The one thing that everyone loves about superheroes is their amazing powers. The idea of being able to change the world with your incredible strength, laser vision and psychic skills is irresistible.
Unfortunately, the next stage is resentment that you can’t really move things and change the behaviour of others with your mind.
Well, that not exactly the case anymore.
Digital Spy had the chance to try out the collaboration between MyndPlay and Fox’s latest superhero movie, X-Men: Apocalypse.
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Using the MyndBand EEG Brainwave headset with the Oculus Rift (even if it was the DK2 model), the player is put in the shoes of Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) using Cerebro to contact Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in a scene cut together from parts of the movie.
Depending on your ability to concentrate at certain points in the short narrative, you would reach one of four endings (from the happy to the apocalyptically disastrous).
And that’s concentration on anything, from the perfect golf swing to the letter ‘A’ – there was no requirement to visualise just how you would be able to locate Erik Lensherr among the astral aether or whatever it is.
A bar along the bottom measures your concentration, and it’s oddly empowering when you start to get to grips with it and see it shooting to the right. And it’s frustrating to see how quickly your concentration can go to pieces when outside distractions intrude.
It definitely leaves you feeling more aware of how your brain works – like an intersection between meditation and Marvel superhero action.
The broader potential of a device that can measure an audience’s concentration (and relaxation, too) is intriguing – the system can allow for up to an impressive 200 different outcomes, making for something halfway between a film and a video game that you play with your mind.
MyndPlay has also been working with athletes to help them learn to better control their focus. Does that make them cyborgs? Things are already started to look a bit X-Men-y…
X-Men: Apocalypse is out on Blu-ray and DVD now.
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