Gaming on PC = over strain.

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#1 Posted by ahmedelsaka (121 posts) -

Hey guys.

Ive noticed this. when i play on my 3DS for hours and i feel okay. I use my PC for facebook and some other sh*t and im okay. But when i start playing games on my PC (my favourite way of gaming) and i get dizzy and my eyes get strained and i have a MASSIVE headache amd its just unbearable. But what the hell? I want to play! ive been playing on my PC for years and still this never happened before. i started noticing since 2 months ago.

#2 Posted by JohnFifteen12 (191 posts) -

You might want to run that by your doctor.

Doesn't sound normal/healthy at all, especially when it was never an issue in the past.

#3 Posted by gearsofhalogeek (1020 posts) -

Hey guys.

Ive noticed this. when i play on my 3DS for hours and i feel okay. I use my PC for facebook and some other sh*t and im okay. But when i start playing games on my PC (my favourite way of gaming) and i get dizzy and my eyes get strained and i have a MASSIVE headache amd its just unbearable. But what the hell? I want to play! ive been playing on my PC for years and still this never happened before. i started noticing since 2 months ago.

ahmedelsaka
i have this problem when i turn my resolution up too high in windows. no clue why it causes me headaches and eyestrain. It doesnt do this in games for me though, only windows.
#4 Posted by PCgameruk (1425 posts) -

Maybe your monitor is messing up? And watch resolution are you playing at?

#5 Posted by kieran88 (2273 posts) -

You might want to run that by your doctor.

Doesn't sound normal/healthy at all, especially when it was never an issue in the past.

JohnFifteen12
This
#6 Posted by spittis (1875 posts) -
This is just a wild guess but I have read about refresh rate on the screen being related to headaches and other symptoms for some people. If it's only when playing games it happens, could it be that the games run at such frames per second that causes these issues for you? Maybe play around with settings, enable / disable vsync etc to adjust the FPS and see if gets better.
#7 Posted by the_bi99man (11047 posts) -

Are your games running at low framerates? I used to get bad headaches running games my computer couldn't handle, and getting bad framerates. It is quite a strain on the eyes.

#8 Posted by Elann2008 (32991 posts) -
It could be the field of view of that game, or framerate.
#9 Posted by KalDurenik (3768 posts) -
Fov or framerate... Could also be coloring settings for the screen and how much light you have in the room.
#10 Posted by SovietsUnited (2321 posts) -

It could be the field of view of that game Elann2008

This, I'm pretty sure the main problem is FoV.

#11 Posted by W1ndstryke (6 posts) -
Many games are just poorly optimized or maybe you're just running them wrong, what games in particular are causing problems?
#12 Posted by Kendog87 (1111 posts) -

Sometimes I get headaches when i play an FPS with a small field of view.

#13 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -

[QUOTE="Elann2008"]It could be the field of view of that game SovietsUnited

This, I'm pretty sure the main problem is FoV.

Definitely. The main reason i can't play games like half life 2
#14 Posted by DoomZaW (6471 posts) -

I'd definitely ask a doctor. It might be epilipsy

#15 Posted by bonafidetk (3820 posts) -
My guess is whatever game you're currently playing has a too low FOV.
#16 Posted by giovannimcc (182 posts) -

If the pc is noisy that could give you headaches, posture also. The muscle of the neck can become tense if their in a bad posture look up trigger points for the neck. Also maybe see an optician as well as the doctor. If your eyes are straining this will cause your head to move into poor posture so as to let more light in.

#17 Posted by pelvist (4875 posts) -

[QUOTE="Elann2008"]It could be the field of view of that game SovietsUnited

This, I'm pretty sure the main problem is FoV.

This too, a lot of console ports these days have very low FOV that can cause nausea and eye strain.

#18 Posted by Starshine_M2A2 (4089 posts) -

Best advice is to see a doctor. I'm getting headaches over my PC right now but not for the same reasons...

