Heart-Monitoring Video Game Rewards Players For Managing Stress
Control your fears in the game, and you can control them in real life as well
The winner of a video game is normally determined by the fastest fingers or best hand-eye coordination, but what if you could win a game with the power of your mind instead? Erin Reynolds has created just such a game. It's an immersive adventure-horror game called Nevermind that uses heart monitors to teach players to control their fear, and ultimately, win the game.
Players take on the role of a “neuroprober,” a sci-fi psychologist who helps trauma patients uncover their most disturbing memories. The trick is to climb deeper into your subject's mind and uncover as many memories as you can, without letting them consume you in the the process. If you're afraid, the screen becomes hazy and shaky, which makes it hard to navigate. If this continues, terrifying events start to happen in an attempt to push you over the edge.