Submitted by Ziriux 1991d ago | article

Gaming Vest? No Thanks

Koku writes: "Have you ever wanted to experience what it feels like to get shived in the shower but without all of the messy blood to clean up? Immersion, immersion, immersion. Well if you do not feel like you are being immersed enough in your video games then some researchers from the University of Pennsylvania hope to remedy this. They have been working to produce what is more or less a vest that the player would wear so to have them feel the bullets and shrapnel around them." (Tech)

A HiFi  +   1991d ago
It would be an interesting experience...although it would require a big inVESTment.
GUCommander  +   1991d ago
lol wow. that's quite the play on words there buddy :P
Gandalf  +   1991d ago
Lol, sure. And when I'm at it, I'll get a gaming helmet and gaming boots.
Sexius Maximus  +   1991d ago
Does it come with a groin unit? You'll either get it on with someone, or get kicked in the balls. That's a tech I wanna see.
FragGen  +   1990d ago
Based on the description in the article it basically sounds like a rumble vest. FWIW, I think it might be kind of cool but hardly necessary.

Sort of like 3D.

Anyway... I actually was surprised at how rumble features in controls help with immersion and feedback and that's just a controller. The vest could rumble in different spots to indicate direction of fire in an FPS, etc. This sounds like it'd be pretty darn cool as an optional accessory for certain games if your REALLY into it.
Ziriux  +   1991d ago
Realism in games shouldn't be the focus their games after all, have fun with it.
elicymet  +   1991d ago
Devices like these are really interesting explorations of the way people connect to interactive media. At the base level, games that have violence and put players in life threatening situations are so appealing because they allow you to straddle that line between a connection to, and disconnect from, the visceral impact of what you're doing, all at once. The question then becomes, what do people want more, the visceral connection, or the safety of the disconnect?

Personally, I think this concept, though unique, would be discomforting at the very least.
Ziriux  +   1991d ago
I think the technology can be very hazardous.
cb810  +   1991d ago
This definitely takes it to another level...
StartWars  +   1991d ago
What a cheap piece of tat.
Ziriux  +   1991d ago
Whats tat?
duplissi  +   1991d ago
its british slang apparently


buy tat mugs, tshirts and magnets
Tat Noun. 1. Rubbish, junk. Abb. of tatty.

Used to refer to the kind of junk sold by crafty Co*kneys to unsuspecting tourists in central London.
E.g. "You can't wear that old cardigan, it's tat." {Informal}
rubbish crap junk useless cheap crappy naff
Ziriux  +   1991d ago
The way I look at it, too many people are focusing on realism to the point where you actually want to feel like you're the game. While that can be a good thing in many cases such as obese peeps loosing some wait by actually having to move around, there are many that just like the simple controller feeling. Which is cool, but games like Call of Duty and Halo can have fun with this, considering how many people just run and gun and takes bullets, it may be fun.
Cinotix  +   1991d ago
I personally cannot wait to buy this piece of technology and feel each MP5 bullet in my chest.
DigitalHorror81  +   1991d ago
Within hours, you can be considered a neighbor of Fiddy Cent. :o)
booni3  +   1991d ago
wouldnt wear it
IWentBrokeForGaming  +   1991d ago
This s#!t was already done with a backpack like device for the Sega Genesis
the Sega Genesis also had a octagon floormat that detected movement...

I remember opening my cartridges for Mortal Kombat 1 & 2 to find postcard inserts pushing these devices...

oh the old school ways... whats also new that is absolutely old tech is 3D aparently...

3D is old news until we don't wear glasses than it will be the revolution people are blindly thinking it is now!
Sexius Maximus  +   1991d ago
The good old days...
The Sega Master System had 3D specs too. Sega were INNOVATORS!!! Motion tech, 3D, gaming vest...Sega did it all back in the day.
IWentBrokeForGaming  +   1991d ago
Hell yeah that's what Im talking about
Someone who appreciates the good ole days...

my my haven't we seen gaming fall hard over the years...

it's amazing how much graphics, disc formats, motion sensing, exclusives, etc.. make or break gaming...

when in the end all the consoles still play games so I don't get why people have so many problems with game consoles now days...
Sexius Maximus  +   1991d ago
Thumbs up boss
Too true buddy...too true.
geth1gh  +   1991d ago
I personally think it would be sweet. Sounds like the person complaining is just a p*ssy.
Whitefox789  +   1991d ago
They've had these vests there was one vest that was compatible with Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl, personally me I would definitely want to try it.
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