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Button Mashing is often used when a character's strength is being tested or there is some other direct struggle between players. Button mashing is often replaced by "stick waggling" or other such gimmicks in order to seem less boring and appear more exciting and cohesive to the player.
The most common way to mash buttons when playing on a console is to place the controller down on a flat surface, usually a table or the players lap, and place one finger on the button the player wishes to mash. Then, the player moves their entire hand up and down, resulting in a number of quick hits and mimicking an arcade style set up. Also the thumb can be used, it is put on all of the buttons that can be reached and moved around to push buttons. For less demanding button mashing segments, many players just hold the controller and press the button normally. Yet another technique is to wrap a piece of fabric (which the player usually takes from his shirt) and continually move his/her finger across the button using a wiping motion, which reduces friction and generates many quick presses rapidly. Two fingers can also be used alternately, usually the index and middle fingers, to generate many button presses without overexerting one finger.
One of the more sophisticated uses of Button Mashing is to create immersion
by having the minigame
or quick time event
last for an extended period of time so that the player's finger begins to fatigue. This is most commonly used in strength training minigames
such as the weight lifting in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
and No More Heroes
, and the workouts in The Warriors
. It can also be used to amplify a sense of desperation in a dramatic situation such as the hallway crawl in Metal Gear Solid 4
and the knife pull in Modern Warfare 2