Cyberpunk 2077 - Photosensitivity Warning

A new video game due to be released tomorrow contains a number of scenes throughout the game which may be a seizure trigger for those with photosensitive epilepsy. 

Cyberpunk 2077 has recieved critically acclaimed reviews and is one of the first major titles of the next-gen video game platforms (PS5, Xbox Series X) which have recently been released. However, reports have now emerged that the game contains a number of scenes which could trigger a seizure in those with photosensitive epilepsy - or those who are potentially unaware that they have photosensitive epilepsy. 

While the games developers have now introduced a more visible seizure warning disclaimer into the game, they have not yet addressed the issues around the photosensitive scenes. The developers have noted that they are working on a "more permanent solution" to address these issues but these will not be made in time for the release tomorrow. 

Due to this, for gamers with photosensitive epilepsy (and for parents of gamers with photosensitive epilepsy), we would recommend that a person with photosensitive epilepsy refrain from playing the game until further details become available from the developers on whether or not they can address the issues identified. 

While we understand that these developments will be dissapointing for anyone with photosensitive epilepsy who was waiting on the game, we do believe that refraining from playing is the best course of action.

However, if a person with photosensitive epilepsy chooses to play the game as is, we do have some advice:

-Sit as far away as possible (at least 2 feet)  from the screen in a well-lit room; ensure controller is fully charged to so you can use wirelessly and maintain maximum distance.
-Reduce the brightness of the screen.
-Do not let children play videogames if they are tired.
-Take frequent breaks from games and look away from the screen every once in a while. Do not close and open eyes while looking at the screen. (Blinking may facilitate seizures in sensitive individuals.)
-Cover one eye while playing. Alternate which eye is covered at regular intervals.
-Turn the game off if strange or unusual feelings or body jerks develop
-Have a friend/family member with you when playing the game and that they know seizure first aid

If you have any further concerns, our team of local Community Resource Officers would be happy to discuss these further so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.