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.

Discussion

122 comments
chechak7
chechak7

u are trying to show ur tattoo lol got ya  

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

I'd be a much better FIFA player if I wasn't depending on L1 to randomly select a defender for me. 

grove67
grove67

gta 5 ,stripclubs

is where i would start

scamarot
scamarot

The Matrix, thats what we need here, just without the crazy robots trying to end the human race.

MotokoHutt
MotokoHutt

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. 

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

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.

Nammez
Nammez

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.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Warwick

packtop
packtop

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.


SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

If you don't know already, look up Sword Art Online. Everyone's dying for the invention of nerve gear lol

skittzo_s
skittzo_s

Just don't tell Microsoft about this! God forbid we have the Kinect vB come out next.

Wensea10
Wensea10

Since games can be seen as a virtual reality, having mental powers also seems relevant.

Goobshoeriot
Goobshoeriot

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"

wowwow27
wowwow27

super nerd shirt... doesn't get any worse.

wowwow27
wowwow27

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.

ZEeduardo94
ZEeduardo94

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
PlatinumPaladin

250mph for a firing neuron is slower than I expected it to be.

Johny_47
Johny_47

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



kevicus12
kevicus12

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.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

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....

jellystanchina
jellystanchina

Brain Control 1.0 obviously will need to be bundled with Leisure Suit Larry.

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

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.

http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/


Johnny did a good job substituting for Cam this episode.  Time to see a Cam Feedbackula, haha. 

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

So....the monkey in the box.  Why not use the hand to rip open the box?


Silly monkey.

hikaruai
hikaruai

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...

vadagar1
vadagar1

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

electricalbill
electricalbill

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

Kraken422
Kraken422

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.

nayce54
nayce54

I want to control the women of the future: Tomb Raider, GTA Strippers, & Ellie (TLOU) 0.o?

nayce54
nayce54

Professor Feedbackula did a great job, but that's to be expected when you are a GREAT PERSON!

whitejackel
whitejackel

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.

skipper847
skipper847

Kinect it self doesn't work for me so I think this has no chance. :P

NetGod
NetGod

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.

mrgorgun
mrgorgun

Strange Days or gtfo..Sick of baby steps imroved technology already.

Marky360
Marky360

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.

cvbz
cvbz

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!

natanmir
natanmir

once again, it isn't the same without cam =/ but still good.

Gegglington
Gegglington

my eXistenZ umby cords been damaged my pods dying

Kinect Sensor Bar
Kinect Sensor Bar

Why control a game with your brain..... when you can do it with your body!

DWalker131
DWalker131

@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

skittzo_s
skittzo_s

*Disclaimer - Collection of brain data will only be used for marketing purposes... *cough*Bullshit

ValarDohaeris
ValarDohaeris

@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.

skittzo_s
skittzo_s

@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.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@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.

02pheland
02pheland

@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.

Silly human.

korvus
korvus moderator

@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

skittzo_s
skittzo_s

@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...

Mastermatta
Mastermatta

shameless self promotion. But you do pose a legitimate question, and the answer is because you dont work.

KBABZ
KBABZ

@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!