Posted Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:57 PM
I've never gotten any kind of real-world motion sickness, but many first-person 3D games definitely make me feel ill, and even some third-person 3D games have done the same. When it hits, I feel overheated (waves of heat), vaguely nauseated, and my stomach starts tying itself in knots. Maybe I get a headache too, sometimes. It's actually an extremely unpleasant feeling, and I find it entirely credible that it's the brain's response to thinking it's been poisoned (as some research suggests), because that's exactly how it feels -- toxic.
The most consistent offenders have all been N64 games: Goldeneye, Monster Truck Madness 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Forsaken come to mind. Forsaken was probably the worst -- I couldn't play it for more than 3-4 minutes. Driving games aren't usually a problem, but the wildly whipping camera in MTM64 made me feel horrible after about 20 minutes of gameplay.
As for other consoles, Toy Commander on the Dreamcast has done it, which is a shame as I was enjoying that game. I also seem to remember that Doom (on the Macintosh) made me feel a bit queasy, and FPSes are likely to be an issue -- but like Gabriel, I've had no problems with Metal Head 32X or, more surprisingly, the Halo series.
Also like Gabriel, I find that the experience sticks with me more than I'd expect. The thought of playing certain games immediately sets my gut on edge. I think there must be an involuntary component to it that's hardwired, not unlike how you can't stand the taste of a particular food for a while if you barf right after eating it. That response no doubt helped our caveman ancestors refrain from that second helping of fly agaric mushrooms or pokeweed berries -- if they lived to tell the tale, that is.