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#1 Pedro L Ramalho

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Posted Feb 11 2018 - 07:28 AM

Does anyone suffer of eye strain when playing, let's say GPL, for more than an hour? What might be the best strategies to avoid it?  Monitor settings (brightness, contrast, gamma, color)? Gaming glasses? Monitor filters?
Thank you!
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#2 Millennium

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Posted Feb 11 2018 - 08:29 AM

Lowering you brightness reduces eye strain greatly. Also some kind of yellow filter can help you to get better sleep afterwards when you play in the evening. Blue light makes your brain think it's still daytime. I often wear yellow glasses and I always put my monitor on the the lowest possible brightness setting.

Edited by Millennium, Feb 11 2018 - 08:51 AM.


#3 Pete Gaimari

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Posted Feb 11 2018 - 09:51 AM

Drink a lot of water and force yourself to blink a lot when racing. Staring dries your eyes out.

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Posted Feb 11 2018 - 10:26 AM

I do no longer race with 36fps!

60fps are way better for your eyes,
our great guru is working on a 72fps patch to work better with AIs...

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Posted Feb 11 2018 - 11:19 AM

View PostCookie, on Feb 11 2018 - 10:26 AM, said:

I do no longer race with 36fps!

60fps are way better for your eyes,
our great guru is working on a 72fps patch to work better with AIs...

Cool, that would be great!

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Posted Feb 11 2018 - 12:37 PM

View PostCookie, on Feb 11 2018 - 10:26 AM, said:

I do no longer race with 36fps!

60fps are way better for your eyes,
our great guru is working on a 72fps patch to work better with AIs...

Oh, please!

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Posted Feb 11 2018 - 02:30 PM

View PostCookie, on Feb 11 2018 - 10:26 AM, said:

our great guru is working on a 72fps patch to work better with AIs...

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#8 Pedro L Ramalho

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Posted Feb 11 2018 - 03:38 PM

Thank you so much Millenium, Pete Gaimari and Axel Cookie for your help.

Big, big improvement today with your suggestions!

1) Brightness: I already had it low (40%) before, but now I reduced it to zero like Millenium suggests, and yes, it reduced that "burning eyes" feeling;

2) 60FMS: huge difference this one. I immediately felt the difference after just 10 seconds of driving. I had 60fmsv2 installed in GEM but never selected that option; I never though that this could influence so deeply our eye strain (I was just happy with 36FMS based on the fact that the human eye can't perceive much more than that and didn't relate it to eye strain). Thanks a lot Axel for this one!

3) Eye blinking: it's true, the more demanding the track (like Nurburgring, for instance), the more I tend to not blink the eyes and the more I suffer of eye strain. For now on I will force it. Thank you, Pete.

The only suggestion I haven't tried yet is the yellow filter that Millenium refers, but with these 3 measures I already feel that I have new eyes! It was a big, big improvement. Nevertheless I think I will buy one to improve even more.

Thanks a lot my friends. You really solved my problem.
Pedro

Edited by Pedro L Ramalho, Feb 11 2018 - 03:40 PM.


#9 Millennium

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Posted Feb 12 2018 - 04:31 AM

View PostPedro L Ramalho, on Feb 11 2018 - 03:38 PM, said:

(I was just happy with 36FMS based on the fact that the human eye can't perceive much more than that

Sorry, but that's false.

It's something you hear console fanboys often say to defend games running at only 30 fps. (Sadly I also read a simiair claim in the four wheel drift guide included with GPL)
But it's not true at all, most people can even easiliy destinct 60fps and 120fps. Higher framerates are always better and make the game more responsive.

Edited by Millennium, Feb 12 2018 - 04:37 AM.


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Posted Feb 12 2018 - 04:49 AM

Yes, now I see that must be not true. I think (not 100% sure) I read that many years ago precisely in that tutorial about Grand Prix Legends: "Four-Wheel Drift".

I'm checking it now, and it it's written on page 13 "the human eye doesn't perceive much improvement above 30 fps".

We have to see however that this was written in July 1998 (20 years ago!). It's a great book about GPL nevertheless, in my opinion!

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Posted Feb 12 2018 - 08:52 AM

It's a great guide indeed. In fact, reading it last year (just out of boredom) was what really got me back into GPL. Especially the way it gave advice on how to gradually learn the different cars and changing the setups.

However on the 36 fps it was just wrong, 36 fps is by no means a great framerate for simulators. More like a bare minimum to enjoy the game.

Edited by Millennium, Feb 12 2018 - 08:53 AM.


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Posted Feb 12 2018 - 08:58 AM

Not sure about the fps. I get eyestrain from other sims while getting 200 fps. I get eyestrain while not simming at all but just surfing the net.

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Posted Feb 12 2018 - 09:53 AM

@Millennium

Thanks for the tip on the yellow filter glasses.

Just to ask and note, I have seen some online, but quite expensive (don't wear any at present)

Are they worth the price. Or can you use the cheaper ones, that motorists wear, for gaming. Or is that a personal choice ?

Any thoughts would be appreciated 👍

TP 😎

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Posted Feb 12 2018 - 09:59 AM

I bought mine for 2 euro's or something like that at a discount store. Just buy a cheap pair, as long as it has yellow glasses it works.

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Posted Feb 12 2018 - 10:58 AM

Having the room at a similar brightness level as the screen helps. Dark room and bright screen makes it harder on the eyes I find.




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