How Are Your Thumbs Holding Up?

#1 Posted by Seppli (10250 posts) -


#2 Edited by Seppli (10250 posts) -

With a small degree of shame and a great deal of nostalgia do I remember the first Tony Hawk's Pro Skater for PSX and how I played it 'til I had blisters on both my thumbs. I tend to push buttons too hard in such games. They make me tense up.

As per usual, whenever I become engrossed in a funsport game, my thumbs take some 'Battle Damage'. They are slightly sore and callused after 2 days of play, though I'm far from blistering. I'm not that tense anymore, nor do I play as much as way back when.

How about your thumbs? Y'all taking some SSX-related battle damage?

#3 Posted by Scinbed (10 posts) -

D.

Index finger hurts from pushing RT too hard and too much.

Right thumb is getting to the same stage from pressing the face buttons more than is physically recommended.

Worst though, is the inside of my middle finger where the back of the controller digs in. Like, it aches, and is actually red.

#4 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

My thumbs are fine, I use the right stick for tricks. So comfy.

#5 Posted by Zacagawea (1616 posts) -

They're just kind of sore after playing for a while.

#6 Posted by Redbullet685 (6090 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse said:

My thumbs are fine, I use the right stick for tricks. So comfy.

#7 Posted by iseemonsters (10 posts) -

Not just thumbs, I also find I have sore patches on the palms of my hands where the bottom of the controller digs in when I grip it too hard.

#8 Posted by EmuLeader (558 posts) -

@Scinbed said:

Index finger hurts from pushing RT too hard and too much.

This. I mash down the RT like crazy. its worse than an FPS.

#9 Posted by eccentrix (1614 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse said:

My thumbs are fine, I use the right stick for tricks. So comfy.

I use the sticks and I've noticed my right thumb becoming sore.

#10 Posted by JacDG (2131 posts) -

@EmuLeader said:

@Scinbed said:

Index finger hurts from pushing RT too hard and too much.

This. I mash down the RT like crazy. its worse than an FPS.

My only problem as well.

#11 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1542 posts) -

My thumbs are fine, it's my thumbsticks that are the problem. I use convex thumbsticks because I think the 360 ones are trash. Of course the duder who sells the only actual good convex sticks that are designed for a 360 controller hasn't stocked them in over a year.

#12 Posted by BPRJCTX (709 posts) -

@WilltheMagicAsian: Well, i guess opinions are bitch, because i think that convex sticks are the most illogical piece of crap ever made.

Played with the dualshock for years, and i can't count how many times i'd get sweatty hands, and had to fucking stop teh game, to wipe down the controller, cos my fingers would just slide off.

Funny thing is, the first Dual Shock ever made (it wasn't actually called Dual Shock, but it was the first PS controller with 2 sticks) had concave sticks, and then when they released the Dual Shock, they just decided it was fun going backwards.

#13 Posted by Eristocrat (440 posts) -

The spot on my thumb I use tp press A is pretty sore but no blisters or anything crazy.

#14 Posted by HotSauceMagik (264 posts) -

I'm peeling the rubber off of the left stick on my 360 controller because when I hold backflips, my fingernail digs into the lip. No soft tissue, or musculo-skeletal injuries yet though.

#15 Posted by mfpantst (2574 posts) -
@WilltheMagicAsian said:

My thumbs are fine, it's my thumbsticks that are the problem. I use convex thumbsticks because I think the 360 ones are trash. Of course the duder who sells the only actual good convex sticks that are designed for a 360 controller hasn't stocked them in over a year.

I need to take a picture of my onza razer's covers on my left stick.  Lets say you have a ways to go to get to the complete shittedness of my covers...
#16 Edited by WilltheMagicAsian (1542 posts) -

@BPRJCTX said:

@WilltheMagicAsian: Well, i guess opinions are bitch, because i think that convex sticks are the most illogical piece of crap ever made.

Played with the dualshock for years, and i can't count how many times i'd get sweatty hands, and had to fucking stop teh game, to wipe down the controller, cos my fingers would just slide off.

Funny thing is, the first Dual Shock ever made (it wasn't actually called Dual Shock, but it was the first PS controller with 2 sticks) had concave sticks, and then when they released the Dual Shock, they just decided it was fun going backwards.

I don't use them because I'm used to a dualshock, I use them because I use the middle of my thumbs to move the analog sticks, which just doesn't fly on a concave thumbstick. I never had a problem with my fingers slipping even with sweaty hands on a convex thumbstick, only on concave thumbsticks.

#17 Posted by BPRJCTX (709 posts) -

@WilltheMagicAsian: Well, that's why i said that opinions are a bitch, because, i can't for the love of me play well with convex sticks, i mean i can play a game on a dulshock no problem, but if i want to get serious or do somehing more difficult on it, and it uses the sticks...

Let's just say you don't want to walk up on me when that happens, cos there will be wet tissues on the floor, and i'll be sweating my ass off, and it'll just look bad...

#18 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5293 posts) -

I've been destroying my wrists playing with classic control on a 360, but my thumbs are good. These are pro skater thumbs. Strong like bull thumbs.

#19 Posted by MachoFantastico (4890 posts) -

Ironically I've had severe hand problems over the winter, I have rheumatoid arthritis and my doc reckons I might have osteroarthritis in my hands. So it's been painful, but it goes to show how much I've been enjoying the game that I've ignored it for the most part.

Have to say, the classic controls don't suit the 360 controller for me, much prefer the new system.

#20 Posted by Rastaban (4 posts) -

For me it's my left finger that's forming a slight callus. Somehow I think the harder I hold the left trigger, the less likely I'd be to fly off a rail. :D

#21 Posted by CrazyBagMan (859 posts) -

It's my index finger that starts hurting, from too much boosting.

#22 Posted by razkazz (167 posts) -
@CrazyBagMan said:

It's my index finger that starts hurting, from too much boosting.

^ This, so much this! I finally picked this up new for twenty bucks and it's totally exceeded my high expectations as an SSX3 lover, but damn it's killing my hands. Sorry to bump this thread but everyone must know my pain! I've been playing for the last couple days on 360 (default controls w/ face buttons) and my right index finger feels like it was beaten with a hammer in my sleep from boosting. Not even exaggerating, it's so brutal I had to do a search to see if I was the only one; glad to see I'm not? I'm really missing my soft, squishy PS3 controller but this game is too addictive to stop. :D
 
Any other recent buyers causing themselves severe but totally worthwhile amounts of pain on this thing?

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