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#1 Nov 14 2010 at 10:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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I purchased my copy of Final Fantasy XIV and have been playing for a week or two now. I was just wondering if anyone else here has been having headaches while playing the game? It's the oddest thing. I can play other games, FPS games, other MMORPGs, and flash games over the net without any trouble for hours on end, yet twenty minutes into FFXIV and I start having headaches.

I've quit playing until I can figure out what's wrong. I've seen a doctor, I'm fit as an ox, my eyes are fine, and there are no oddities or changes otherwise. Anyone else seem to be having the same troubles?
#2 Nov 14 2010 at 10:54 PM Rating: Good
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Are you on a computer at work all day as well?

I'd check the Hz of your monitor and raise it the highest it will go.

Also turn on Vsync if you haven't already.

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on a crt monitor? they flicker no matter the HZ you have it set to. if a lcd just turn your vsync on it will be in you ati or nvidia control panel . some people need special glasses to keep them from eye strain. if you been reading, on a computer at work that another thing.

but for me its when i play too long i get headaches.
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@Kierk: Nope. I'm a full-time College Student with a part-time office assistant job. The only time I hop on the computer is when I get home.

My monitor is a 22 inch LCD. The only refresh rate I can get on it is 60hz. I also have Vsync on. Thanks for the tips though, I appreciate any help I can get.
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I occasionally got headache's when I first started playing. It hasn't happened in awhile. The only thing I've changed is I make sure I've got a lot of lighting. And I'm using a controller now so I'm sitting back a little further from the screen.
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#6 Nov 14 2010 at 11:42 PM Rating: Good
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I haven't gotten any headaches really, but some of the sounds and flashing lights (like when someone does a weapon skill) in the game are extremely annoying. These things can cause headaches, eye strain and even nausea in a physically fit person. The sounds coming from aetheryte camps really bothered me, so I keep everything muted now. Just wondering here, is the game causing you to be stressed out? Stress can do a lot of crazy stuff to your body heh.

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The dimming effect when a weapon skill is used can be very irritating in long and/or large grind parties.
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The dimming effect when a weapon skill is used can be very irritating in long and/or large grind parties.


Yup, I hope they eventually add an option to disable it... it's pretty awful.
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@Telaki: I'm playing in a fully lit room, so I can rule that one out, thankfully!

@SilkWyrm: Not exactly, no. The only times I get even remotely stressed are when I'm lagging in cities, so I've learned to basically stay away from them. I can't really say what triggers the headaches. I've gotten one while synthesizing, one while doing a levelquest, and the most recent just running around. Sound doesn't seem to be effecting it any either, as I mute the game but still get the headaches.

Just to reiterate, this doesn't happen with ANY other games or programs. Just FFXIV, and it's usually within the first 30 minutes of play.
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#10 Nov 14 2010 at 11:54 PM Rating: Default
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Faladis wrote:
I purchased my copy of Final Fantasy XIV and have been playing for a week or two now. I was just wondering if anyone else here has been having headaches while playing the game? It's the oddest thing. I can play other games, FPS games, other MMORPGs, and flash games over the net without any trouble for hours on end, yet twenty minutes into FFXIV and I start having headaches.

I've quit playing until I can figure out what's wrong. I've seen a doctor, I'm fit as an ox, my eyes are fine, and there are no oddities or changes otherwise. Anyone else seem to be having the same troubles?


Do you find yourself becoming frustrated with the game due to lack of direction and not really knowing what to do or getting lost within the world itself giving you the feeling of being unsure or confused?

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Being disorienated is a sure way to get a head ache.......so it gets sub-defaulted?

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@Taemek: I had a friend help me through the beginning and help answer questions, so no, not really. I figured out what I needed to do and actually completed the "Court in the Sands" quest chain. After that I tried my hand at mining a bit and some blacksmith leves. I'll be honest and say that the gathering/crafting minigames aren't my absolute favorite part of the game, but then again, I come from an MMO background that's mostly point-click-craft oriented.
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#12 Nov 15 2010 at 12:05 AM Rating: Excellent
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@Telaki: I'm playing in a fully lit room, so I can rule that one out, thankfully!

