Respondents to the study —carried out by scientists at the Nottingham Trent University’s International Gaming Research Unit — aid that they had experienced brief dissociations and felt urges to perform in-game actions for a short period of time.

What they did

Some gamers reported involuntary movement of fingers and arms while looking for ‘gamepads in the air’, or had unusual reactions to real-life objects, such as ducking at CCTV cameras. Others approached game-associated objects ‘with the intention to shoot them with a non-existing gun’.

While most of the experiences were ‘funny, amusing, or normal’, some gamers felt so embarrassed that they thought it was a ‘reason to quit playing’.


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