Cyberpunk 2077 is finally here. Whether you're taking the day off to play through the dystopian future or waiting till after school/work is done, we hope you enjoy it. However, as the reviews for Cyberpunk 2077 came rolling in, one stood out as it pointed out the serious health risk of a specific scene in the game where lights are flashed in the eyes of V, causing a reviewer to have a seizure.
Games will almost always have a seizure warning at the beginning of the title, but this scene is more dangerous than many realise because the flashing on the screen is apparently very close to the same pattern medical practitioners use to initiate seizures deliberately. And when every game has a general warning, people who have photosensitive epilepsy aren't expecting something like this sequence to occur.
People have since asked CD Projekt Red to fix this, whether that be through using another warning, or changing the scene so the light flashing doesn't happen. They company have now responded by putting a fuller warning on the game, with a more specific idea of when this flashing may happen.
Booted up Cyberpunk 2077 to see a seizure warning come up at the start of the game that wasn't there before. Really amazing to see how @DirtyEffinHippy helped make meaningful change happen for the safety of players. :clap: pic.twitter.com/ItNwuLOxla
- Elise Favis (@elisefavis) December 10, 2020
The new warning at the beginning of the game reads: "Warning: Risk of seizure. In this game you will encounter a variety of visual effects (e.g. flashing lights during braindance sequences that may provoke seizures or loss of consciousness in a minority of people. If you or someone in your family has ever displayed symptoms of epilepsy in the presence of flashing lights, please consult your physician before playing Cyberpunk 2077. If you or someone you know experiences any of the above symptoms while playing, stop and seek medical attention immediately."
This is a great step for anyone who may not have seen the news about the braindance sequence already. Adding a better warning like this may save a life, who knows - and now even more people can enjoy the new RPG safely.
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