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    Examples of good immersion

    Immersion is the primary goal of any game. You play to get away of the real world for a little, catch a break. When in immersion is achieved in a virtual world, you feel like you are actually there. Some examples that amazed me:

    Running in Battlefield 3. The character breathes like a real person while running, camera shakes in such a way that it looks just like if you were sprinting. The detail of the surfaces looks so real. Then you suddenly find a jeep and get on it thinking "man, good thing I found a jeep, I was getting tired of running". But you were not really running, you are sitting in a computer... that's immersion.

    Raining in Minecraft. Specially using surround sound. You stand inside your house during a rain. Looking out the door, you year the rain. You turn around and now you hear the rain behind you. You turn around again, you hear the rain in front of you... you get out into the rain, it sounds louder now and suddenly you feel cold. You actually feel cold, because rain is falling on you... but you are not really in the rain, you are in front of a computer... that's immersion.
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    So they have surround sound with 4 bit graphics and call it immersion? I really don't get the attraction to minecraft. The videos of things people do in it are pretty cool, but thinking of the hundreds of hours of play time invested in a game like that...

    I found any immersion I was getting by stalking and blowing people away in war games was quickly taking over by annoyance at the tk'r, the 12 year old who won't shut the hell up, or the guy on the other team with the 10:1 kd ratio. Sometimes I miss my PC days when I was actually able to pick my server and when I was good with the mouse/keyboard.

    On the other end, I STILL have dreams of areas of World of Warcraft after the hundreds, probably thousands of hours invested in that game. That was immersion--50 hours a week for many many months.
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    Descent II. Graphics, not so fancy. But edging up to a corner in a mine tunnel, and actually attempting to peek around the side of my monitor for a possible ambush... yeah, that was good. Not to mention the which-way-is-up-here-oh-who-cares aspect of 6 degrees of freedom The Descent series was capable of inducing serious motion sickness in some people.

    Also, I was seriously sad when I accidentally killed GuideBot the first time (sustained splash damage from lava using the Phoenix Cannon) RIP GuideBot

    That also reminds me of a couple times I was driving my car and thought I heard the INBOUND MISSLE LOCK tones from Descent II. EVADE, EVADE!! ...oh wait, that's just my windshield wiper

    Tangentially, GOG has Descent II converted to run on modern Windows, for those who want a cheap blast from the past.

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    There are other examples that immerse by flashbacks. Anybody who played a decent amount of hours in Halo will probably be ready to blow stuff up by the 45 second mark of the following:



    ...and the chants make a great ringtone.

    PSS: You *can* mod a Toyota Tacoma into a Halo WartHog... just so you know.
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    Do you keep a bag of Doublestuff Oreo cookies on the table while you are gaming?

    Can't do a steady diet of french fries if you're in training.
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    Mechwarrior 3, now that was a game to get immersed in! Devils forever!
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    I have Skyrim in my cart...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    I have Skyrim in my cart...
    Remember to sleep every few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    Remember to sleep every few days.
    That's another immersive virtual world. Great graphics, and you never know what will happen.
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    I am delaying my skyrim purchase until after finals. I am delaying my skyrim purchase until after finals. I am delaying my skyrim purchase until after finals....

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    You guys do know that the ultimate immersioln experience is just outside the front door, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
    You guys do know that the ultimate immersioln experience is just outside the front door, right?
    My broken and fractured bones, scars, odd pains here and there out of the blue say it's over rated.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
    My broken and fractured bones, scars, odd pains here and there out of the blue say it's over rated.
    But I hear the graphics and framerate are excellent. Surround sound too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    But I hear the graphics and framerate are excellent. Surround sound too!
    But quality of content depends on the neighborhood IMHO. Like if you live in Detroit, there's no need for 1st person shooter games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    But quality of content depends on the neighborhood IMHO. Like if you live in Detroit, there's no need for 1st person shooter games.
    The currency system is also a drag. You wouldn't believe what they make you do to get the Jeep, it can take years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    The currency system is also a drag. You wouldn't believe what they make you do to get the Jeep, it can take years.
    And I hear the respawn rate is quite bad.
    "Hoy es un dia normal, pero yo voy a hacerlo intenso" ~ Juanes

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    Outside is soooo old school. My grandpa has stories about playing Outside. I prefer something more modern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
    You guys do know that the ultimate immersion experience is just outside the front door, right?

    You mean the cars in the parking lot?
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    The "Outside" game has absolutely amazing female renderings indistinguishable from wetware. And the more time you spend "Outside" the interactive modules use fuzzy logic to make them more and more accessible. Keep at it and the refresh rate gets better too.
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    We may never see Ruben again:

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    Rube,you're still of age to enlist in the ultimate mortal combat for real life immersion.
    No silly cords or frozen screens to hold you back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    We may never see Ruben again:

    I want...

    That would make me get back into gaming.
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    holy crap. The paintball guns are a nice touch.

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    I have an environment I love. It's in HD, surround sound, and you really feel part of it. It's called "outside". I rode my bicycle 100 miles in the rain yesterday. It was quite "immersive". It was so immersive that I had to dump the water out of my shoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    I have an environment I love. It's in HD, surround sound, and you really feel part of it. It's called "outside". I rode my bicycle 100 miles in the rain yesterday. It was quite "immersive". It was so immersive that I had to dump the water out of my shoes.
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