Lucid Gaming 

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Arthur: Hi All, I would like to thank you for providing me an opportunity to present this new concept and a game based on that.

Before I start I would like to take you through some details that will help you understand how this works, and why it’s effective.

We all see dreams. You might have noticed that when you dream you will feel that it is real when falling down from a cliff, talking to your close ones who have passed away, or while fighting monsters. Whatever the dream the one common thing is “You will feel that it’s real”.

Why is it so? 

During dreams, the whole brain is active, from the brain stem to the cortex. Most dreams occur during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. This is part of the sleep-wake cycle and is controlled by the reticular activating system whose circuits run from the brain stem through the thalamus to the cortex.

The limbic system in the mid-brain deals with emotions both while awake and dreaming and includes the amygdala, which is mostly associated with fear and is especially active during dreams.

The cortex is responsible for the content of dreams, including the monsters we flee from, the people we meet, or the experience of flying. Since we are highly visual animals the visual cortex, right at the back of the brain, is especially active, but so are many other parts of the cortex.

Least active are some parts of the frontal lobes, and this may explain why we can be so uncritical during dreams, accepting the crazy events as though they are real — until we wake up.

Let’s hold your thoughts here for a sec and I will take you to the next aspect and then we can connect both of them together.

The next question: 

What is happening in your brain while you play Video games or why is that so addictive?

The scientific journal Nature in 1998 showed that playing video games releases the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine. The amount of dopamine released while playing video games was similar to what is seen after intravenous injection of the stimulant drugs amphetamine or methylphenidate”.

Dopamine is released by the reward center of the brain in response to pleasurable experiences or when a sense of achievement is realized.

All the new video games are now visually so appealing and with the help of VR tools, they are able to create that immersive experience. 

Let’s take the example of the Spiderman game. With all those devices we feel like we are in that world and when he jumps from a sky scrapper you will feel those vibrations in the device.

What if you are spiderman and you can jump from that skyscraper? Let’s imagine you jumped, the feel and the adrenaline rush you get from that, do you think any games will be able to recreate that for you? Your answer will be “No it can’t”.

I would say “ Not yet !”

What if we could reverse the experience? i.e.

What if you are spiderman, instead of you starting the spiderman Game? This means you will get the view like how you see from the top of the skyscraper, you are sitting on that and then you can jump. This will not be a realistic view but instead realistic.

Now let’s connect the game and the dreams together. That is the world of Lucid gaming

Lucid Gaming is changing the way you play games. All the games will be played in your REM sleep.

Let me explain how it works.

When you want to play a game all you have to do is put this headset on. It has electrodes connected to all parts of the brain which is responsible for dreaming. You will be slowly induced to REM sleep and you will be able to select the games you want to play.

Let’s select spiderman for example. Then all the challenges which you see inside the game will be done by you and you are spiderman, as if like in a dream you are becoming spiderman and doing all the things. This means when you get bitten by that radioactive spider you will feel that pain, at the same time when you jump from the top of a building you will feel adrenaline rush.

Same as in normal games you will have settings where you can control the pain settings and other real-life feelings. You will also have the option to quit or save the game at any point in time.

When you do this the game will be saved against your profile and the device will slowly wake you up from the dream.

The difference is, in traditional games you play as a character and here you are the character. 

Almost everyone stood up from the chair and clapped and shouted out loud. 

“That is when I woke up from the Lucid dream

I shouted out loud

Eureka, Eureka, it worked, it worked ”. The first attempt of inducing a game and speech into my dream worked.

So guys let’s wait for the next generation of Gaming.

https://bivekrenuji.medium.com/lucid-gaming-4a2b6d50d264

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