#19 Posted by punkpunker (3321 posts) -

I'd definitely ask a doctor. It might be epilipsy

DoomZaW

this, you might want to try different refresh rate

#20 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38216 posts) -

Framerates or FOV is my guess.

#21 Posted by SystemsGO (1077 posts) -

Hey guys.

Ive noticed this. when i play on my 3DS for hours and i feel okay. I use my PC for facebook and some other sh*t and im okay. But when i start playing games on my PC (my favourite way of gaming) and i get dizzy and my eyes get strained and i have a MASSIVE headache amd its just unbearable. But what the hell? I want to play! ive been playing on my PC for years and still this never happened before. i started noticing since 2 months ago.

ahmedelsaka

Have you ever thought to yourself that something like this may be accumlative from years of abuse staring at various screens? I'm not sure how long you spend at your computer, or how long you spend staring at Gameboys or whatever.. But, if you're going to be staring at any sort of screen for lengthy amount of times it is recommended that you take breaks at least every 2 hours to avoid this type of situation.

But yes, as a Nursing Student having just studied the eyes you need to consult your doctor and get an eye examination, you could have some vision problems unveiling themselves while you're at the computer now after years of straining them. Headache when reading, while is very normal isn't a good sign, go to the doctor see what's up. But, he'll probably just tell you to rest your eyes intermittently.

#22 Posted by Krelian-co (11239 posts) -

You might want to run that by your doctor.

Doesn't sound normal/healthy at all, especially when it was never an issue in the past.

JohnFifteen12

only right answer

#23 Posted by guynamedbilly (12967 posts) -
Could be the refresh rate of your monitor? Are you using an LCD? You might need to try a 120Hz out at the store and see if that's better. The other causes people mentioned are more likely and easier to check though. Fiddle with the settings on your monitor. Maybe the brightness is just too high. Or maybe you are sitting too far away. Maybe your eyes are getting weak. There's lots of possibilities.
#24 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (6251 posts) -
Yeah I find that using a 120hz monitor helps with eye strain. All I need to do now is find a way to help with sore wrist from mouse use... I've tried everything!
#25 Posted by Byshop (11670 posts) -

To echo what everyone else is saying, check with a doctor if it's really bad.

Beyond that, it sounds like it could just be bad eye strain too. Refresh rate isn't the issue it once was back in the days of CRTs and a 60hz refresh literally meant that a still image was actually being flashed at you 60 times per second. LCD images persist from refresh to refresh which is one of the reasons they are so much easier on the eyes. However, a low quality LCD can still cause significant eye strain and headaches. I -highly- recommend IPS panels. These monitors are more expensive but in my opinion are very worth it if you have to look at them for extended periods. I have four monitors, three 27" IPS monitors and one 24" IPS hooked up to my main gaming rig. That's a pretty huge monitor landscape to stare at for 10-12 hours a day, but since switching to IPS monitors eye strain and headaches are a non-issue for me.

Everything else is just common sense stuff. Don't sit too close. Don't stare at a bright monitor in a dark room or if you have to use an accent light behind the monitor. etc

-Byshop

#26 Posted by PcGamingRig (7096 posts) -

I don't get headaches. do you wear spectacles or anything? you might need them for reading or gaming, that might be causing it.

#27 Posted by WaterSphere (217 posts) -
Might want to take a break from gaming and see a doctor.
#28 Posted by Nighteg (327 posts) -
I think you're talking about "simulator sickness". It happens mostly on FPS games. Are you playing the PC and the consoles on different monitors?
#30 Posted by Krelian-co (11239 posts) -

Gaming on the PC for many hours is, in general, quite masochistic, regardless of what other PC gamers want you to believe.

