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Playing Nintendo Causes Blisters?

Roblimo posted more than 14 years ago | from the evidence-that-gaming-is-bad-bad-bad dept.

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drxenon writes, "In this story on AltaVista Live, the real truth about those hand injuries is made known. Nintendo is offering up to $80 million (US) worth of gloves for buyers of the "Mario Party" Nintendo64 game. Over 90 complaints have been filed concerning blisters, cuts, and other hand injuries!" The article gives info on how to get *your* gloves. If you're a Nintendo user, go for it!

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XKoules (1)

alehmann (50545) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216114)

Now the author of XKoules should do something similar :)

blisters (2)

Khopesh (112447) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216115)

i get blisters but only from games like Street Fighter 2

In related news... (3)

Shoeboy (16224) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216116)

I'm suing the operators of if they fail to provide me with vaseline and kleenex.

Only Mario Party? (1)

iAlex (134189) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216117)

Why does this offer only apply to Mario Party? Given the countless hours that I spent playing Zelda I should qualify for the gloves also.

Angry moderator? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216118)

Wow, some prick has moderated everyone down. Perhaps he's upset because his mummy dear won't shell out for gloves?

Re:In related news... (1)

Shoeboy (16224) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216119)

I wish you could retract posts. God that was stupid. What was I thinking.

Hah! (3)

BJH (11355) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216120)

I got my first gaming blisters from Gorf (the Commodore VIC-20 cartridge version) because of the stupid positioning of the fire button on the Commodore joysticks. I never even thought of suing Commodore or anyone else because of that.

Quite frankly, if you're playing a game enough to get blisters, you have way too much free time on your hands. Suing somebody for that is just frivolous.

That's great, but... (3)

Nastard (124180) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216121)

...I'm still waiting for ID Games to reimburse me for lost wages after I got fired for playing Quake 3 Arena too much.

Screen shot for Mario Party? (1)

fluffball (156803) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216122)

hey, can somebody w/ a digital camera post a screenshot of this game or a copy of their receipt or canceled check so i can get my cool N64 Glove?

Re:In related news... (2)

Baca (7658) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216123)

Since obviously ppl can get away with this, you know maybe we should sue, you can sprain your finger on that one-click stuff... More seriously, where's my gloves for typing really long essays and whatnot for school?

My worst videogame injury (1)

chroma (33185) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216124)

The most dangerous video game of all time has to be Centipede. The edge of my hand would always get trapped between the trackball and the console. The ball had quite a bit of momentum to it too, so it could drag the skin pretty deep. Ouch!

THUMB! not palm! (1)

Khopesh (112447) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216125)

...But ALL of my blisters are from the directional pad, not the joystick. It comes from doing the motion for a hadoken (fireball; down-down/forward-forward) over many, many times.

I find it strange that the article seems to state that the thumb, where I get blisters, has no protection. "Customers report having to use the palms..." therefore Nintendo pads the palms, but not the thumb, which is the original source of the problem?

What? (2)

pb (1020) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216126)

Playing the Atari 7800 (Food Fight!) for hours at a time made my hands hurt. Solution? Stop playing every once in a while.

Playing Zelda on the Nintendo for hours at a time made my eyes hurt. But after a while, I beat it, and I didn't have to play it as much.

Maybe the controllers aren't designed for really prolonged usage, but our bodies aren't either. Some people just don't know when to quit.

Read a book, guys. Go outside. But don't sue the people who make your games just because you're lazy!
pb Reply or e-mail; don't vaguely moderate [] .

Reading Slashdot gives me blisters (3)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216127)

Point here
Click there
Reply in the little box

After years of Slashdot usage, I've notices that I've developed not only blisters and hand cramps, but also a bad case of schizophrenic paranoia.

I'm suing RobLimo for wrist guards, gloves, and electroshock (some of which I'll share with him). I 0wn you, Robin. I've been stalking you since your Pathfinder days, and I don't expect to stop.

The times they are a changin' (1)

MrEd (60684) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216128)

All of you 17-20 year olds out there - Remember Nintendo Thumb? The bruises you got from playing your Nintendo game of choice too long? Don't pretend you don't, 'cause I'm on to you.

Honestly, the ergonomics of video game controllers have improved a hundredfold since the rectangles that were the original NES controllers. Super NES controllers were fine (or maybe I didn't play a much), and the next generation have had so much research put into them that those kids must be playing a HELL of a lot to get blisters!

Well, it's a start... (1)

DragoonAK (17095) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216129)

So when are all us 80s kids going to get treatment for our nintendo thumbs? I tell you, after a day of using those old NES pads, you could be in serious hurt! Damn sharp edges, damn addictive NES games. :) I still think this is somewhat ridiculous. If the controller's hurting your hands, don't effing use it that way! And yeah, I realize that includes me on the NES pads - shouldn't have played that much. It still seems somewhat silly, considering people do this to themselves - it's not like the controller just slips and gashes up your hand or something.

