9 Times Gaming Was Too Real

9. Getting Stabbed In VR And Feeling It

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PS VR is in the weirdest spot right now.

Regarded as a gimmick by the majority of players thanks to only having a handful of titles worth dropping 300 notes on, the reality of playing is that the technology is there, and sometimes it can really take you over.

Mainly down to our brains' sensory perception relying heavily on visuals, if a 3D effect is done well enough, your cerebellum will make up the groundwork between digital and reality.

To quote Morpheus in the first Matrix, “If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”

Case in point? Anything where a character interacts with your fake body in VR.

For me it came from PS VR Worlds, where in the London Heist game, an angry gangster betrays someone and stabs you right in the stomach.

Although I thought I knew I was playing a game, my brain totally registered the hit, and I felt a slight stinging pain, instinctively reaching for the area itself.

THAT is the "power of VR", and whether you're playing PS VR Worlds or something like the opening sequences of Resident Evil 7, these sorts of scenarios can lead to some really unexpected sensations.

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