Get yourself a Wii and you'll recreate yourself a little just by playing it.

nameless12345

rofl dumb post of the month xD

#31 Posted by PetJel (3723 posts) -

Possible causes:

-FOV in games

-Room too dark compared to the screen

-Framerate problems

-Refresh rate monitor

-Sitting too close to a monitor that is too big

-Cause in your own physical health

#32 Posted by adamosmaki (9657 posts) -
Like others suggested it might be FOV of certain games. Currently i'm playing dead space 2 and i cant play more than 40-50 minutes due eye strain and dizziness
#33 Posted by adamosmaki (9657 posts) -

Gaming on the PC for many hours is, in general, quite masochistic, regardless of what other PC gamers want you to believe.

Get yourself a Wii and you'll recreate yourself a little just by playing it.

nameless12345
yeah except that a pc can be connected to a tv and use a gamepad Also my $300 office chair and 24" monitor >>>> a 50" tv and a gimmicky wii controller at 3-4 meters away
#34 Posted by JohnF111 (14093 posts) -
This happens when the draw distance and field of view is slightly off, looks normal but your eyes can't fully adjust to it and it starts hurting, just lower the settings a little and see how it goes.
#35 Posted by SolidPandaG (218 posts) -

Doctor first dude. Doctor first, all other advice second.

#36 Posted by SPYDER0416 (16736 posts) -

Low FOV can give me a headache, and I mean really low (like, the drunk effect on the original Deus Ex low) since I can tolerate quite a low FOV level. I can deal with it if it's on a big screen, like if I'm gaming on Xbox, but I guess the size of the monitor and my proximity to it makes me a little more annoyed by it.

#37 Posted by yummifullz (149 posts) -
Sounds sketchy I would definitely ask your doctor. Maybe reduce screentime all around.
#38 Posted by arto1223 (4404 posts) -

Look into getting some Gunnar Optiks or how ever they are spelled. They are speacially tinted glasses for gamers with these problems. I personally don't use them but I've heard many good things from many people.

#39 Posted by hywel69 (1086 posts) -

Also, buy a 360 controller for you PC to see if it makes a difference. I get a lot less strain now I use the controller. Lots of PC games make you stay in uncomfortable position, close to the screen. It could just be that you're getting older, you will notice staying in same position for hours on end hunched up, close to the screen will mess you up if you do it for hours each day. I used to be able to raid and PvP in WoW for hours on end, now I can't; same pc, same screen, same game, the only thing that's changed is me.

#40 Posted by heatfanman101 (2877 posts) -
I was having the same problem (gaming for years then was suddenly experiencing eye strain and headaches) several months ago. I even made a similar topic on here about it, the people who commented said that I should see a doctor about it so I did. Turned out that I had an astigmatism and had to get glasses. I haven't had any problems since and my vision overall has improved (and I didn't even notice there was any problems there to begin with). So seeing a doctor is definitely the best idea.
#41 Posted by danygo1996 (372 posts) -

Be glad its just a headache... im starting too see all blurry now... like over 2000 hours of league of legends these past 3 years

#42 Posted by SKaREO (3161 posts) -
You're experiencing the effects of "n00bitis"
#43 Posted by anab0lic (273 posts) -

Could be posture related....do you sloutchhunch over at your PC? Because that can often lead to neck/shoulder/upper back muscle tension that can give you headaches.

#44 Posted by Zubinen (2856 posts) -
Game on PC on a recliner, your butt will thank you.
#45 Posted by o0squishy0o (2764 posts) -

Do you play with any lights on? My guess would be that possibly with it becoming winter (depending on where you are) as its getting darker, you are possibly not realising you are playing in very low-light conditions which cause your eyes to strain more. Just my 2pence :).

#46 Posted by General_X (9032 posts) -
It could be the field of view of that game, or framerate. Elann2008
Fov or framerate... Could also be coloring settings for the screen and how much light you have in the room.KalDurenik
These. I know the default FOV for games like Borderlands 2 is way way to small for PC gaming and I had to crank it all the way up to not get a headache while playing. Also playing in a dark room with a bright screen is a massive strain on the eyes.
#47 Posted by jhonMalcovich (4826 posts) -

You should check your inner year, buddy. Or your stomach for an hernia.