I believe that the best way to enjoy a video game is to fully immerse yourself in it. For most people this entails dimming the lights and turning on the surround sound - and that’s great, but for me it’s not enough.
Basically, i dress up as the character i am assuming the role of in a video game. Some people think of it as weird, but really it’s the next logical step up from surround sound and lowlighting.
I noticed that a side effect of this, above and beyond the added enjoyment it brings to games, is that it actually makes me a better player. When i’m dressed as my character, my reflexes are that little bit quicker. It’s as if i actually am the person, so in many cases i’m literally fighting for my life, and that is bound to have some kind of affect on performance.
I first noticed this when trying to unlock the “Big Baller” achievement on CoD:World at War. I was struggling with it. But one day the opportunity to purchase a replica SS officer jacket came up (i think they look stylish, so was looking to buy one anyway), i took it, and decided to put it on the next time i played Nazi Zombies.
Low and behold i got the 75,000 points required and the achievement was mine.
This graph shows my progress. I played the Der Riese Nazi Zombie map 20 times. 10 times in my regular clothes, and 10 times while dressed as a Nazi. To make the experiment fair, i switched costume after each attempt.
While this chart clearly proves that dressing as your in-game character has a positive effect on performance, you cannot conduct an experiment on yourself. Which is why i have devised a way in which to test the theory on a much wider scale.
In the meantime though, i'm anxious to put my theory out there for other gamers to contemplate, offer some feedback and just generally be aware of how i am going to change the way in which video games are played forever.