Hereticle Project

What is it and Why is it?

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Monitor mounted Hereticle gaming external reticle accessory

Hereticle is a external sight accessory for first- and third-person-shooter games. Its base is mounted in the center of the top edge of your monitor. From the base a thin carbon fiber rod is suspended, and at the end of the rod is the reticle that, when properly aligned, assists your aiming towards the center of the screen. The rod assembly easily swings to fixed positions every quarter turn, to either deploy the reticle for gaming, or to move it above the monitor so that it’s out of the way when it’s no longer needed.

As the play of words in its name suggests, there’s an element of a heresy in this gadget. The prevailing gaming modes these days offer either the on-screen, game-generated reticle that shows you where the center of the screen is, or, if you’re playing in hardcore mode, no reticle at all. Hereticle comes to shake things up a bit, offering a completely new way to enjoy your games: a sight positioned at a distance from the monitor / TV.

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External reticle in action

Hereticle creates a much richer gaming experience. Because the external sight is positioned at a distance from the surface of the screen, it creates a new plane of focus.

If you’re familiar with the traditional sighting mechanism used in firearms – what’s sometimes called iron sights – you know that in order to use it one has to learn to align several planes of focus at different distances: the rear sight, the front sight, and the target. Hereticle brings a similar effect into computer gaming by introducing the second plane of focus, creating a more realistic visual experience.

External Sight is Good for Your Gaming Posture

In addition to offering a fresh perspective on the game, Hereticle also introduces a new element of physical discipline into computer gaming. In order to take advantage of the external sight one must sit in an upright position, with one’s eyesight properly aligned with the reticle and the center of the monitor. So it’s good for your posture, too!