@SilkWyrm: Not exactly, no. The only times I get even remotely stressed are when I'm lagging in cities, so I've learned to basically stay away from them. I can't really say what triggers the headaches. I've gotten one while synthesizing, one while doing a levelquest, and the most recent just running around. Sound doesn't seem to be effecting it any either, as I mute the game but still get the headaches.

Just to reiterate, this doesn't happen with ANY other games or programs. Just FFXIV, and it's usually within the first 30 minutes of play.


Well, if you're not stressed and you're muting the sound... it's gotta be something visual. It could be motion sickness. Take crafting for example: your character will kneel down and sway a bit, this can cause motion sickness in people who are prone to it. I think a good way to test this would be to play the game in first person perspective for an hour and see what happens. You can't craft in first-person, so you'll have to spend a little while exploring or fighting (if you can tolerate it).
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@Talaki: I've never been prone to motion sickness in my life, but I'll take your advice and try the game in first-person perspective. I'll be a while though before I can test it. I still have a headache from my last play session an hour and a half ago.
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#14 Nov 15 2010 at 12:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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You know, I find that certain games do give me headaches. Sometimes it's the art style that just sets it off for me. In this case the La Noscea region does give me headaches. I think it's due to its really bright colors all over the place. I turn down my monitor brightness when I go there and that does help. Every where else in the game seems to be fine. You could try doing that and see how it goes.

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#15 Nov 15 2010 at 12:19 AM Rating: Good
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@Taemek: I had a friend help me through the beginning and help answer questions, so no, not really. I figured out what I needed to do and actually completed the "Court in the Sands" quest chain. After that I tried my hand at mining a bit and some blacksmith leves. I'll be honest and say that the gathering/crafting minigames aren't my absolute favorite part of the game, but then again, I come from an MMO background that's mostly point-click-craft oriented.


I get something similiar to you which I can't figure out, I get motion sick from alot of FPS now days, I don't know if it's because I am getting old and my eye's can't handle the fast paced action coupled with the camera view panning so quickly, but for some reason I just get motion sickness. Playing MMORPG's or CS:S, np.

My issue is the same as yours, first 30 mins - 1 hour playing, I feel sick and dizzy and have to go lay down. It's a pity cause there is alot of awesome FPS's out there these days and I fear trying them in the event I get motion sick which I can't handle.
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To the OP:

I had the same problem. I don't play FPS games, and jittery movies like Paranormal Activity, Blair Witch, or Saving Private Ryan tend to make me want to vomit. I was having the same issue.

Zoom all the way out if you haven't already done so. Running around the city is the worst for me as I get nauseous. Try to make wide turns. Quick turns and changing in directions will make you sick. Play with the camera controls to see if you can't find a good compromise with the keyboard.

The worst ones for me at dropping down from a higher ledge to a lower ledge and ground around corners. After these motions, the camera tends to zoom in on you and makes you all sick. Try to anticipate turns with manually adjusting the camera ahead of time.

I had my old Logitech controller from FFXI so I was able to connect it and it gave me smoother control of the camera around the cities. Running around outside I just use the keyboard.

If all else fails, take Ginger Pills. They can help alleviate motion sickness regardless of the cause.
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#17 Nov 15 2010 at 12:51 AM Rating: Good
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Its probably eye strain. Try doing something with the brightness settings. One easy way to test this is when you do get a headache, while playing put on sunglasses and see if it releives it at all, it wont fix it, but it'll probably feel better. Its not nessecarly because of brightness, but could be the colors also so could try color settings. Even just going to a different zone/ city might help, though that would kinda hurt the game experience if you cant go to all zones. Gridania seems to be less bright and more of a solid color (green mostly) where as the others tend to be brighter and more colors.
#18 Nov 15 2010 at 1:09 AM Rating: Good
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I appreciate all the help.

