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2021-01-21 1:30:34 PM  
As much as I would love to clown this, I can sympathize with them. In the pre-pro days, when streaming wasn't a thing, I killed my wrist playing Unreal Tourney (and UT 2K4) too much. Made it to the #1 ranking but I damaged my right wrist to where I can't play more than 5 to 10 minutes without having to stop & shake it out to get the feeling back.

Gaming is (mostly) for fun but don't ignore ergonomics while playing. Trust me, you'll regret it later if you do.
 
2021-01-21 3:04:15 PM  
Too much World of Warcraft a decade ago led to thumb/wrist surgery after it exploded while putting my luggage in the overhead on a Vegas trip, and an elbow nerve issue that my surgeon flaked on doing. Was only a few years older than this guy at t

Still have trouble with using a mouse with my right hand. Left handed, I can't do any competitive gaming like Battlefield or RTS.
 
2021-01-21 3:05:34 PM  
At the time I was going to write. Hate touch screen keyboards.
 
2021-01-21 3:07:49 PM  
The thing that bugs me about this is if this was ANY sports person you'd be having people posting nothing but crying emojis and farewells all over Twitter... I can't stand COD players BUT having something that you love and built up for years taken away because of a medical condition is hard. I just wished people would see that instead of bullshiat Boomer logic "Now he can get a real job hur hur hur"

In before mouth-breathers...
 
2021-01-21 3:14:00 PM  
i can believe it , playing video games on a pro level requires perfect muscle memory and lightning fast reactions, with an injury like what is described it is just not going to be possible to preform at that level..

he would have been better off taking time off to heal but i am sure in esports there are dozens of guys and gals waiting to take your place so he likely felt if he did so he would lose his place for good.
 
2021-01-21 3:25:21 PM  
Doing anything 16 hours a day is going to eventually suck.
 
2021-01-21 3:44:13 PM  

isamudyson: As much as I would love to clown this, I can sympathize with them. In the pre-pro days, when streaming wasn't a thing, I killed my wrist playing Unreal Tourney (and UT 2K4) too much. Made it to the #1 ranking but I damaged my right wrist to where I can't play more than 5 to 10 minutes without having to stop & shake it out to get the feeling back.

Gaming is (mostly) for fun but don't ignore ergonomics while playing. Trust me, you'll regret it later if you do.


I ended up having to get a new desk and re-work my KB and Mouse set up due to nearly the same thing happening to me (while playing UT as well at that), managed to have the fore-sight of 'this is starting to hurt while playing, I need to work on posture' before it got bad though.

Being that I now spend all day working on a PC, and then a majority of my free time afterward on one as well, proper wrist/arm placement has been a major concern of mine.
Thankfully it seems my chair/desk combo is perfect for my height. The nice gel arm/wrist pad included with the Razor Elite keyboards doesn't hurt either.

No snark about this kid here, as said up thread is that it sucks to have something like that take away from you over an injury. He got to live a bit of the dream a lot of kids (and hell, even adults my own age now had at his age, or even at our old age...yeah, it's work at that point, but it's certainly not the worst work in the world) aspire to now days but will never reach.

/the dreaded 'nintendo thumb'
//funny how there was never such a thing as the 'atari thumb' before it, huh?
///too old and slow to play competitively anymore
 
2021-01-21 3:58:38 PM  
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2021-01-21 3:59:51 PM  
Now imagine how farked up guitar player hands are.
 
2021-01-21 4:03:08 PM  

Marcos P: Now imagine how farked up guitar player hands are.


Or drummers.
 
2021-01-21 4:06:04 PM  
Farmed pyro pete all day, couldn't move my index finger properly for over a year.
 
2021-01-21 4:06:33 PM  
I used to be a professional gamer like you until I took an arrow to the knee RSI to the thumb.
 
2021-01-21 4:09:52 PM  

envirovore: isamudyson: As much as I would love to clown this, I can sympathize with them. In the pre-pro days, when streaming wasn't a thing, I killed my wrist playing Unreal Tourney (and UT 2K4) too much. Made it to the #1 ranking but I damaged my right wrist to where I can't play more than 5 to 10 minutes without having to stop & shake it out to get the feeling back.

Gaming is (mostly) for fun but don't ignore ergonomics while playing. Trust me, you'll regret it later if you do.

I ended up having to get a new desk and re-work my KB and Mouse set up due to nearly the same thing happening to me (while playing UT as well at that), managed to have the fore-sight of 'this is starting to hurt while playing, I need to work on posture' before it got bad though.

Being that I now spend all day working on a PC, and then a majority of my free time afterward on one as well, proper wrist/arm placement has been a major concern of mine.
Thankfully it seems my chair/desk combo is perfect for my height. The nice gel arm/wrist pad included with the Razor Elite keyboards doesn't hurt either.

No snark about this kid here, as said up thread is that it sucks to have something like that take away from you over an injury. He got to live a bit of the dream a lot of kids (and hell, even adults my own age now had at his age, or even at our old age...yeah, it's work at that point, but it's certainly not the worst work in the world) aspire to now days but will never reach.

/the dreaded 'nintendo thumb'
//funny how there was never such a thing as the 'atari thumb' before it, huh?
///too old and slow to play competitively anymore


I just recently rebuilt my old PC and built a new "gaming" one. The "old" PC got a Razer Chroma and the wrist rest is pretty decent. I got a Lenovo Legion for the "gaming" one but it only came with a plastic snap on one. Still $59 for an RGB mechanical keyboard is pretty darn good. Sad part is the "old" PC gets used 99.9% of the time, no matter what I am doing. Guess I need to get to gaming more...

/I'll never play all the games I own
 
2021-01-21 4:52:59 PM  

envirovore: /the dreaded 'nintendo thumb'
//funny how there was never such a thing as the 'atari thumb' before it, huh?


My cousins and I blistered the hell out our thumbs playing centipede on their Atari 400 with the black and orange Atari joysticks; those things were not very ergonomic at all. That was nearly 40 years ago, but I'm pretty sure we called it 'Atari Thumb'.
 
2021-01-21 5:27:32 PM  
Diablo 2 has made me right click so much I had to mouse left handed for a week or two every time I ever played it
 
2021-01-21 5:30:20 PM  
Thumb injuries are the worst. Nothing you can do but try to use it. But since you forget and use it anyways every 10 seconds, they takes months to heal.
 
2021-01-21 5:37:52 PM  
My parents kept this on the bulletin board
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I guess they were hopeful too. I let them down as far as ever making money, but I did successfully land on the carrier in Top Gun. Twice.
 
2021-01-21 5:49:54 PM  
I used to have my eyes on being a pro gamer, until one fateful day in 2003 when I was schooling a friend at the Playstation 2 title Fantavision. I was way beyond where I had been before, and was bajillions of points ahead of my friend.
Then I got a sharp pain in my right thumb, and couldn't hit the buttons like I'd been doing.
Turns out I broke my right thumb playing that stupid game! Took eight weeks of no video games and no typing to heal the break, and two years of therapy before I could play fast video games without pain.
 
2021-01-22 1:22:22 AM  

Marcos P: Now imagine how farked up guitar player hands are.


Apparently ballerinas' feet are all sorts of bruised and farked up under their graceful ballet shoes.
 
2021-01-22 1:56:34 AM  
The only long term career in sports is "spectator"
 
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