Our article asking why so many players invert their controls provoked a fierce debate that has now caught the attention of researchers into visual perception
It is one of the most contentious aspects of video game playing – a debate where opposing sides literally cannot see each other’s perspective. When the Guardian ran an article asking why a large minority of game players invert the Y axis on their controls – meaning that they push their joypad’s thumb stick down to move upwards on the screen – the response was huge. Hundreds of comments vociferously arguing why axis inversion was the only way to navigate a game world, and hundreds more incredulously arguing the opposite.
The purpose of the article was to discover reasons for this dichotomy in visual perception. Was axis inversion just a habit picked up from playing flight simulators or did it point to fundamental differences in how people perceive themselves in virtual worlds? There was no conclusion, but the argument raged on Twitter for days.
Danish-American owner has brought stability to club and is not afraid to say his ambition is to get them back in Premier League
For a split second, as the video call loads and a face pops up on screen, the scene is reminiscent of a fan YouTube channel. But, in reality, it is the Charlton Athletic owner, Thomas Sandgaard, who is wearing the bright red home shirt on a sofa covered by a blanket emblazoned with the club crest, talking impassionedly from Colorado about grand plans, Guns N’ Roses and giving the League One side, for so long stuck in the mud, a much-needed facelift. “Gotta wear the team colours,” he says, smiling.
Wildlife recordist Chris Watson and spatial audio sound artist Prof Tony Myatt continue on their three-part journey to the Sea of Cortez fishing for the song of the blue whale. Chris speaks to blue wales expert Dr Diane Gendron, and artists Diana Schniedermeier and Ina Krüger, who produce ocean sound installations
In episode two of this three-part series, the pioneering nature sound recordist Chris Watson continues his journey in Mexico to learn more about the songs of blue whales.
Chris is joined on his journey by the spatial audio sound artist, engineer and academic Tony Myatt with whom he is collaborating on a special sound installation for Oceans 21, a project series on the fascination and endangerment of the oceans. Their installation, Seaphony, will premiere in Berlin in May 2021 to mark the beginning of United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.