As for motion sickness, I do believe I can rule that one out easily. I play games like CS:S, Fallout3, HL2, and other fast-paced games with ease and without getting sick(along with two other MMORPGs that I won't mention here for fear of rebuttal). The colors may be closer to the cause though. I lowered the brightness on my monitor and loaded the game up just a few minutes ago. Log in was faster than normal, but then again, it is 11PM~2AM state-side.

Anyway, I got in and stood still in the wilderness around Ul'dah for a while. No sound, just the picture, went to first person perspective even. Not even 5 minutes and I have a headache.

I'll see about getting over to the Gridania area tomorrow and testing to see if the color scheme has anything to do with it. If that doesn't help, I think I'll be writing it up as a S.O.L.
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#19 Nov 15 2010 at 2:08 AM Rating: Good
I couldn't say I get headaches from playing the game, I do if I sit at a computer monitor for too long however. The one thing I DO notice though it FFXIV at times makes my oddly sleepy. I sorta get drowsy playing it for a really long time. I just feel like leaning back in my chair and going to sleep. At first I thought it could be just my chair but it doesn't happen with any other game, just FFXIV. I'm betting just because the game's far more laid back than other MMOs (Like FFXI) I've played. Anyway, hope your headaches clear up! Sucks if you gotta give up a game you like just because it gives you headaches...
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#20 Nov 15 2010 at 3:41 AM Rating: Excellent
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There's quite a few areas/situations that annoy my senses in this game. I have gotten some mean headaches a time or two. Previously chalked it up as me getting older, but I've heard so many people mention that kind of thing it has me wondering.

Like was mentioned, the sounds from a mass of people all crafting in a guild or near the repair npcs is sometimes too much for me. It's overall unpleasant to hear, especially for long periods of time. If I feel the need to hear my own crafting and don't need support, I'll find a cozy little corny around town that's not occupied or go to one of the more empty wards and synth there. Less lag is an extra bonus to that.

One bit of realism that at first made me say "Wow, they did that well" now annoys me and could definitely be a strain on the eyes and a cause for headaches. How bright the sun is when you're leaving a cave, tunnel, or building! It feels like I'm hungover and just stepping into the sun for the first time lol.

Another thing I notice, mostly with the Uldah area, is in certain lighting I can kinda see where the graphics were made with the idea of 3D.(If that makes any sense) Probably paying a little too much attention to the details when that happens, but I've noticed it a few times. My eyes didn't care for it. Though I can't explain it well, that could be part of your issue with the Uldah area?

Then there's the stuff many have complained about like the jumpiness when going up/downhill. You're not the first to make a thread like this & probably not the last. Unfortunately I don't have much to add as far as improving the game in this matter, but that's a few examples I've noticed.
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Well, I think I may have found a slight solution to my problem. I fired up the game after setting my display to "cool" color settings and adjusting the blue hue on it. This gave everything a... different... appearance. Unfortunately this didn't seem to help much, as fifteen minutes in I started getting a headache. However, I did notice something. I waited for a while until the server sun set and night set in. Sure enough, when I reopened the window and started playing again, my headache didn't come back. I played for about twenty minutes, and that twenty minutes turned into an hour and a half! Talk about losing track of time. Then, the server sun came back up, and my headache started to come back again.

I think my problem is the lighting, or to be more specific, the bloom/HDR effects. As I was walking through one of the corridors in Ul'dah, I saw the end of the tunnel lit up like a flashlight, and that did nothing but set my headache off more.

So, in this case, anyone know how to disable Bloom/HDR settings on FFXIV, or trick your client into always thinking it's night time? A thread link or page link would be awesome!

@TwistedOwl: I believe you are right in the Ul'dah area being mostly my problem. However I also think the texture specular(shiny) values are waaaaay too high. Also, the jumpiness you mentioned I think is a server issue. I know that when I was running around Ul'dah's wilderness a few minutes ago I didn't have any sort of jumpiness on the hills.
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Well, I think I may have found a slight solution to my problem. I fired up the game after setting my display to "cool" color settings and adjusting the blue hue on it. This gave everything a... different... appearance. Unfortunately this didn't seem to help much, as fifteen minutes in I started getting a headache. However, I did notice something. I waited for a while until the server sun set and night set in. Sure enough, when I reopened the window and started playing again, my headache didn't come back. I played for about twenty minutes, and that twenty minutes turned into an hour and a half! Talk about losing track of time. Then, the server sun came back up, and my headache started to come back again.