Seriously, though, this has some interesting consequences. Could keyboard manufacturers be held responsible for ergonomic damages due to poor keyboard design? It's a very similar concept - poor design leading to hand injury after repetitive use. Oh boy, more lawyers!

The stupidity continues... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216130)

Exactly...why was this even posted here?

Re:In related news... (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216131)

What was I thinking.

Probably something about feet.

Hah to you! (1)

Khopesh (112447) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216132)

I get blisters after about five to ten MINUTES of playing Super Street Fighter 2 on my SNES

Re:Good for Nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216133)


Blisters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216134)


Hustler magazine is offering up to $80 million worth of vaseline for subscribers!

Over 90 complaints have been filed concerning blisters, cold sores, blindness and other masturbation related injuries!

The article gives info on how to get *your* lubricant. If you're a Hustler reading mule-milker, go for it!

Class Action (1)

Byteme (6617) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216135)

I hear there is a similar suit against Maxim Magazine [] that is in the courts in the state of Massachusetts.

I don't know how much truth there is to this, but if anyone knows where I can sign up... I'd appreciate a reply.


blisters? (1)

linux_penguin (101961) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216136)

Have they investigated *where* the blisters are located? I know a few Nintendo players, and my guess is that the blisters would be on their *palms*, not their fingers (unless they are female ofcourse)

Remember, most Nintendo players are teenage boys... doesnt take too much to figure....

Activision Decathlon for Atari 2600 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216137)

I know you youths are probably too young to remember, but everybody who played Activision's Decathlon on the Atari 2600 probably still has permanent nerve damage in their hands. To make your character run, you spun the joystick. To run faster, spin faster. The hell of it was, this was one of the few fun two player games out there, so you ended up playing it again and again and again. I remember having cramps in my hands for days.

this just goes to show you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216138)

that video games are lame-ass

Street Fighter... (1)

Haven (34895) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216141)

The Correct HadouKen performed by RYU and Ken from the Street Fighter series is ::

:: [Down], [Diagonal Down+forward], [Forward+lowpunch,medpunch,or highpunch] ::

The speed of your HadouKen is determined by the power you want. Low speed = High Power and vice versa.

uh oh (2)

jetfire (135511) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216142)

Looks like a new form of Nintendonitous.

Try reading the article sometime. (1)

casret (64258) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216143)

Its short enough. Anyway, the article does not mention any suits, contrary to what everyone is posting. It just says there was an attorney general investigation, and nintendo is offering gloves.

Try not to let your knee jerk so hard next time.

what kind of gloves (1)

JayBonci (92015) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216144)

what kind of gloves are they giving out? what kind of party is mario throwing?
i hope those arent latex! (not LaTeX!)

This is nothing new. (1)

Wycliffe (116160) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216145)

I used to get blisters playing the original nintendo as well as the atari.
Can I get the gloves for my Original Nintendo box too?

Seriously, tho (1)

schmeel (55399) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216146)

All the jokers are online right now...

But doesn't anyone find this incredibly ridiculous? Frick, man - if the game gives you blisters, don't f!ing play it so much.

Brutally stupid.


NES Track & Field - Hammer Throw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216147)

The Hammer Throw in Track & Field on the NES was the worst blister producing game ever... anyone remember this one?

Info from hotline (5)

Mike Schiraldi (18296) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216148)

I called the glove hotline, and it said these were just off-the-shelf sporting-goods-store gloves, no nintendo logo or anything.

Also, they seem to only want to send one glove. (They ask you to specify whether you want left or right) Maybe they'll send up to four gloves, but only one in each size / orientation.

You need to send them one of the following:
  • A receipt for the game
  • A credit card statement showing a purchase of the game
  • A cancelled check for the game
  • The UPC code, cut out of the side of the box
  • The first page of the instruction booklet
  • A photo of the cartridge
  • A photo of your TV, with the game onscreen.
Also, they need an outline of the player's hand, traced on white paper, so they know what size.

Since it's just an ordinary glove, and they're being pretty generous, please don't screw them over.

"Nintendo Thumb." (1)

Murmer (96505) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216149)

I've had a hand strain and a blister on my thumb since I played fifteen straight hours of Tetris on their first machine, and every Nintendo since has only made it worse.

Finally, some relief!


Re:Seriously, tho (1)

Wycliffe (116160) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216150)

Yes, it might seem ridiculous at first, but quoting from the Attorney General's webpage:

> The hand injuries included burns, lacerations, punctures, cuts, bleeding, and tearing and blistering of skin.

