidedly stupid with a VR setup in the mix.

Honestly the only issue with character customisation that I can see in this regard is to do with voice.

 
Further, why, exactly, does VR gear necessitate first person perspective?  It's a window into your character's world, just like your monitor, and FPS-style games aren't a necessity.  A VR headset could still offer increased immersion just by letting you 'be there' where the camera normally hangs out.  Sure it might be more fun in a lot of cases to play first person, thus.. but still, it isn't like a law or something.
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