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Mirror's Edge - health hazard?

The terror of the double first-person migraine

So, I was playing Mirror's Edge last night. Despite being initially underwhelmed by it, it's really starting to grow on me. It has a great story, frantic action and some satisfyingly taxing climbing-based puzzles.

But it also gives me a headache. An interminable, white hot headache that no amount of extra-strength Anadin Extra could cure.

And it's not just me. Some Googling this morning confirmed that scores of other people are having the same issue with the game.

Here's a random selection of quotes from around the Internet...

"I played the demo and it gave me a headache."

"After about ten minutes of playing I had a wicked headache."

"Did the demo give anyone else a headache?"

"Does anyone else get an extreme headache when playing this game? I play shooters all the time, but for some reason this one makes my head hurt."

Respected tech magazine Wired have even written a feature about it.

I reckon it's down to the constantly wobbling camera, and also because of how vivid and brightly-coloured the environments are. I was playing in a dimly-lit room and whenever I gazed into the sun it was like staring into the actual sun.

Is anyone else having this problem with the game?

I really want to finish it, but I don't think I can endure the relentless, stinging brain pain.

Any solutions? Wearing sunglasses, maybe?

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