I don't believe that many people can honestly say they received lacerations from the older machines. I believe that the injuries were probably alot more serious than the typical blisters that are caused by overuse.

Re:In related news... (2)

spazimodo (97579) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216151)

so when Daikatana is released Eidos will provide the following with every copy:

gloves, to deal with crappy tombraider inspired controls.
vaseline and kleenex for that whole killcreek naked thing.
A copy of Unreal Tournament to combat the pernicious boredom caused by playing Daikatana.


Fsck the millennium, we want it now.

Tobacco Companies.. Same Responsibility? (5)

mikeylebeau (68519) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216152)

So if Nintendo has to supply gloves to those whose hands are damaged through excessive Mario Partying, should the tobacco companies be paying for the health care of those dying from lung cancer through smoking, etc?

Re:The correct link to the Attorney General's webs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216153)

Ha ha! Too late, someone beat you to it!

Re:THUMB! not palm! (1)

tbarjoe (149963) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216154)

I think that for mario party it is the palm cause you have to do silly thing like rotate the joystick on the controller as fast as you can, so all of the little kids are mashing their palm against the joystick and going nuts. I've tried it once and it's certainly not easy on the hands, I can imagine a few days of it and there would for sure be some damage

Accountable for stupidity (5)

Xenex (97062) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216155)

The problem with the Mario Party games is the fact that in some of the mini-games the N64's analogue control stick needs to be quickly rotated. Some gamers go about this by using their palm on the top of the stick, instead of their thumb as ALL of Nintendo's documentation suggests.

I have played the game a bit, and I personnally use my thumb most of the time, however when I do use my palm, my IQ kicks in and i SIMPLY DON'T PRESS HARD! My younger cousins (ie: under 12) have problems with this, and sometimes get blisters. I have taught them to use their thumbs, or press softly... problem gone!

Companies should not be held accountable for product misuse. This is like blaiming soda bulbs for children's deaths (they are for drinks, not for rockets.) This sounds like a Geeks in Space awhile back:

Something like this (off the top of my head):

CowboyNeal: Once I was injured by a Microsoft Natural Keyboard
CmdrTaco (I think): Dude, that doesn't count when your mom wraps it round your neck...

They then talk about the time he got his hair caught in an IntelliMouse :)

But, would this be M$'s? fault? Of course not! Why blaim Nintendo for stupidity, or a lack of parental supervision?

Stupidity should not be allowed to rule the day.

Fingerless gloves?? (1)

theLime (4908) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216156)

The article said these were _fingerless_ gloves, with a padded palm.
I've never played this particular game, but I've had plenty of controller blisters, and I *never* got them on my palms.

Always my fingers and thumbs.

Does this strike anyone as odd?
Has anyone played mario sport?
Where did you get blisters?

Re:Info from hotline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216157)

Awesome! Moderate this up! Free gloves for everyone!

Re:The times they are a changin' (1)

Flerg (152285) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216158)

No kidding, I've got Ice Hockey for the NES, and if you play for about 10 minutes, you'll be in a world of pain. It's the best hockey game ever made (don't give me that Blades of Steel crap) but it's downright painful to play. Anyone know where you could buy one of those newfangled NES's that came out after the Super Nintendo? I seem to remember that they had pretty good controllers.

Re:Seriously, tho (1)

jimmyCarter (56088) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216159)

Ridiculous, yes -- but precedence has been set.

If a customer of McDonald's can win a lawsuit b/c they spilled their too hot coffee, then you can easily see why Sony is so eager to give out gloves.

That's what I love about them high-school girls. I get older, they stay the same age... yes they do.
--Wooderson 1976

Re:Tobacco Companies.. Same Responsibility? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216160)

See, there is a difference. It appears the head honchos of Nintendo have morals. They are doing this voluntarily. The CEO's of the big tobacco companies have Score:-5 no morals.

Re:Daikatana (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216161)

No, no, no!
When Daikatana is released, Satan will drive to work in a snowplow.

hahaha (4)

Frac (27516) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216162)

I guess it's Nintendo's fault that people are playing so much video games that they have blisters. that's like Gun makers offering free bulletproof vests for those who keep getting hurt from shooting themselves...

Re:Street Fighter... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216163)

Who the hell cares? You don't deserve your +1 bonus. Moderate this guy down!

blisters are no big deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216164)

Once you take a break, your fingers will heal.

This isn't nearly as serious as things like tendonitis, CTS, etc (which is what you'll get from too much of Quake-type games).

