Last night I took my baby druid out for a spin in Mulgore to play with bear form and ran into an unexpected problem: motion sickness. At first, I was just happily clawing faces, but the longer I played, something about the different positioning of the camera (since being a bear makes me “shorter” than being a Tauren that walks upright) was making me feel ill no matter how I adjusted it. I tried viewing a bit more from overhead, a bit to the side, etc, and after about 30 minutes or so, I thought I was going to barf. Ack.
I’ve had this issue with games in the past, particularly first person shooters. I can’t play them, and I can’t watch anyone else play them either. I also get sick watching games where there’s a lot of scrolling. My husband was really into games like Command and Conquer and Starcraft back in the day (and even the original Warcraft games), but I could never watch him play because I’d be reeling within a few minutes of the scenario beginning. I actually feel quite fortunate that most of WoW doesn’t bother me as long as I keep the camera zoomed out. Until last night, the only times I’ve felt queasy was running up and down mountains (usually when I don’t know where I’m going and am trying to find a path up or through them).
I’m prone to motion sickness in other parts of life, too. I don’t do well even looking at spinning rides in amusement parks, I can’t ride the swings at the park, and sometimes even riding in the back seat of a car will nauseate me (though I don’t usually say anything about it). Curiously, I’m usually fine on boats, so I don’t know what that’s all about.
Anyway, this sucks. I think I’ll give it a few more sessions and see if I can get used to it, but if not, I may not be leveling as feral after all.