Reality Check - Controlling Games With Your Brain!
This week, with Cam away, Johnny steps in to see whether controlling a game through the power of the mind alone is actually possible.
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Flex those mental muscles and join Cam Robinson on a journey of discovery in Reality Check, the show that investigates the science behind your favourite games, and spawns a few wild theories of its own.
Schedule: Thursdays at 12pm PT
Host: Cameron Robinson
I cant think of a game I would want to take control of without first asking a few question as I think this video raises a few points for me.
my first question would be that if we can control something with are minds such as a robotic arm as the monkey did is it possible we could take this further, is it possible that we could control a completely robotic body with are mind, delving further into this is it possible that humans in the future could create completely cybernetic bodies, fusing an Organ base with machinery such as a more efficient machine version of are heart until are body is no longer organic apart from are brain ? kinda a bit like a "Ghost in the Shell" esc idea.
the other Question that comes to mind is could we create some sort of sensory feedback allowing the direct effect to be delivered to are bodies, for instance say we play a game such as Mirrors Edge that has allot of running in it (well Du), could we convince are real muscles/body that the muscles etc that we would be using in the game are actually being used in real life, if this is possible would it not be possible for people to do exorcise purely by using are brain ? not that I'm a fat person who just wants to be lazy lol, I just think its a great concept.
I'd like to take control of a camera or helicopter-type airborne vehicle in a game, had I the option. I'll leave the other things up to the fingers. My brain is too undisciplined as is.
Great episode but would have preferred to hear about Kevin Warwick and Project Cyborg over images of animal cruelty. He achieved similar results to those seen with the monkey but conducted the experiments on himself. Brilliantly he also goes by the name of Captain Cyborg.
I wonder if something like that is potentially dangerous.
If for example you die in a game and your brain really believe you're dead for real, maybe that would cause your brain to just shut down.
@packtop nah, your brain will just rumble like a rumble pack lol, but it would be kool if your brain can't tell the difference between the game world and the real world bit like that guy in the 'misfits' show lol
If you don't know already, look up Sword Art Online. Everyone's dying for the invention of nerve gear lol
haha yea that would be awesome. let me get some sensory feedback for every bullet I get hit with in Cod. I'll be screaming bloody murder as my body is ripped to pieces, like Alex Murphy, and as my neighbors are calling the police I'll wipe the sweat off my forehead and breath a sigh of relief "Ah it was all just a dream"
so what?is it like taking the S.A.T.? controlling games with your brain, lol. let me know when it will release dopamine in my brain and ill give it a go.
@wowwow27 That's been done and it was found that people could get super-addicted. In fact, there was little difference between them and actual drug addicts.
I swear when Johnny started talking about controlling videogames with the mind I thought of the nerve gears from the anime "Sword Art Online", and what I think would be an interesting use of this whole subject would be making robotic limbs like Adam Jensen's limbs in "Deus Ex: Human Revolution", or like Edward Elric's automails from the anime "Full Metal Alchemist"
@PlatinumPaladin I thought that too, but i also realized, that if it were to be faster, would we not had saved ourselves from embarrassment when sport balls hits us in the face all those times? Just only if we had that extra millisecond too react.
Here's Johnny =)
Good stuff but that 'experiment' with the baboon just looks a bit cruel and wrong, clever though and it reminds me of that basement jaxx video 'Where's your head at' hahaha.
It's pretty damn weird how little most of us(including me) know about our brains, it's like our planet's oceans. A lot say that more is known to us about mars than our oceans.
If I could play a game using just my brain it would be a zombie game, then perhaps I'd know what brains tasted like haa =P
When you consider the new Steam controller reportedly has haptic feedback so sensitive it can let the player distinguish between different textures in a game, you have to wonder why you'd bother with a control method that offers absolutely no feedback whatsoever.
Since you asked though, I reckon controlling something trippy like 'Journey' or 'Dear Esther' would be a bit of a mindf**k worth trying.
Great episode Johnny.
Crazy Scary shit man. I understand people loosing an arm & need it fixed up, but this could lead to some negative SkyNet Borg majamacallits. Also, When that monkey finds out how to kill its self with its own arm, its going to be messy....
The human mind has been able to control games for millions of years. It's called "lucid dreaming" and it's free to anyone who has a comfy pillow and a well rested night behind them.
Johnny did a good job substituting for Cam this episode. Time to see a Cam Feedbackula, haha.
@cratecruncherI must be one of those freaks of nature who has always been able to do this. I can stop 9/10 nightmares or make myself wake up if it gets to ridiculous. I can remember most of my dreams as well.
@cjtopspin because if you got to sit in a box and be given treats all day as your job you probably wouldnt want to ruin that.
Too paranoid with the way things are to stick any brain sensors on me that isn't directly related to doctors protecting my health...If this actually does become a viable thing in gaming I will wait a long time after all the critical news is out...
frankly if we can "separate" the mind from the body by "intercepting" all the signals that travel to and from it we can theoretical do the what you see in the matrix movies
no need for controls and or any other crap just a giant spike into your brain and ur good to go :P
Not sure with your mind but eventuallyyou wll be able to control it with your brain but it wull require some type of all purpose mote ala Wii
My concern about a brain-machine-brain interface for gaming is ability to create sensation. Would it be possible for a game company to screw up and make something actually painful? And what about hackers? No I'm not saying they could hack your thoughts but they could force you to feel sensations which you'd prefer not to.
Good job Johnny, interesting thought, while i would like more feedback and sensory such things from my games. i still like a outward controller to hold onto. and iv had too many surgerys in my life to want another even if it is for my gaming.
I think the game we would most like to control with our brains would be the game we like playing. Personally, I play Guild Wars 2 the most right now, so i would go with that one. But since most MMORPGs are basically the same, if done with GW2, I think it could be done with 'any' MMORPG.
The robotic arm portions of this episode reminded me of that great scene from series VII of Red Dwarf:
"Hand, pick up the ball..."
@KBABZ Not sure you are aware but every time you try to post a link to an image or a video, it has to be manually approved by a moderator. Trying to post the same link 4 or 5 times will only make the process slower, so post once and hope there's a moderator on =P
@Korvus85 I figured I double-posted! My first attempt came up with an error and asked me to try again, so I did. Then when it was done my first one was posted instead!
Its already possible to control a game with your mind I've seen it on the net before there studies being done already but the same barrier persist with there being no sensory feedback. This technology here is true virtual reality unlike the OculusRift which is nothing more then an over priced head mounted display. This tech is much more likely to lead us to what will eventually be considered a virtual reality environment which would basically be your mind being plugged into a virtual world being able to control an avatar and send and receive feedback from the game. Technology like the oculus rift isn't going anywhere and is really nothing new its essentially the same tech that was used in the failed virtual boy just much more refined but in the end its never going to be anything more then it is a head mounted display never true virtual reality.
@Marky360 This would have and send signals that take over your sight and hearing etc. I could only imagine the nausea of going back and forth. Just imagine a glitch, then you would really know how a TV feels...
Well Johnny you DID ask so here is my answer! What game would I like to control with my brain huh? a Command and Conquer game! Or really any RTS will do!
shameless self promotion. But you do pose a legitimate question, and the answer is because you dont work.