Basic premise (1)

emad (4377) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216165)

<emad> basically the game is sorta like an electronic boared game
<emad> it is a real neat idea
<emad> you go through various boards
<emad> and after each person has played their turn
<emad> you play a minigame
<emad> (there is a bunch of other stuff but I will ignore that)
<emad> there are dozens of different minigames
<emad> 2-3 of the games are I guess powergames
<emad> like say tug of war
<emad> you have to rotate the joystick as fast as possible
<emad> in order beat the other 3 guys
<emad> what ends up happening is
<emad> you go so fast
<emad> you burn you f-ing hand off

Re:Street Fighter... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216166)

Just did that. As somebody who wields the mighty +1 post of smiting, I can't stand people who misuse it for junk like that.

Buddy, they gave you the karmabooster because you posted smart. It doesn't mean you should use it on everything.

nope, palm, happend to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216167)

during the games where you need to rotate the stick, like the one where you need to generate power to light up a light bulb by peddling a bike, or (if I haven't forgotten) the tug of war game. I tore the skin off my palm in a little circle by doing this, which later blistered. Luckily in mario party 2 there aren't any games that require rotation of the joystick.

Re:THUMB! not palm! (1)

Shanep (68243) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216168)

Remember the old games where you had to "waggle" the joystick to make a guy run faster? The sports games, etc.

I had one on my C64 which had a commando that needed to run, jump and use the monkey/ladder bars and quickly as possible. One day I was playing it with the CRAP joystick that came with the white C64 and the handle snapped right off the base while I was playing this game. Resorting to the other joystick of the two, I found that the handle was really well weighted so that you could just hold the base and roll it left and right quickly making the handle move really quickly side to side.

Remember the kids in the arcades pulling their school jumpers over their palm to allow rubbing across the buttons really quickly for those games?

Man they sucked.

new york's finest (3)

unc_onnected (6084) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216169)

if you read the article it points out that the glove giveaway is because the ny state attorney general investigated it.

boy, doesn't that make you feel so much safer?

now that you wont get injured by playing nintendo 24-7, youll never have to go outside and risk being perforated by triggerhappy plainclothes police officers with automatic pistols.

if you really want a laugh, dial the 800 number


and listen to the safety warning. i fell out of my chair laughing. sample:

some individuals may experience skin irritation, including blisters and/or damage to the control stick if they rotate the control stick with the palm of your hand. nintendo recommends that you rotate the control stick with your thumb or holding it between your thumb and forefinger. if neither of these methods work for you, and you would still prefer to use your palm to rotate the control stick, nintendo will send you a glove upon receipt of acceptable proof of ownership...

you need to send proof of purchase + an outline of your hand, "so that nintendo can determine the size of the glove to send and whether it should be for the right or left hand". proof of purchase can even be a picture of the game or a picture of a tv screen running the game. shipping in 4-6 weeks.

this kind of stuff boggles the mind.


Re:What? (2)

jblackman (72186) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216170)

A fair enough sentiment, but the complaints in question aren't entirely without merit.

I've played my share of Mario Party, and one of the mini-games requires the player to rapidly rotate the joystick. This is best accomplished with the palm of the hand. During the course of a game (20-50 turns, as I seem to recall) quite a few mini-games will be played -- probably upwards of 100. Even playing just one game, if a joystick-rotating mini-game comes up, you're getting close to blister territory right there. It's not an instance of millions of Americans spending 18 hours a day in front of this game.

If I were Nintendo, I'd be more concerned with complaints about wear-and-tear on the controller itself. Mario Party basically requires you to abuse the hell out of your controller, either rotating the joystick, or furiously pressing buttons, or whatever. A few months of Mario Party, and you've got a noticibly degraded controller.

Whew. I just wrote more on that than I ever promised myself I would on that particular subject, but these complaints aren't groundless. Ya know, I could probably use one of those gloves myself. I might take 'em up on their offer.


Re:Hah! (2)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216171)

You could just have substituted another joystick...back then, in the simple days...all the joysticks had the same plug...

But I rember remember Summer Games I & II, what about Winter Games I & II? Not to mention California Games, and the mother of all spinny games...720 (that skateborading game.) I just took one of my old Coleco joysticks, which had a problem that made a button stick...however, the Coleco controller actually sent holding down the button as "auto-fire" so life got much much easier after that "malfunction."

*sigh* back in the day! (2)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216172)

I'm by no means an old timer when it comes to computers or console gaming (first computer was in 96, first console was in 92 - Pentium 66 and NES, repsectively. About 2nd and 7th grades.) but I remember playing for hours and hours on the NES, which obviously resulted in blisters.