I think my problem is the lighting, or to be more specific, the bloom/HDR effects. As I was walking through one of the corridors in Ul'dah, I saw the end of the tunnel lit up like a flashlight, and that did nothing but set my headache off more.

So, in this case, anyone know how to disable Bloom/HDR settings on FFXIV, or trick your client into always thinking it's night time? A thread link or page link would be awesome!

@TwistedOwl: I believe you are right in the Ul'dah area being mostly my problem. However I also think the texture specular(shiny) values are waaaaay too high. Also, the jumpiness you mentioned I think is a server issue. I know that when I was running around Ul'dah's wilderness a few minutes ago I didn't have any sort of jumpiness on the hills.


Did you check with an occular specialist yet? The lighting changes in Ul'dah are dramatic, but if you have an existing condition the flashes can indeed cause headache spikes due to slow response of the pupil. (An existing mild headache would flare up at such flashes of light as well.)

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My eyes do start hurting and my head sort of throbbing, thats when I call it a day <_< dunno if its I play too much or what <________< sometimes it happens with just playing a few hours
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Indeed, it's something I like because it is pretty realistic. Unfortunately sometimes painfully realistic on the eyes like the real sun lol.

I'm definitely not one for the technical stuff, I just play the games. So I dunno if there's stuff to be done there. In the meantime, if you do decide to change areas until you can find a fix, you may enjoy the Black Shroud. It's fairly dark already and often raining.
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Did you check with an occular specialist yet? The lighting changes in Ul'dah are dramatic, but if you have an existing condition the flashes can indeed cause headache spikes due to slow response of the pupil. (An existing mild headache would flare up at such flashes of light as well.)


Was one of the first things I did. I also checked in with my family doctor to make sure I wasn't getting the flu. It is that time of year after all! However, I checked out of both with a clean bill of health.

I have 6/3 vision(20/10, or 2x normal acuity on a Snellen chart) by nature with optical ambidexterity, so that kinda rules out any eye function problems. As for light, I don't normally have a problem with HDR(Oblivion, Crysis, Fallout3) or regular, real-life light, but for some reason the FFXIV Bloom is triggering the headaches.

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I'm definitely not one for the technical stuff, I just play the games. So I dunno if there's stuff to be done there. In the meantime, if you do decide to change areas until you can find a fix, you may enjoy the Black Shroud. It's fairly dark already and often raining.


Thanks! I'll definitely have to check it out if I can't sort out this HDR/bloom issue.
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I would have guessed vestibular migraine, as part of peripheral vertigo (which people commonly call motion sickness) I'm surprised your doctor didn't instantly mention this when you say "headache" and "computer games". It's extremely common.
If you have / are recovering from a cold or flu (even weeks ago) this can set it off.

I personally get nauseated on many FPS games (the other side effect), and some other games too. Any game with poor resolution or jaggy edges sets me off.

If you're having issues with lighting, try turning off shadows - and making sure the anti alising is set high enough to smooth out some textures (assuming your video card can support higher AA settings)
Play with some of the other settings in the configuration section.. perhaps one of the settings can help ya out. Good luck
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Worse case scenario, it could be early signs of epilepsy ( light, particularly flashing patterns, but also solid light at the right frequency can trigger it ), especially if you're feeling nauseous with the headache. Could also be migraines, which are much less serious but can be triggered in a similar fashion (lighting frequency).

If you find yourself "squinting" a lot when playing, it could be a simple tension headache.

Something else you could try is one of those "anti-glare" filters you can place over the screen.

