My hubby’s birthday is coming up, and I gave him his gift early, because it was big and hard to hide. Plus, I couldn’t wait to see how excited he would be to open it! He’s been hinting about wanting this Playstation 3 (80GB) for months.
I had thought about waiting until Christmas to buy it, but I’ve been working a lot lately, and decided to go for it, to surprise him. Plus, he told me it will play Blu-Ray discs, and that would be a good deal, since a Blu-Ray player would be almost as expensive on its own… Sure, sure.
The first game I got him is Call of Duty 4. If you’re not familiar with the Call of Duty games, it’s a first-person wartime simulation. (Do you watch The Office? Remember when Jim went to the Stamford branch, and they were playing Call of Duty as a team-building exercise? And Jim was in the corner with his sniper rifle, jumping around and going nowhere? That’s the game.)
Anyway, he fired it up and started playing, and I was watching the screen, amazed by the clarity of the graphics, and the realism of the motion and everything. The flash-bang grenades actually have a blinding effect, and you can hear the ringing in your ears.
There is a scene where the team has to escape from a sinking ship. You have to run through the labyrinth of cargo crates, metal stairways, narrow corridors, and make your way up to the deck and jump into a helicopter, all while the ship lists and leans. It’s thoroughly disorienting.
As I was watching him negotiate the sinking ship level, I started getting all clammy and hot. My tummy tightened and twisted. “Is it hot in here? Why is it so hot in here?” I leaned back and put my feet up on the coffee table, suddenly feeling very sick. Nausea… uck.
After about 3 tries, Hubby completed the level and went on to the next chapter of the story. I still felt yucky, and I was trying to figure out how I could be sick.
“I think I’m seasick from your game.“
“Oh, yeah. There’s a note in the instructions about that.”
Stupid game. I went upstairs to lie on the bed and recover, with the fan blowing cool air on my face and arms. Much better.
If you get a PS3, be careful if you’re prone to motion sickness. I’ll be sticking with less realistic games, I think. 🙂