Get your game face on: The Immersion Project

Gamers know about the game face. Friends staring blankly at the screen, lost in game-land, lost to the outside world. I know that I’ve laughed at my friends when I’ve caught them out there, completely unaware of their facial or body reactions to a video game, and I’ve definitely been laughed at for the same thing.

The Immersion Project is a very cool idea, filming gamers from a camera angled like it’s in the game and analyzing their reactions Instead of explaining it poorly, I’ll give you a quote, and a link to a good article in the Telegraph where there’s also a video of the kids at play. The girl playing GTA with a complete absence of expression is fascinating.

Here’s the first couple paragraphs from the article:

Robbie Cooper’s film stills capture children’s faces as they play violent videogames and form the basis of an art project that could also help us understand the effects of spending time in a virtual world. Sam Leith reports

There is an account, apocryphally, from medieval times, of a person walking into a room and being confronted with the sight of a man transfixed. The man in the room is holding something in his hands, staring at it. His eyes are glazed. His lips are moving soundlessly. His soul is elsewhere. The onlooker, unsettled, concludes that the man has been possessed by an evil spirit. In fact, he is simply doing something the onlooker has never seen done before: reading a book.

Check out the video and the rest of the story on the Telegraph website.

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