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I've also found myself getting dull headaches after an hour or two of playing. I always just attributed it to keeping a near constant eye on the chat box. The color palette of the text and lack of opaqueness (yes, Google says that's a real word) can cause severe eye strain. Especially when set on the dull, near matching colors of Ul'dah landscape during day hours.
Due to this I find myself enjoying the game more during the night cycle, primarily because things are easier to read. As previous posters pointed out, the difference is dramatic and the bloom lighting can be very obtrusive.

I'm now thinking that altering the lighting conditions in your gaming room may help. When playing at night, my living room is illuminated using "day light" bulbs that give off a blue'ish light. I generally don't get headaches as frequently as opposed to playing during the day with real day light coming through the windows.
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Faladis wrote:
I purchased my copy of Final Fantasy XIV and have been playing for a week or two now. I was just wondering if anyone else here has been having headaches while playing the game? It's the oddest thing. I can play other games, FPS games, other MMORPGs, and flash games over the net without any trouble for hours on end, yet twenty minutes into FFXIV and I start having headaches.

I've quit playing until I can figure out what's wrong. I've seen a doctor, I'm fit as an ox, my eyes are fine, and there are no oddities or changes otherwise. Anyone else seem to be having the same troubles?




Ihaven't had any issues, but an LS mate of mine has said that FFXIV hurts his eyes when playing for a certain amount of time. He had to take a couple two-five minute breaks when we had an ls party. The only thing I could advise him was whats been suggested here with Vsync and the refresh rate, I also suggested maybe playing with your in game (Or monitor based) gamma, it's possible dimming it slightly might ease eyestrain. I have two similar 23" monitors (LG Flatron w2364vg) that have different ambient lighting modes, you may want to check if yours does.

Another good thing to try is your monitors positioning, if at all possible you want an ambient light source to be placed behind it (same goes for TV's). My theory is that some people have issues because of the level of detail that the game has. The screen is visually "busy" (IE the level of detail in say ground textures is high) and that may cause undue mental strain for some people as their brain tries to process it all while playing.

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This happened to me as well. Particularly around Ul'Dah. For me it is the extreme brightness of the area. Nighttime in the same area is fine. I had the same problem with FFXI until I figured out how to adjust the gamma levels. Unfortunately can't do that in FFXIV and adjusting it manually on my monitor does not seem to help.

I have played many other games and do not have this problem in them.
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Move your speakers left to your left right to your right (as opposed to in front of you). Turn on your volume. If this is motion related that should help. It'll certainly help the motion sickness crowd. Your eyes aren't matching what your ears are hearing, that causes a problem for some people.

Alternatively if your vision is that good you probably have trouble with bright lights and contrast, which this game is full of. Dial back your contrast, see if that helps.
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@Telaki: I'm playing in a fully lit room, so I can rule that one out, thankfully!

@SilkWyrm: Not exactly, no. The only times I get even remotely stressed are when I'm lagging in cities, so I've learned to basically stay away from them. I can't really say what triggers the headaches. I've gotten one while synthesizing, one while doing a levelquest, and the most recent just running around. Sound doesn't seem to be effecting it any either, as I mute the game but still get the headaches.

Just to reiterate, this doesn't happen with ANY other games or programs. Just FFXIV, and it's usually within the first 30 minutes of play.


If your comp is struggling a bit to process the graphics your framrate may be coming in choppy and that may be giving you a headache
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Taemek wrote:
Faladis wrote:
I purchased my copy of Final Fantasy XIV and have been playing for a week or two now. I was just wondering if anyone else here has been having headaches while playing the game? It's the oddest thing. I can play other games, FPS games, other MMORPGs, and flash games over the net without any trouble for hours on end, yet twenty minutes into FFXIV and I start having headaches.

I've quit playing until I can figure out what's wrong. I've seen a doctor, I'm fit as an ox, my eyes are fine, and there are no oddities or changes otherwise. Anyone else seem to be having the same troubles?


Do you find yourself becoming frustrated with the game due to lack of direction and not really knowing what to do or getting lost within the world itself giving you the feeling of being unsure or confused?


Why on earth would this post get sub-defaulted?

