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Mind-Control Video Game Breaks New Ground

A successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 has led to a video game where players can move in-game objects with nothing but thoughts.

“Excuse me, would you like to throw trucks with your mind?”

This is how Lat Ware, the developer of “Throw Trucks With Your Mind” strikes up conversations with individuals as they pass by during the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

In 2013, Ware officially kicked off his campaign to make his dream video game a reality. A year after surpassing his goal of raising $40,000, the game is now ready for testing and is being primed for the mainstream.

The basic concept is quite simple. The player wears a headset that detects brain activity, which is sent to the game, where it is interpreted and used to make actions occur in the virtual world. Objects can be pushed, pulled, or otherwise moved around. From the perspective of the player, the result is that blocks, cars, enemies, or pretty much anything else can be moved around by just thinking about it.

It’s quite a sight to see.

Although it is still anyone’s guess whether Throw Trucks will end up catching on with the public, it has already solidified its place in history as one of the first in what will surely be a long line of titles to eventually emerge at this fascinating intersection between neuroscience and video games.

To check out video clips of the game in action and learn more,  visit www.latimes.com or www.throwtrucks.com

If you’re interested in gaming, don’t forget to check out my list of six careers that bring in cash by playing video games.


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Image Credits: ThrowTrucks.com

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