I remember playing Super Mario Brothers 3 and Zelda (mostly zelda - what a game! It's still a lot of fun to play the original) as a tike right up until my bedtime. Having played all day, and not wanted to have to restart from scratch, I would unplug the adapter from the back of the TV, and put a video cassette box in front of the power light so that my parents would be unaware that it was still on (they didn't like it - thought it was a fire hazzard or something). I would then get up early in the morning merely to finish my game. Sadly, many times I'd come back to find that it had crashed/frozen. Very upsetting at the time.

Back to the topic of blisters and such! :) The original NES controllers were hardly agronomic, and gave me terrible soreness after many hours of play. (we could also complain about the ~60hz refresh of the TV... after 8 or so hours, that can give you one splitting headache at relateively close range...) :) (the gameboy was even worse, for that matter...) Still, something must be said for these device's durability. I myself never owned a gameboy, but serveral of my friends have, and their gameboys took/take tremendous beatings. If any newer devices that are similar in build (say, the palm) were to get dropped, stepped on, thrown, run over, submerged in water, etc, they most certainly would be destroyed. But I've seen the gameboy go through all that and survive, and rarely have cosmetic disorder, even. (I think this is because Nintendo of America seems to have a projected audience of 5-10 year olds in mind when they make their products... just a guess.)

still, every blister I got playing those games was well worth it. It made the game a lasting memory in my mind, made it a special event. No pain, no gain. I think that giving game players gloves to use free of charge will partially ruin the game experience for many of the players, minimalizing the preserverence that goes into beating a game.

More than likely, the main people playing mario party will be little kids - Mario gets fairly irritating for me, and would even if they made a sexy game with a quake 3 style engine using the guy. Considering that Mario is a kid thing, to a great extent, many of those gloves might go completely disused. (I know I wouldn't have used a glove... you lose tactility by adding an extra layer. Even I realized that at a young age - but maybe not with that verbiage.) :)


Re:NES Track & Field - Hammer Throw (1)

misterklaw (26739) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216173)

yeah that sucked it hard.... until you got the NES max! Thats the one with the sliding disc thing for the thumbpad. you could turn that upside down and really crank it.

This actually happened to me. (2)

jcorgan (30025) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216174)

I had forgotten all about it, actually, until I read the story.

About two months ago I was playing Mario Party with my nine year old son, and he was teaching me the mini-games. I don't remember which one it was, but basically, you had to rotate the joystick faster than the other player to win. Of course, the only way to do this quickly is to place the controller in the center of your hand and rotate it that way.

Sure enough, I was rewarded for my efforts (I finally beat my kid at something on the Nintendo :-) with a large, painful blister that took a week to heal, and I can still see a faint outline where the new skin grew back.

Well, I could sue, or better yet, just use a little common sense next time.

For those who don't party (5)

lapdog (73128) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216175)

Many people seem to be implying with their posts that Nintendo shouldn't be responsible for people hurting themselves from playing too much. This isn't exactly the case. For those who don't play Mario Party, here's how it works:

The game is kind-of-like a board game. The object is to get as many stars as possible. The person with the most stars at the end is the "Super Star". Stars cost money, and at the end of every turn, the players play a [semi]random mini-game in competition for coins. The hand devastation comes from some minigames where the way you win is by rotating the analog stick as fast as you can. (Games like tug-of-war and pattle battle). Nintendo put grips into the tops of their analog sticks so that it would be easier to make fine controls in games like Mario World, which is really just shortsided on their part, thinking that all that stick would be good for is meneuvering in a 3D enviornment.

Anyway, after playing even one of these minigames where the object is to rotate the stick, your hand is raw. In most minigames, this is not the objective, but they are frequent enough that by the end of the whole game, you are in some serious pain (even though you had a great time).

This is probably one of the most fun nintendo games there is. Its designed for 4 players at a time, everyone can see the whole screen all the time (no split screen [ala any first person shooter or any racing game] where you get some small fraction of an already small screen), and no one can become a "master" and just make the game uninteresting for everyone else. Rent it and call some friends over. Then get some free Nintendo brand gloves too =].

This free glove thing is just a little late. They recently released Mario Party 2 (more of the same thing with some nice new stuff and more games), where all of the stick-rotating minigames have been removed.
Upside: At least Nintendo listens to their customers and tries hard to put good stuff in the box, unlike some broken, rushed-to-market, DVD, Internet, Stereo, do-everything-else-in-the-known-universe-for-under -$500, fit-video-games-somewhere-in-there machines.


Why Mario Party Causes Blisters. (0)

Alphons Clenin (160296) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216176)

Mario party has a bunch of little "subgames" inside. One of these is won by rotating the joystick as fast as possible. Players quickly learn that the fastest way to rotate the joystick is with the palm of the hand. Pressing the joystick into the palm of the hand and feverishly rotating causes the blister.

