On Gaming and Hypnosis....

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 22, 2006

I just read that one gaming reviews editor allowed himself to be hypnotized in order to review a game. Under hypnosis, deputy editor of the Official Xbox Magazine in the U.K. was supposedly age-regressed to 10 years old. The idea was for him to try out a new game, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” as a user for whom the game was intended.

The editor claims to have escaped the session “unscathed”; he will, in fact, recount his experience in a four-page upcoming article in the U.K. version of the magazine. That article is generating lots of buzz. And I can understand why. Turning a grown-up into a 10-year old instead of just, you know, asking a real-life 10-year-old to review the game clearly makes for a much better story.

Since we are on the subject of games and hypnosis, check out another example of gamers being hypnotized — this time, to spook them with zombies.

Reader Comments

Hypnotize (Eric Bradley)

November 19, 2007 11:34 AM

Extremely interesting subject. Being actively involved in hypnosis, I find myself intrigued to read the "upcoming article in the U.K. version of the magazine" describing the hypnotized subject's experience. However, search as i may, i couldn't find that article anywhere, although judging from the publication date it shoulc have been published long ago.
Can anybody help me find it?
Eric (aka Hypnotize)

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