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Cyberpunk 2077 sequence could trigger seizures in those vulnerable to epileptic episodes

Cyberpunk 2077 Braindance might lead to epileptic seizures (Source: 2OldGamers on YouTube)
Cyberpunk 2077 Braindance might lead to epileptic seizures (Source: 2OldGamers on YouTube)
While reviewing Cyberpunk 2077, a Game Informer editor faced a major seizure and felt close to another one a few times. The list of triggers includes Braindance sequences, a part of the game that happens to be similar to the experience provided by a device used in real life by neurologists to trigger seizures.
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As the first reviews are going through their final editing stages or have gone already live, more and more interesting Cyberpunk 2077-related stories surface. This time, we are not talking about achievements or quests, but about a very serious topic: gamers who suffered from any kind of epileptic seizures in the past should be very careful because Cyberpunk 2077 contains a few triggers, of which one looks very similar to the trigger used by a device employed by neurologists when they need a patient to go through a seizure for diagnosis purposes.

While the red glitching animations heavily used in Cyberpunk 2077 can trigger seizures in many epileptics, Game Informer's Liana Ruppert has discovered that using the "eye-saving mode" of her monitor in such scenarios helps a lot. Any method that dims the blue light generated by the screen, such as the "night mode" present in Windows 10, should help. 

Interactions with Johnny Silverhand also involve a flickering pale blue glitch effect and it might trigger seizures for some forms of epilepsy. Liana's suggestion is to look away from the screen in such cases, lower the brightness, and also play with the colorblind modes.

Lastly, the most important part of the game that epilepsy patients should be careful with is the Braindance. The idea is that Braindance sequences allow players to interface with memories by diving in with the use of a headset that fits over both eyes. What is wrong with the headset effect is that it produces "a rapid onslaught of white and red blinking LEDs, much like the actual device neurologists use in real life to trigger a seizure when they need to trigger one for diagnosis purposes."

In the end, this doesn't mean that those who are facing epileptic seizures should avoid the game, but only that they should be very careful about it. More details concerning possible triggers can be found on this page, but Microsoft is also paying attention to this topic.

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Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5461 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2020-12- 8 (Update: 2020-12- 8)