Re:Tobacco Companies.. Same Responsibility? (1)

GriffX (130554) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216177)

Um, they are already, and it's just as ridiculous a situation - This seems to be like something a /. reader would make up after having read about the recent stories about the tobacco settlements.

"Oh, so we make a product that you play obsessively and makes your hands bleed/gives you cancer? Well, we as a company can't believe that you were so fucking stupid that you didn't know anything about it so I guess we now have to give you some money... oh wait a minute why don't we give the money to your state to make advertisements that say that we're baaaaad, maybe people will continue to cut their hands on our product and we will keep giving up a piece of our profits to you, Mr. State Government...

Re:Only Mario Party? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216178)

Didn't you get the gold gauntlets? They're in the room with the purple emblem in Ganon's castle. Those gloves are a lot better than the ones the Gorons gave you.

Re:What? (1)

pb (1020) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216179)

Thanks for the info!

I haven't played the game, but the N64 controller always struck me as being somewhat elaborate. If you can't do it with a directional controller and four buttons, (six buttons max) it's probably pretty complicated... Give me a standard, NES-style controller any day.
pb Reply or e-mail; don't vaguely moderate [] .

Re:Info from hotline (1)

Nastard (124180) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216180)

I called the glove hotline, and it said these were just off-the-shelf sporting-goods-store gloves, no nintendo logo or anything.

Also, they seem to only want to send one glove. This will be good news for Micheal Jackson(They ask you to specify whether you want left or left) Maybe they'll send up to four gloves, but only one in each size / orientation.

You need to send them all of the following:

A receipt for the game

Your first born child

A cancelled check for the game

A signed statement from the store clerk who sold you the game, and a blood sample from him/her

The first page of the instruction booklet

A photo of the cartridge holding a newspaper.

A photo of your Moniter, with Slashdot onscreen.

A sperm sample.

A doctors note.

Also, they need an outline of the player's hand, traced on neon yellow paper with purple watermarks, so they know what size.

Since it's just an ordinary glove, and they're being pretty worthless, please screw them over.

Doom-Claw (1)

Coins (3612) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216181)

The most tragic ailment of my childhood was Doom-Claw. Sure it took all night to develop, but it was serious stuff! The associated symptoms were horrible too, besides being unable to open my hand for at least a day...the next morning always came about with horribly aching lungs and cigarette stained fingers. And the nightmares. After a good night of Doom, I was gauranteed to have creepy dreams until the next weekend when the whole gory process started over...

Shigeru Miyamoto says.... (4)

Shaheen (313) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216182)

"Muwahahahaha... My games are so addictive they cause injuries to the players! I have finally reached my goal after all these years!"

Dumb move Nintendo (4)

garver (30881) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216183)

Can we say "Class Action Law Suit"?

Legally, this may translate to an admittance of guilt on Nintendo's part. Then, they will be open for attack from users who have had more serious problems (carpal tunnel syndrome, addiction, insomnia, etc.) with any of their products. Even if these lawsuits all fail, the legal fees could get racked up quickly.

don't mock unless you've played the game (0)

crayz (1056) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216184)

... or, if you don't have the game, but do have an N64, just sit down, put your palm on the joystick and rotate as fast as you can for about a minute.

I haven't played this game much, bt I know at least one part these complaints must come from. It's a mini-game where you are in a raft traveling down a river and the whole point in to push the raft to your side of the river. Apparently the best way Nintendo could imitate the rowing of oars was to have people rotate the joystick.

Well thats OK, but the problem is that when playing against the computer you have to rotate so god damn fast that you're forced to put your palm on it. Well if you play this game once or twice, you quickly have a problem, that being that it hurts like fuck to spin that little joystick into your palm.

Anyway, this is a good gesture by Nintendo.

Game Design Haiku (5)

drivers (45076) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216185)

object of the game
rotate joystick rapidly
makes quake look like chess

hey this really happens (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216186)

i rented mario party once, and well.. i ended rubbing my palm on the controler untill the skin came off, and it dident take very long, perhaps 5 games or so..

uhm, personally i always thought the game was a scam to help kids break the analog joystick faster, so they could sell more controllers :)

Re:My worst videogame injury (1)

Kimble (17437) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216187)

Did you ever play Atari Football [] ?

First, picture Cyberball. Now, do the following:

  • change the cabinet from 2-screen upright to cocktail (except you have to stand)
  • make it 2-player only
  • make the rules more realistic
  • change the perspective to overhead
  • remove a player from each side
  • strip the playbooks to 4 plays total
  • replace the players with Xs and Os
  • use a black and white monitor

That should give you an idea. :^) (All of this was really impressive in 1978, of course.)

