When They Said Video Games Were Unhealthy, They Probably Weren't Thinking Of This

from the meat-hooks dept

The competition in the video-game market is intense, even when it comes to console-induced injuries. You’ve got Wiinjuries, Guitar Hero arm strains, and now, “PlayStation palmar hidradenitis.” That’s the name given to some intense sores a 12-year-old Swiss girl developed on the palms of her hands after playing her Playstation for several hours a day. Ironically, hidradenitis is more commonly found on the soles of kids’ feet who take part in heavy physical activity, like running. While doctors and Sony both say this is the first case of its kind they’ve seen, don’t be surprised if politicians start railing against sore palms as another danger video games pose to kids.

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eleete (user link) says:

We've got to do something to protect the children

“While doctors and Sony both say this is the first case of its kind they’ve seen, don’t be surprised if politicians start railing against sore palms as another danger video games pose to kids.”

Before I even got to that line, I had already gone there. Funny how clueless polluticians are capable of imposing a law on 330,000,000+ people in a country that has never experienced an incident. I contend that our government exists to reduce our liberty and rights.

Chris (user link) says:

Pfft

Next thing they say is it’s dangerous to play guitar because it builds calluses on the fingers. No, what’s dangerous is swimming with anvils tied to each of your feet, muscles need a chance to build and grow muscle memory, they need to adapt to the tasks you do repeatedly.

Grow up, whoever claims this to be true is performing a hate crime (lol).

Killer_Tofu (profile) says:

Likely Result

(Newspaper reporter): “Sir, we just have our first single confirmed case of people getting blisters from playing video games and the doctors giving it a special medical name instead of blisters.”
(Editor): “That is great news. Call it an epidemic. Put it on the front page. Give it a nice large section on our homepage on that world web thing. And also start warning parents about how this can happen to their kids. Is it contageous?”
(Reporter): “Sir, its just blisters with a fancy name”
(Editor): “Eh, call it contageous anyways. Demand people need to take action. Now THATS a story!”
(Reporter): “Brilliant sir!”

another mike says:

lol

*snerk*
So many great new terms here. Polluticians; can I borrow that, eleete?

Tech Guy, they made me turn in my Ward of Glassy-eyed Confusion when they promoted me. It’s so much more difficult to make my escapes now.

Anyway, I long for the simpler days, when txters’ thumb was the worst technology-induced injury a kid would suffer. Those were the good ol’ days when we walked barefoot through the snow uphill both ways. Now that was a character building activity.

Won’t someone think of the children?!

Overcast says:

I used to play my Atari, C64 and Amiga games for hours at a time, using various Atari compatible joysticks and I never had blisters or other problems.

No way – you never developed ‘gamers thumb’ from those old 2600 style joysticks? 🙂 (yeah, I know – the commodores had one you could buy identical to that one)

I most certainly did!

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