I believe that the best way to enjoy a video game is to fully immerse yourself in it. For most people this entails dimming the lights and turning on the surround sound - and that's great, but for me it's not enough.
Basically, i dress up as the character i am assuming the role of in a video game. Some people think of it as weird, but really it's the next logical step up from surround sound and lowlighting.
I noticed that a side effect of this, above and beyond the added enjoyment it brings to games, is that it actually makes me a better player.
When i'm dressed as my character, my reflexes are that little bit quicker. It's as if i actually am the person, so in many cases i'm literally fighting for my life. That's bound to have some kind of affect on performance.
I first noticed this when trying to unlock the "Big Baller" achievement on CoD:World at War. I was struggling with it. But one day the opportunity to purchase a replica SS officer jacket came up (i think they look stylish, so was looking to buy one anyway), i took it, and decided to put it the next time i played Nazi Zombies.
Low and behold i got the 75,000 points required and the achievement was mine.
Since then i have created outfits to wear whilst playing Modern Warfare and World at War (among other games) - and have noticed a significant increase in my ingame statistics since i started this.
I am looking to conclusively prove the benefits of dressing up while playing. Any ideas on how i could go about doing this, scientifically?