Back to the point, Atari Football used a trackball for a controller. A much larger and heavier trackball -- the same size as the one in Missile Command. What made it really hurt, though, was that basically all you did in the game was roll the ball as fast as you could. None of this precision "aim and fire" "gameplay" found in Centipede and Missile Command. :^)

(Question: Anyone know what the last major b/w video game was? Asteroids Deluxe? Space Invaders II? Something I've forgotten?)

Re:Angry moderator? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216188)

and people wonder why i hate moderation.

Re:The times they are a changin' (1)

Xenex (97062) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216189)

Kids aren't playing alot, they use their palms insted of thumbs on the control stick, and press real hard, thus blister etc.

I've NEVER had blisters, from the 2600 up to the N64 (and I played A HELL OF A LOT). Is everyone else's hands weak, or are mine real strong :)

This is so stupid! (2)

dbryson (2401) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216190)

Perhaps I should complain to Playboy or Penthouse because I'm jacking off too much without using lubricant (which I think they should provide).

Jesus Christ, I probably have carpal tunnel
syndrome from playing Asteroids. Should I
sue Atari?

Or should I just assume that I
am stupid and played a little too long? Maybe
I should have rested between games? No way!
I should get free gloves from Nintendo!

Shit, I just sprained my ankle playing softball. Should I sue the company the made the bat or the company that made the glove. Maybe I should sue the city too for having a softball league at all! After all, they should make sure I am in good enough shape to play softball.

Someone should protect me from my own stupidity!

Re:Fingerless gloves?? (1)

Xenex (97062) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216191)

Because with Mario Party's "spin the joystick fast" mini-games, most idiot gamers (ie: ones that don't notice damaging their body, and press too hard) use their palms. not their fingertips. That explains palm-gloves.

Re:Seriously, tho (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216192)

Hey the hot coffee case was overturned on an appeal, the lady ended up with just about nothing. Also, she had second degree burns on her genitals, since mcdonalds heated the coffee signifigantly above the boiling point of water. That is they heated it hotter than water can get without special equipment. It really pisses me off when people quote this case who no nothing about it. Sure people can sue for anything, but they generally lose.

Re:Street Fighter... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216193)

you make a good point, but this is an article about gaming, and a pretty pointless one too. maybe a little slack is in order.

Re:That's great, but... (1)

luddgrl (161040) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216194)

ID should also send out drommamine to those of us who suffer from of DIMS (Doom Induced Motion Sickness). Maybe then I would actually be able to play for more than 5 minutes. A barf bag should also be included for severe cases.

blister this (1)

kophee (161048) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216195)

killer instinct gives me more blisters than debbi does dallas. i should be what about all the mental anguish it caused me when i couldn't do the infinite combo anymore ??? HUH what about me and my needs?

Re:Hah! (1)

BJH (11355) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216196)

You could just have substituted another joystick...back then, in the simple days...all the joysticks had the same plug...

You're talking about the 9-pin plug used on VIC-20s, C64s, Atari 400/800s, etc.etc.etc., right?

Unfortunately, I'm talking 1980 here - in my part of the world, there was no such thing as joysticks from independent manufacturers. It was either go with the Commodore model, or buy an Atari to get the joystick that came with that.

Re:Hah to you! (1)

BJH (11355) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216197)

Well done. Do you feel 1337?

(BTW, if you get blisters that quickly, you're using too much force - try and relax a little, huh?)

Re:This is so stupid! (1)

DigiBlitz (145203) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216198)

Troll? Read the above articles.

$75.000? (1)

dimator (71399) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216199)

Nintendo is committing $80 million for the gloves and agreed to also provide $75,000 for the cost of the attorney general's investigation, Spitzer said.

Why did this investigation cost $75,000? Does it really cost that much to call up Nintendo and say, "hey, how many guys cut their hands?" Even if they called up all 90 of the cut-handed individuals, that's like a $500 phone bill (maximum) and 1 days wages for the AG or one of his workers, right?

At least Nintendo is picking up the bill...

Re:Seriously, tho (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216200)

Tip for the stupid: "If your hand starts to bleed, stop whatever you're doing to make it bleed."

Is that so goddamn hard that people have to sue over their injuries?!

Re:*sigh* back in the day! (1)

BJH (11355) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216201)

No pain, no gain.

And what exactly did you gain from jerking off in front of a TV screen, genius?

Re:What? (1)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216202)

I'm not gonna say anything about the buttons, because I think it has too many buttons (although having only one button on each shoulder helps - i always get confused on the PSX), but the overall design of the N64 controller is amazingly good.

Oh, it looks ugly as all get out, but the feel is excellent. I really wish that I could get an N64 controller for my PSX (I had an N64 till it got stolen, so I decided to see how the other half lived)

Re:Info from hotline (1)

god_of_the_machine (90151) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216203)

Since it's just an ordinary glove, and they're being pretty generous, please don't screw them over.

