Emotional and physiological feedback could shape the next era of video game play.

Affective “emotional” gaming is the new frontier for game console development. Banking on being able to read the emotional state of its gamers through physiological and brainwave cues, the objective is to provide a more immersive experience. While its not an easy task, Valve Software is currently in research and development mode:

Valve Software, the developer behind titles such as Half-Life, sees a player’s emotional state as an important part of any game. Psychologist Mike Ambinder has been working with Valve on ways to add emotional feedback to Left 4 Dead 2, a game in which players cooperate to fight off a zombie horde. He spoke about his work at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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