A Headset That Could Help Cure Gamer Rage

Visual designer Samuel Matson has an idea on how to rid the world of gamer rage. It's not through medication, counselling or discipline. It's through prevention.

He's designed a headset called Immersion, which not only uses biometrics to track a user's heart rate, but can then adjust what's going on in a game accordingly.

Based on researching a number of gamer's heart rates while playing a shooter, and using a raw prototype hooked up to an Xbox 360, the Immersion would gently adjust the difficulty and content of a game based on how the player was feeling.

Which sounds a lot like it would only benefit singleplayer experiences, but who knows, maybe the data it captures could be useful for a multiplayer server as well.

It's exactly the kind of stuff Nintendo were thinking of with the now-dead Vitality Sensor, and at the moment it's just as real a product. But given his idea has both community and game design benefits, hopefully he can get it made!

Immersion[Design, via Slashdot]

A Headset That Could Help Cure Gamer Rage