Being disorienated is a sure way to get a head ache.......so it gets sub-defaulted?
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Taemek wrote:
Taemek wrote:
Faladis wrote:
I purchased my copy of Final Fantasy XIV and have been playing for a week or two now. I was just wondering if anyone else here has been having headaches while playing the game? It's the oddest thing. I can play other games, FPS games, other MMORPGs, and flash games over the net without any trouble for hours on end, yet twenty minutes into FFXIV and I start having headaches.

I've quit playing until I can figure out what's wrong. I've seen a doctor, I'm fit as an ox, my eyes are fine, and there are no oddities or changes otherwise. Anyone else seem to be having the same troubles?


Do you find yourself becoming frustrated with the game due to lack of direction and not really knowing what to do or getting lost within the world itself giving you the feeling of being unsure or confused?


Why on earth would this post get sub-defaulted?

Being disorienated is a sure way to get a head ache.......so it gets sub-defaulted?


Not to mention frustration also leads to "tension" headaches. I agree, your point was valid and should not have been rated down.
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I get headaches playing this game too. I wonder if its because of the lack of contrast my eyes are straining to see the detail. Anyone know if there is a way to fix contrast? (I dont just mean gamma/brightness)
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#36 Nov 15 2010 at 7:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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I was just wondering if anyone else here has been having headaches while playing the game?


Yes,but i think its mostly due to the fact my gf screaming in the background to get off that stupid game.
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I can't say for sure it would actually help, (or even actually work with FFXIV), but theres a program called f.lux (http://www.stereopsis.com/flux/) that you could try that will automatically adjust your monitor's colors depending on the time of day to be easier on your eyes
It takes a little while to get used to the sort of red tint things have at night, but once you do it really makes a huge difference and I find I can't stand not having it nowadays. Unfortunately it sometimes doesn't work in fullscreen mode, so that could be a problem

Another thing that can help if you're playing for a long time is the somewhat cheesy but very helpful 20/20/20, every 20 minutes look at something 20 meters away for 20 seconds. Can't say I remember why its supposed to work though..
#38 Nov 16 2010 at 1:06 AM Rating: Decent
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What you are describing is very similar to what I used to feel when playing Sonic The Hedgehog games. I know, I know. Completely unrelated games. In my case it was the speed and the colors flying about. Eventually though I attuned myself to it, able to play Sonic Unleashed (It's pretty fast) without a hitch. I don't get any sort of headaches anymore related to any video game anymore.

My point is that it could be that you're not accustomed to how the colors work and the movement and just how everything renders. It's a new system, and being an MMO, it's probably not as fluid as it could be in terms of the subtlety. Have you tried Final Fantasy XIII? If you have, can you recount a similar experience? Could it be that you are just unused to how the graphics are rendered?

I'm probably not helping much, but this is the only thing I can really think of without knowing you personally, your life, your history and most of all your technology. Tell me about your experience with FFXIII, (If there is one) since both games are running on virtually the same engine.

Edited, Nov 16th 2010 2:07am by Kitprower
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I think ya'll are too sensitive, I've been using a crappy cathode ray monitor that's 5 years old and completely sucks for the eyes, and I have no issues with heada....wait, crap, I do. <,<;

Thanks for the flux link, never seen that before. I think I'll give it a try with my new computer, since I doubt my old one can handle even more hits on it's pathetic processing power. Then again, I might install it on old one when I wipe it and give it to my brother anyways, since he has sleeping issues like me, neither of us can fall asleep before like 4 am or later, and this might be part of the issue.

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#40 Nov 16 2010 at 11:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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Not sure if this will help you Faladis, but perhaps try turning off 'Ambient Occlusion' in the FFXIV Config program.

I was getting headaches too, and noticed this setting places a weird stationary glare on the ground ahead of my character. With it on I'm guessing the stationary glare simply didn't match the moving visuals and was causing eye strain. After turning off that setting the environments were much easier on my eyes.

* Edited for spelling. doh!

