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The Trickle - Motionless Sickness

December 11, 2013 - Brian Ferry
I tried out a driving simulator the other day.

It didn't have the best graphics I've ever seen. It wasn't based on speed. The scenery wasn't that great.

The steering wheel seemed a little undersized. The turn signals and other controls were not familiar. The gas and brake pedals were fine.

But it was plenty realistic in one way.

I was driving along, trying not to run into people, animals, other vehicles, and buildings.

Sometimes that required braking. The first time I hit the brakes, I felt odd.

The second time, during a left turn, gave me a serious motion-sickness feeling.

If I had had that pizza before, things could have gotten ugly.

I understand the inner ear getting messed up when you do things it doesn't expect. And I know that the brain's interpretation of what is expected can play into that. My body was expecting to continue moving forward (or forward and right) slightly during braking and have to combat that motion.

What I didn't expect was getting motion sick from not moving.

I had to stop "playing" and sit for a while. It was very odd.

My hope is that I am so unusual in this regard that I'll be well paid to test simulators. Of course, I'll expect more pay for more sickness.

 
 

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