Correct me if I'm wrong... but aren't they doing this primarily to head of a potentially costly lawsuit? A potential $80 Million (most of which will likely never get claimed) looks small compared with a huge class-action lawsuit which is known to bring about huge settlements.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm not saying we should rush out and take advantage of them -- but it's not like this is done out of generosity.

This makes me weep for the days of old (2)

yuriwho (103805) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216204)

Personally I think most of the new games suck and I cant imagine why people get injuries playing boring games like the fighting games. If you are into reflex skill games, in my book nothing beats Stargate the arcade gave from the early 80's (advanced version of defender)

It had 8 controls: left hand: ball headed stick for up-down with a thumb button for direction reverse; right hand: thrust, fire, inviso, smart bomb; either hand hyperspace.

I used to get left thumb and right index finger skin problems (calloses sp? and blisters) but where else could you get and hour of adrenaline rush at extreme levels of complexity for a quarter.

I miss those blisters

Me TOO!! (2)

Ice_Hole (87701) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216205)

It's a game where you play tug of war against your opponent, the faster you rotate the joystick the harder you pull.. Till eventually you pull the other guy over the edge.

I ddin't get a blister the controller actually became part of my hand. But then I think it was partly my fault. I was a little, well, Excited? I was turnin away at the controller, got up, and started yellin, and screamin, go crazy getting myself pumped up, and intimidating my friends. Next thing I knew it was over, and I looked down and the controller was soaked in blood, and I had to pull the center joystik out of my hand, yes it had actually gone INTO my hand! I still have the scar from where this happened to me! And the worst part, I DIDN'T WIN! It was a damn tie :-( Guess I need to try harder next time :-P

Anyway's, I think it would be cool if nintendo sent me a special nintendo gaming glove because I managed to get one of their controllers stuck in my hand.

Re:Activision Decathlon for Atari 2600 (1)

luckykaa (134517) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216206)

Oh, I remember those joysyick wagglers. One of the Commodore 64 magazines predicted that in 2005 there would be a special form of RSI attributed to these games.

These games aren't as popular these days so this probably won't happen.

Re:What? (1)

Zen (8377) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216207)

My personal long-running-time favorite was Mrs. (Ms?) PacMan on atari. I played that game for 4-5 hours at a time. Big-ass blisters on my thumbs. But did I sue Atari? Hell no, I was having fun!
All playstation games make my hands hurt & cramp up; their control just sux.
I used to run a Quake and then Quake2 server, and my eyes would start to hurt after about 2 hours of playing cuz I didn't blink enough. I've had problems with playing any computer game for longer than 45 minutes at a time since my Quake days. Mebbe I should sue Id for ruining my eyes. Carmack's got plenty of $$ for me to get some. Mebbe I'll settle out of court for one of his cars.....

Re:*sigh* back in the day! (1)

Rendus (2430) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216208)

If any newer devices that are similar in build (say, the palm) were to get dropped, stepped on, thrown, run over, submerged in water, etc, they most certainly would be destroyed. But I've seen the gameboy go through all that and survive, and rarely have cosmetic disorder, even. (I think this is because Nintendo of America seems to have a projected audience of 5-10 year olds in mind when they make their products... just a guess.)

Exactly. I remember reading in a Nintendo Power ages ago that someone once dropped a Game Boy in the toilet and it somehow got stuck (this was the original, large gameboys). They draino-ed it, tried snaking it, and eventually had to call a plummer. The plummer got the game boy out, and they let it dry and it still worked. Dunno if it's true or not though.

Big loser moderator (1)

Nicolas MONNET (4727) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216209)

This post was on-topic.

Are you the guy who moderated me down "offtopic" on the announcement of Linux 2.3.48, where I posted a question about a compilation problem I had with it?

Re:Me TOO!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1216210)

Mod the parent to this up !!! This is too fucking funny.

Universal Warning Label (UWL) (1)

gunner800 (142959) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216211)

Everything comes with warning labels these days. We've all seen funny ones and sad ones (anything that says "For external use only" is both).

Save paper and time! Label everything with this:

If you are going to hurt yourself with this product, don't use it. Stay at least five feet away from it.


Re:Seriously, tho (1)

cgadd (65348) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216212)

> Also, she had second degree burns on her
> genitals, since mcdonalds heated the coffee

Hint: Coffee doesn't go there!!!!!!

huh! (1)

chrischow (133164) | more than 14 years ago | (#1216213)

all console games give me blisters, playing tekken 3 even cut the palm of my hand open, can i sue?

consoles seem better for people with small hands anyway

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