I get this from some games too, and when I bought Metroid Prime I pretty much bailed on it within 10 minutes because I could tell it was going to have the same effect.
It's technically called "simulation sickness
", and can happen to you even if you don't get motion sickness from actual moving vehicles at all -- they may be unrelated. One theory is that your brain thinks it's being poisoned, and wants to get the toxin out.
The big risk factors for me seem to be:
- high speed
- cameras that whip around a lot
- movement on three axes
- dropped frames/low frame rate
- lots of blur
When you look at this list, unsurprisingly, the biggest culprit is the N64 -- a lot of its 3D games I can only play in moderation, and some I can't play at all.
I remember playing GoldenEye and Banjo-Kazooie and wondering why I always felt feverish, nauseated, and headachy after 30-45 minutes. Only years later did I figure it out, and I tried to power through it, but no dice. The worst was Monster Truck Madness, which gave me a wicked migraine and made me feel like crap for at least an hour.
OTOH the PS1 almost never causes a problem for me. I only recall one Dreamcast game giving me trouble, Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm; same with the 3DO, I got a bit queasy once or twice from Escape from Monster Manor but have otherwise been OK. GameCube usually hasn't been an issue, I can play Super Monkey Ball all day long. I don't play much XBox but I never had an issue with Halo/Halo 2.
Gameplay duration is also a factor, as the likelihood seems to go up with time. But it's really hard to predict sometimes: FPS games seem likely to cause problems, but I played South Park a ton and had no trouble; lots of 3D movement can be an issue, but I beat Pilotwings 64 with little to no issue.