Edited, Nov 16th 2010 12:24pm by Cloud7Raymaker
#41 Nov 19 2010 at 6:54 PM Rating: Good
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Hey there. Sorry to revive an old thread, but I just thought I'd update you guys with some progress. Over the past few days I've taken it upon myself to obtain an anti-glare filter for my screen from my college to see if that might help(as many of you suggested). Unfortunately, ten minutes into game play I was suffering from the headaches again. I've tried fiddling with every video setting I have, and have even used my friend's monitor to see if that would improve the situation. Ironically, my three friends and I were sitting at the table, watching the game play, and every one of us got head aches within the first twenty five minutes.

This lead me to believe that it might have been my system itself, so we spent the night downloading it onto my friends computer, a $1000 Asus with a GeForce GTX460 GC in it, to run. After about an hour of installing, downloading, and getting set up, we started up the game. Again, twenty minutes in, and every one of us were suffering from horrible head aches. No one had nausea, felt dizzy, or anything that would denote motion sickness, but we all had the same "splitting" head ache.

Now, if none of us are sick, we are playing on multiple systems, and still are getting head aches, I honestly have no other choice but to believe it's the game and the design of the game that is causing these head aches.

It pains and saddens me to do so, but I suppose I should go ahead and cancel my account and uninstall the game. With these head aches, there is no way I can even play, and at this point in time, I've lost my enthusiasm to play.

Thanks again for all your help folks. I appreciate every bit of advice you guys gave. I guess this game just isn't for me.
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#42 Nov 19 2010 at 9:56 PM Rating: Good
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I think I know what it is.

Square Enix, in a bid to slowly take over the gaming world, is experimenting with mind control through selected copies of FFXIV. Your headache is the direct result of a fierce struggle between SE's subliminal images and your indomitable will. Those of us who lost the battle are now here posting in defense of SE and its products.

OP, you're not done with FFXIV yet, we count on you to stay and fight to free our minds from the evil grips of SE!
#43 Nov 19 2010 at 10:12 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'm pretty sure this has already been answered before, but I know what the problem is, because I had it too for a while. The simple solution:

Reduce your brightness and contrast settings.

Up until I bought FFXIV my settings were on 100% for both and I could play any game without problems. But FFXIV seems so much brighter than other games I play and therefore was causing headaches/eye strain. My settings are now @ 70% for both and my eye problems/headaches are gone now.

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#44 Nov 20 2010 at 1:59 AM Rating: Decent
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i too get headaches-from all games afetr a few hours of play...my advice is Excedrin extra strength. i pop one of these and always feel better in an hour or so
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Faladis wrote:
@Kierk: Nope. I'm a full-time College Student with a part-time office assistant job. The only time I hop on the computer is when I get home.

My monitor is a 22 inch LCD. The only refresh rate I can get on it is 60hz. I also have Vsync on. Thanks for the tips though, I appreciate any help I can get.



Go see a doctor, there is a possibility you need glasses, even if your vision is not impaired there is still a chance your eyes are starting to wear* down shall we say.

I work on PCs at work and come home and occasionally play XI/XIV for a good few hours and have been fine. I been doing that for about 9 years on/off.

Oh and are you drinking plenty of water, you need liquid :)
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#46 Nov 20 2010 at 6:36 AM Rating: Default
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Faladis wrote:
I purchased my copy of Final Fantasy XIV and have been playing for a week or two now. I was just wondering if anyone else here has been having headaches while playing the game? It's the oddest thing. I can play other games, FPS games, other MMORPGs, and flash games over the net without any trouble for hours on end, yet twenty minutes into FFXIV and I start having headaches.

I've quit playing until I can figure out what's wrong. I've seen a doctor, I'm fit as an ox, my eyes are fine, and there are no oddities or changes otherwise. Anyone else seem to be having the same troubles?



I get headaches from playing the game too except I get them from almost finishing leves then my game crashes and I lose my rewards...

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#47 Nov 20 2010 at 7:04 AM Rating: Decent
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I think the headaches comes from not having the distance blurriness activated.
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