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Biofeedback Game Soothes Minds

simoniker posted about 11 years ago | from the my-chakra-ran-over-your-mumm-ra dept.

PC Games (Games) 14

Thanks to GameSpot for their story trailing the November release of the biofeedback based PC/Mac game, Wild Divine. This previously Slashdot-covered, very unconventional title uses a "biofeedback component [to] measure a player's galvanic skin response (GSR) and heart rate variability", and in a quoted gameplay example, "...a player who's required to lower a floating feather won't be able to do it until moving into a somewhat meditative state." Unfortunately, the newly announced "introductory price of $129.95", including biofeedback hardware, may cause a little muscle tension, but the official site has new info on hands-on demo locations.

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Didn't we also... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6970603)

...link it to some wacky new-age cult in a previous article?

Oh boy (-1, Flamebait)

77Punker (673758) | about 11 years ago | (#6970838)

Think of the uses in the porn industry... :-)

biofeed back hardware? (2, Interesting)

fireduck (197000) | about 11 years ago | (#6971261)

i can remember way back in the day when i had my atari 800. some computer mag had a program that supposedly monitored your biorythms. so, being the industrious 5th grader i was, i typed the thing in and then went about constructing the necessary hardware. As I recall, the instructions had me disassembling one of the paddle controllers, banana clipping wires somewhere inside the paddle and then clipping the other end to aluminum foil wrapped around my finger.

unfortunately it never quite worked right. on the other hand, it was definitely a lot cheaper than $129...

Re:biofeed back hardware? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6971701)

I think your error came in where you wrapped the aluminum foil. If I recall correctly, the aluminum foil was supposed to wrap snuggly around one's testicles. That should take care of it for you.

Now, you probably don't have your Atari anymore but I have a working version of this working on mine. Why don't you cum over some time and I'll hook you up to it? It'll be fun.

I'll bake a cake.

YOU'VE BEEN HOMO-ASSAULTED!!

Re:biofeed back hardware? (1)

baywulf (214371) | about 11 years ago | (#6972054)

There were actually some consumer devices made by Atari that you could buy back then. I think they called it Atari Lab or something. They have a couple of devices. One was a biofeedback device and another was a thermometer.

!care (0, Troll)

acxr is wasted (653126) | about 11 years ago | (#6971265)

I think we have another candidate for "Most Over-Hyped Game."

Re:!care (3, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | about 11 years ago | (#6973705)

troll or not i underline it too.

i mean, with lines like "The game is cast in a way that it looks and feels like magic, but it's all working within the psyche." and "With various mind and body exercises, the player navigates--during a healing journey--into a lush, pleasurable fantasy world filled with challenges, adventures, and other experiences to reduce stress, center the mind, and calm the body, cultivating an enhanced sense of self and soul-awareness.", now, soul awareness and other stuff is usually the kind of crap that hare krishnas & etc use when they're trying to sell.. krhm.. 'donate' you a book(against your donation to them) about some mind excersises and crap.

gameplay wise there's not much there. if i want a soothing experience i take a book and read it... not force myself to slow pulse to watch some pre-rendered shit game(by the showoff video it looks like it's a cdi game!).

"transforming experiences" my ass, it looks very much like a beefed up relaxation audio tape.

Re:!care (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | about 11 years ago | (#6977226)

Imagine though if you would a game where your mood and thoughts CAN control the game. For instance, in order to cast certain spells you have to be in X mood. Or to do special move Y you need to be feeling Z amount of rage.

Personally, if they took the newage crap out of this, it could make for a bitchin Samurai game, similar to Kengo: Master of Bushido for the PS2. You have to do training exercises, such as crouch under a waterfall, or go through a bamboo forest cutting down all the trees, or putting out candles with your sword.

Re:!care (1)

acxr is wasted (653126) | more than 10 years ago | (#6992092)

Hehe, I remember Tiger Direct selling some "biofeedback" device to play games. The silly little thing slipped over your finger, and somehow this allowed you to control some skier going down a hill. Mumbo-jumbo, I say.

How to cheat, let me count the ways. (1)

sjoplin (556514) | about 11 years ago | (#6972372)

  1. Here kitty, kitty, kitty.
  2. Attach sensor to uninterested younger sister.
  3. EXERCISE MORE, thus strengthening your heart/lungs and lowering your pulse/blood pressure. If you are this into gaming, you need to anyway.

Of course, that would take all the fun out of it. Then again, cheating would be fun in itself.

actually it wasn't biorhythms (1)

fireduck (197000) | about 11 years ago | (#6974186)

it was a lie detector [atarimagazines.com] , although I seem to remember this coming out much earlier than 1986...

Oh jeez (2, Funny)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | about 11 years ago | (#6975552)

I'm all for new age stuff and I'm a big fan of meditation, but I think this says it all right here:
Enjoy a preview of The Journey to Wild Divine, a mythical and magical adventure amidst towering palaces, sacred temples, flowing landscapes and sumptuous gardens

People who use the word sumptuous need to a football to the groin.

Feeling Good (2, Interesting)

slevin (67815) | about 11 years ago | (#6976747)

I find this thing to be fascinating. I've spent some time doing biofeedback and had a really positive experience with it. There was a lot to do with on screen videos and sounds. Unfortunately, I had to pay a professional $120 an hour for the priveledge. If people could pay that once and get the positive experiences of easy to do, self instructing mindfulness meditation the world might be a little bit a better place.

Scientific research has done much to demonstrate the effectiveness of this sort of activity regarding health and emotional well being. Personal experience has also shown this to be true.

I for one am excited and expect to gladly shell out $130.

Extinction of humanity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6978913)

Judging by the lack of genuine understanding of the human mind that these remarks display, it is quite clear that humanity is indeed headed for extinction.

Once you freakin morons get over your stupid-ass assumption that you understand your minds, you might be willing to explore what is there. But then again, you're all a bunch of anti-social losers who would rather play with yourselves rather than explore new territory.

Saying the same things over and over again...

Always bitching...

Always moaning...

Always complaining about how things should be... ...never really understanding that your precious idea of control is no more than a belief in an illusion.... ...have fun in Hell.

Looks like I definitely need this game...LMAO
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